The second of our 2016 heads meetings throughout the ISACS region took place in mid-January at The New School, where President and Head of School Dennis Chapman was our host. Located in Fayetteville, the school is tucked away in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas, a region that is home to the University of Arkansas and three Fortune 500 companies, Walmart, JB Hunt Transport and Tyson Foods.
Founded in 1971, The New School currently serves 360 students from age one to grade eight. Just a day or two after our meeting, The New School Board of Trustees made the momentous decision to add a high school, with plans to welcome a ninth grade in fall 2016. The school’s mission is to inspire a love of learning and empower students to reach their potential for academic achievement, creativity, and citizenship.
What one aspect of The New School would Dennis Chapman most like to highlight for his ISACS colleagues? He states:
The New School is true to its name as we are constantly renewing our academic program and implementing the latest methods in our classrooms. A great example is our new Tinkering Studio, which has transformed our ability for students to engage in hands-on learning. You can see it in our students’ eyes when the intellectual spark is ignited while they are learning in this new space. The Tinkering Studio has been the latest tool for us to expand upon what has always been at the heart of our school, which is highly engaged teaching and learning.