A Cool Place to School

Nestled in the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas there is a little school with a big mission: to support local homeschooling families by offering a community education environment that is saturated with love, encouragement, and inspiration.

The Short History

Headwaters School was formed as a collection of parents, students, and teachers in the early 1970s to provide a balanced educational environment for rural students who were homeschooling. In the late '70s, Headwaters legally incorporated as a non-profit. In 1995, Headwaters received a large donation and was able to buy 4.5 acres bordering the National Forest in Red Star. It is here that our current facilities were built. We were blessed to begin classes in this new structure in 1997.

Surrounding the building are a large field (formerly a local community baseball field -- now an all-purpose play field); a wooded playground; and the National Forest. Children are given free reign to play and explore all of these areas. (Outdoor time normally surpasses indoor time when the weather is suitable.)

Our hope for the future is that the entire facility will eventually be powered completely by renewable energy sources, and employ sustainable waste management systems.

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The Community

Headwaters School is an open community of students, teachers, parents, and friends living in the forests and headwaters of the Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas. With a vision of wide horizons and shared responsibilities, our stalwart goup build our first schoolhouse in 1976. Since then, faces around the school have changed, as has our schoolhouse, but we all still share great respect for the diversity and power of the human race and a love for the beauty of the mountains, streams, and forests. Headwaters School's high-energy clan seeks to live and promote love for all people and our precious environment.

If there were only one word to describe the Headwaters tone of life, it would probably be: creative. Our daily lessons are compiled of numerous constructive group activities and games designed to encourage critical and creative thinking. These activities are designed by teachers, parents, and often the students themselves. We are constantly amazed at the sheer level of creative intensity that the children demonstrate.

Beyond the classroom, Headwaters is a community composed of artisans and craftspeople, who share a love of creative and inventive endeavours. We strive to kindle beauty through our everyday actions. Artisan carpenters, potters, painters, tile-artists, glass-blowers, musicians, organic gardeners and farmers, authors, seamstresses, jewelery designers, dancers, actors, playwrites, and other amazing and diverse artists all grace the Headwaters facility throughout the school year, bringing with them their unique perspectives and energy.

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