About Us

Welcome to Thaden School, a new independent school for Northwest Arkansas.

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 will offer small classes where students discover joy in learning and cultivate their potential under the guidance of masterful educators. Designed by a nationally renowned team of architects, our campus will be 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 will take 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; athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation. Our indexed tuition program will further enhance the quality of a Thaden education by allowing us to create a diverse learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together. In these and many other ways, a Thaden education will help students achieve a dynamic and enduring sense of balance that prepares them for college and the opportunities of our rapidly changing world.
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.
Clayton K. Marsh
Founding Head of School

Thaden School

| 410 SE Staggerwing Lane | Bentonville, AR 72712 | 479-268-5321info@thadenschool.org