Haas Hall Academy ranked No. 1 school in Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDUCATION - Spe­cial to North­west Arkansas Demo­crat- Gazette

Haas Hall Academy is again at the top of the list in ed­u­ca­tion.

For the sixth straight year, the Fayet­teville-based char­ter high school was re­cently ranked No. 1 among pub­lic high schools in Arkansas by U.S. News & World Re­port. Haas Hall Academy is the only gold medal school in the state for the 3rd year in a row.

The ac­com­plish­ments don’t end there. Haas Hall was ranked 19th among the best 2,000 pub­lic high schools in the na­tion by Newsweek. It also was ranked by The Wash­ing­ton Post as one of Amer­ica’s most chal­leng­ing schools, plac­ing in the top 1 per­cent for the fourth year in a row.

“It’s val­i­da­tion of our ac­cel­er­ated aca­demic pro­grams, out­stand­ing highly qual­i­fied fac­ulty and en­gaged schol­ars,” said Dr. Martin W. Schoppmeyer Jr., founder and su­per­in­ten­dent of Haas Hall Academy.

The school has a 100 per­cent grad­u­a­tion rate and a 100 per­cent col­lege ac­cep­tance rate, which Schoppmeyer at­tributes both to the schol­ars and to the way the school op­er­ates.

Out­side of the aca­demic rank­ings, Haas Hall Academy has many other im­pres­sive ac­com­plish­ments. It has won the 3A state quiz bowl cham­pi­onship for the sixth time. The FIRST Ro­bot­ics team was in­vited to com­pete at the World Cham­pi­onship for the third con­sec­u­tive year. The school’s Model UN and Model Arab League has earned over 125 awards. The school news­pa­per, Haas Hall Her­ald, was the re­cip­i­ent of the state’s top award at the Arkansas Scholas­tic Press As­so­ci­a­tion Con­fer­ence for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year. Haas Hall Her­ald was in­ducted into the Arkansas Scholas­tic Press As­so­ci­a­tion’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

The school’s self-sup­ported sports teams — cross coun­try, track, golf, ten­nis, bas­ket­ball, bowl­ing, div­ing, and swim­ming — have won four state cham­pi­onships, have had three Di­vi­sion 1 ath­letes and have earned seven scholar ath­lete schol­ar­ships. Haas Hall Academy does not use state fund­ing to sup­port its ath­letic pro­grams.

Haas Hall Academy be­gan in Farm­ing­ton in 2004 and moved to Fayet­teville in 2009. It was founded to pro­vide a col­lege-preparatory pub­lic op­tion for schol­ars in North­west Arkansas. Schol­ars, as Schoppmeyer calls them, come from all over the re­gion and from var­i­ous back­grounds. About 10 per­cent of Haas Hall Academy’s schol­ars were pre­vi­ously home schooled, and the rest have come from 19 school dis­tricts and six pri­vate schools, Schoppmeyer said.

“The schol­ars who choose to at­tend know that this school is an ac­cel­er­ated, col­lege-preparatory in­sti­tu­tion where they will be chal­lenged based on their aca­demic abil­ity, not lim­ited to ex­po­sure of ma­te­rial by grade level,” Schoppmeyer said.

Haas Hall Academy op­er­ates on a se­mes­ter ba­sis rather than a cal­en­dar year, much like most col­leges. Schol­ars take the stan­dard core cour­ses, but they also have op­tions that might not be avail­able in other pub­lic high schools, such as en­gi­neer­ing and ad­vanced science, math­e­mat­ics, arts and hu­man­i­ties cour­ses. They can even take col­lege cour­ses off cam­pus. All of this gives our schol­ars a feel for col­lege life and how they can suc­ceed at the col­lege level.

“The tran­si­tion from high school to col­lege is seam­less for Haas Hall Academy grad­u­ates,” Schoppmeyer said.

Haas Hall Academy serves grades 7 through 12. Par­ents must ap­ply on­line for their chil­dren to at­tend the school. Each ap­pli­cant is as­signed a num­ber that is ran­domly and anony­mously se­lected dur­ing the an­nual lot­tery draw­ing. The draw­ing de­ter­mines which ap­pli­cants are of­fered a seat at the school the fol­low­ing year.

Haas Hall Academy opened its sec­ond cam­pus in Ben­tonville in the fall of 2015. It will open two ad­di­tional cam­puses in fall 2017. The Spring­dale cam­pus is housed in The Jones Cen­ter and the Rogers cam­pus is housed in the newly ren­o­vated his­toric Lane Ho­tel in down­town Rogers.

“De­mand for our ac­cel­er­ated, col­lege-cur­ricu­lum in­creases daily,” said Schoppmeyer.

Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion may be found on­line at www.haashall.org or by call­ing (479) 966.4930.

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