The value of a Thaden education resides in the small size of our classes (typically no more than 15 students), the quality of our faculty, the diversity of our learning community, the design of our curriculum and campus, and the abundance of opportunities for students to participate in athletics and other co-curricular programs.
Our innovative indexed tuition program advances our mission by making a Thaden education more affordable for all families in Northwest Arkansas. Each student’s tuition is individually determined or “indexed” on the basis of the family’s financial resources. Tuition is all-inclusive and covers transportation to school, two daily meals (breakfast and lunch), all instructional materials, athletic uniforms, the cost of field trips and other special activities, and the use of a personal laptop for the academic year.
Most of our families currently pay below the maximum tuition. It is important to note that all families, including those that pay the maximum tuition, pay well below the actual cost of a Thaden education: many of our costs, including our campus design and construction, are supported by philanthropic contributions.
Funds generated through tuition are used primarily to recruit and retain a faculty of the highest quality and to maintain our small student-teacher ratios. For this reason, our indexed tuition program not only benefits all families financially but also enhances the overall quality of a Thaden education by enabling us to create a more balanced and diverse learning community where many perspectives meet.