What kind of student will thrive at Thaden School?

We aspire to create a dynamic and diverse community of students. Among the many qualities, we hope to find and cultivate in our students are curiosity, creativity, empathy and open-mindedness, independence, ambition, and dedication. In considering prospective students, we also look for candidates who are eager to work collaboratively and participate fully in the life of the school and the local community.

How many students attend Thaden?

Approximately 225 students will attend Thaden School during the 2019-20 academic year. The school will grow incrementally over the following three years to serve students in grades 6 through 12. At full build-out, the campus and its structures will support as many as 600 students, although the size of each instructional section will not exceed 15 students on average. 

How does Thaden's calendar align with other school calendars in the region?

Although the trimester system has not been widely adopted in the region, our academic calendar begins on or near the same date as most public and charter schools in Northwest Arkansas and is aligned with sports seasons, national holidays, and traditional breaks. The Thaden year has a one-week Thanksgiving break, two-week winter, and spring breaks, and celebrates special occasions such as Louise Thaden Day.


How do we apply for indexed tuition?

Families who wish to apply will submit several financial materials to Smart Aid, which may include current pay stubs, W-2 forms and or filed tax returns. All information submitted in an application for indexed tuition will be held in the strictest confidence and reviewed separately from the family’s application for admission. Families may also choose not to apply for indexed tuition, in which case they will pay the maximum tuition ($24,600 for Middle School; $25,800 for Upper School). After processing an application for indexed tuition, Smart Aid will provide the school with a tuition recommendation that is subject to further review by our Indexed Tuition Committee.

Is my family eligible for indexed tuition?

All families may apply for indexed tuition. In determining each family’s tuition, many factors will be taken into consideration, including but not limited to household income, family size, number of children attending tuition-based schools (including college), assets and liabilities not reflected in household income, and other factors

Does an application for indexed tuition affect a student's chances of admission to the school?

We aspire to make admissions decisions without regard to a family’s financial resources — what is known as “need-blind” admissions — and in that spirit will review applications for admission separately from applications for indexed tuition. However, our operating budget is based on certain assumptions regarding the amount of tuition revenue that we must generate in order to hire our talented faculty and maintain small student-teacher ratios. For this reason, we may not extend final offers of admission until we have estimated the total tuition revenue that our student body is likely to generate as a whole.
When will a family learn the amount of their indexed tuition?

Offers of admission will include an Enrollment Contract stating the tuition determination.  These letters will be mailed by February 18, 2019, for families who applied by January 4, 2019.

Does a family's indexed tuition remain the same for the duration of the student's enrollment at Thaden School?

If your financial circumstances remain the same, and the school’s resources can continue to support the program to the same extent, your indexed tuition will be subject only to standard increases in the tuition. However, all families must reapply each year in order to confirm that their financial circumstances have not changed to a degree that would justify an adjustment to their indexed tuition