Tuition & Fees

Every School for Advanced Studies campus is a tuition-free public charter school. That means each school is fully accredited and funded by the state, so there is no tuition: admission is free of charge.

Like at any public school, students at the School for Advanced Studies may incur expenses for field trips, extracurricular activities, after-school care, or other academic resources.

Yes, financial aid is available for assistance with school fees. Please contact your School for Advanced Studies administrative team to learn more about the process of obtaining financial aid.

Academic & Social Life

The typical classroom at the School for Advanced Studies has 25-30 students in core classes, with slightly more or slightly fewer students for some elective courses.

At every grade level, our student’s complete homework to reinforce concepts taught during the school day and to establish good time management, organizational skills, and self-advocacy. Homework volume differs by grade level and by the student. A typical School for Advanced Studies student should expect the following homework:

Grades 5–7: 60-90 minutes

Grades 8 and up: up to 3 hours

We offer a full range of extracurriculars: from Academic Decathlon and Astronomy Club to Quiz Bowl and Yearbook; from Journalism Club to Mock Trial; from e-sports to any ball, bat, and common sports; from Magic the Gathering to MATHCOUNTS; from Minecraft Club and Physics Olympiad to FIRST Robotics Competition team and FIRST LEGO Robotics Competition; from Speech & Debate to Track & Field; from Basketball to Model UN, and from Brain Bee and Competitive Chess to Code Ninjas and Mountain Biking in the Arkansas National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

Furthermore, extracurricular offerings vary yearly based on student interest, and we actively encourage students to find peers who share interests and start new clubs, even as the school year progresses.


School for Advanced Studies teachers hold bachelor’s degrees, at minimum, and many have a master’s degree or Ph.D. in the subject they teach. When first hired, our teachers must attend summer training where they learn about our curriculum and systems and review classroom management techniques and pedagogical tenets used in our network. Then, each school year (during the summer and the school year), they participate in additional training and workshops to further hone their skills.

The experienced educators and administrators at the School for Advanced Studies have vetted and hired excellent teachers for many years. Our hiring process is stringent, and we treat teachers as the true professionals they are. We also have contacts and partners at top colleges and universities to help us recruit top talent for teaching roles in STEM subjects, humanities, and the arts. Finally, the School for Advanced Studies offers our teachers competitive pay and excellent benefits packages.

In accordance with the Arkansas Education Department requirement, not all of our teachers must be certified, but all are highly qualified. All of our teachers have a minimum of a bachelors degree and many have earned Masters and PhDs.

Student to teacher ratios can fluctuate by grade and subject.

Enrollment Process

Visit Apply Now to review enrollment policies and to submit an application. You will need to complete an online application for each child you would like to enroll.

All applications must be submitted through the online enrollment portal at schoolforadvancedstudies.org/admissions. Applicants offered enrollment at School for Advanced Studies will be provided with instructions for accepting the offer and submitting the required registration packet.

At the end of the open enrollment period, if the number of applications does not exceed capacity, all applicants will receive offers of enrollment. If applications exceed capacity, in any grade, the School will conduct a lottery to determine enrollment. Anyone not enrolled through the lottery will be placed on a waitlist.

Yes, we continue accepting applications after Open Enrollment ends. However, only applications submitted during the Open Enrollment period are included in the lottery. Applications submitted after the Open Enrollment period has ended will be processed on a first come, first-served basis, following applications received during the Open Enrollment period. If a waitlist exists for the particular campus/grade, the applicant will be placed on the waitlist according to the time and date of their submission, after applications included in the lottery.

The Arkansas Education laws allow an enrollment preference for children of founding members and full time teachers and staff. It also allows for an enrollment preference for siblings of enrolled students.

If a student receives an enrollment offer, then the sibling(s) of that student will be granted sibling priority once the registration packet for the admitted student is submitted to the school. This priority does not guarantee a seat, but it does improve the sibling’s placement on the waitlist and increases the chance of receiving an enrollment offer. We understand that managing multiple schedules and schools in a household can be challenging, therefore this part of our enrollment policy is intended to help families ensure that their students can attend the same school, if they choose.

Be sure to add siblings to each other’s application.

Each time an opening becomes available in a particular grade, the school will contact the parent/guardian of the next student on the waitlist for that grade and offer their child the open spot. If the parent/guardian declines the spot, it will be offered to the next student in line on the waitlist for that grade, and so on.
You may notice fluctuations in your student’s waitlist number. This is a fairly common occurrence, especially during peak times of enrollment, and should not be a cause for concern. There is a lot of movement on the waitlist in the spring, especially for entry-level grades, and as other families make choices. So even if your student’s waitlist number is high following the lottery, things can change rapidly.

There are many variables involved, so we cannot accurately predict chances of enrollment. Much depends on the decisions of other parents and the availability of seats at a particular campus, in a particular grade. Offers are made throughout the spring, summer, and even into the next school year. Our teams work diligently to ensure that anytime a seat becomes available, an offer is made to the next student in line.

Student Safety and Support

Each School for Advanced Studies campus has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying. At the beginning of every school year, all of our students (with parent permission) attend an anti-bullying program led by our Student Affairs team. These principles and best practices are enforced and revisited in subsequent sessions throughout the school year. Our teachers are also trained in recognizing and reacting swiftly and appropriately to bullying behavior.

The Schools for Advanced Studies network provides Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to disabled students in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), in accordance with all applicable laws and implementation regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). If you have specific questions about Special Education at a School for Advanced Studies campus, please contact the Special Education Coordinator at your school, and they will be happy to assist you.

Every School for Advanced Studies campus has a Student Affairs team. Individuals on this team offer academic, social/emotional, and behavioral support to students who need such support. As experienced educators, we know that strong support programs are essential for student success. The same is true for academic support as ir does for social/emotional support: our teachers hold regular Student Hours (before and after school) during which students can get extra help. The Student Affairs team also regularly meets with students who need extra support, working on organization, time management, stress management, note-taking, and other related skills that enable student success.

Constuction & Growth

Thank you for your interest in our future campuses. We plan on growing the network of high-achieving Schools for Advanced Studies in Northwest Arkansas and throughout the state. At this point, we have not finalized specific locations for our future campuses, but keep checking our websites and sign up on our Interest List to stay up to date on news and announcements.