Thaden’s upper school program challenges and supports students at each stage of their development as they move from the mastery of foundational knowledge toward increasingly independent and self-directed modes of inquiry. Our upper school faculty encourage students to share, question, and dissent as they acquire the skills and confidence needed to think critically and creatively. Our trimester schedule and longer class periods encourage intellectual independence by allowing students to design and undertake focused, immersive projects that take advantage of Northwest Arkansas’ abundant natural and cultural resources. Our co-curricular offerings also invite self-expression and present opportunities for students to develop as campus and community leaders. By teaching students to ask the right questions and empowering them to pursue the right answers, Thaden’s upper school program provides a foundation for success in college and a life of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.