History

Thaden opened in the fall of 2017 with Grades 7 and 9 and will grow incrementally over the next few years to serve students in Grades 6 through 12. We offer small classes where students discover the joy in learning and cultivate their potential under the guidance of masterful educators. Designed by a nationally renowned team of architects, our campus is located in downtown Bentonville’s Market District, walking distance from a remarkable variety of cultural and educational resources.

At the core of our mission is a deep commitment to balance that takes many forms: a challenging and innovative curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities through three signature programs (Wheels, Meals, and Reels); indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement that enable students to apply their academic skills and knowledge to real issues in their community; and athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation.

We have named our school in honor of Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden (1905-1979). Born and raised in Bentonville, she was a proud Arkansan and one of the greatest aviators of her time. Her pioneering and innovative spirit – at once regional and global in its orientation – will inspire our efforts to create a school that gives students roots and wings, enabling them to build strong foundations and reach new heights as they pursue their dreams and make their futures.