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What is a Charter School?

Charter schools are public schools that operate with an agreement (or charter) with a state, school district, or governmental entity to provide an enhanced education that is often unavailable within the conventional public schooling setting. These schools are open to all students, do not charge tuition, have no religious affiliation, and must abide by the same state and federal testing, financial, anti-discrimination, health, and safety regulations as all public schools. They typically have higher levels of parent, student, and community involvement and often realize higher student achievement.

Our campus is small by design, which gives it a private school atmosphere where parents, faculty, and staff can work together for the benefit of each child. Though it may seem like a small private school, it is an established, tuition-free public school of choice.

The Barney Charter School Initiative

Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy is a member of Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative. To learn more about the mission of the Barney Charter School Initiative, please visit the BSCI website: http://www.hillsdale.edu/outreach/charterschools.


If you would like to learn more about classical education, recordings from the Barney Charter School Initiative’s summer seminars are an excellent place to begin.


This Hillsdale College online course outlines the traditional understanding of education and considers some essential elements of classical education in the K-12 setting.