Harding Academy

Middle School

Harding Academy is family

Middle-level education is a critical time in driving academic excellence. Harding Academy equips students as they develop strong study habits, continue to embrace learning, and value education as they begin to look toward high school and college.

Fifth and sixth grades are housed within the elementary school and seven and eighth grades within the high school. One of the benefits of Harding Academy is that all grade levels are on one main campus, so students can always feel comfortable in their surroundings as they move up within the grade levels.

The primary purpose of Harding Academy is to provide a high quality academic education in a Christian environment. Believing that Christianity is vital for genuine character development, we intend for the Bible to be the center from which everything radiates.

It is our conviction that we are living in God's world and that we cannot live rightly in his world unless we live in harmony with his will and purpose. We believe that the Bible is God's expressed will; therefore, Harding Academy undertakes to develop both the spirit and the mind.

To accomplish this, we strive to maintain academic work of high quality and to integrate biblical teachings in all that we do. Both administrators and teachers at Harding Academy believe that all education should be basically and thoroughly Christ-centered.

For more information or to schedule a visit for fifth and sixth grades, contact the elementary office at 501-279-7200 or sharper2@harding.edu.

For more information or to schedule a visit for seventh and eighth grades, contact the high school office at 501-279-7201 or mgowen1@harding.edu.

Frequently asked questions

What is the middle school curriculum?

Students participate in coursework in English, math, social studies, science and Bible. During their course of study, students learn the necessary study skills to build their content and skill knowledge to prepare them for high school and beyond.

Grammar, language usage, vocabulary, spelling, penmanship, and creative writing are also integral parts of the language arts program.

The math program stresses problem solving and mathematical applications while also emphasizing learning basic facts and computational skills. Technology is used to reinforce math skills and sharpen the student’s ability to reason and figure. The areas of science and social studies are a part of the curriculum at each grade level. Hands on discovery and research are a large part of the instructional plan to teach students the importance and enjoyment of asking questions and discovering answers.

Questioning, problem solving, research, group cooperation, and successful oral and written communication are invaluable skills for a lifetime of learning and working. Teachers strive to incorporate these skills into all areas of the curriculum.

Seventh- and eighth-graders are issued a Chrome Book for use throughout the school year. Students are expected to use their device as they take notes, make presentations, research, and create projects. Some classes also incorporate digital textbooks.

What is the tuition rate?

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is as follows.

Fifth and sixth grades: $8,200

Seventh and eighth grades: $9,305

(Tuition and fees for international students are different. Please contact cspears2@harding.edu for current information.)

How do I apply?

All applications are done electronically.

Does Harding Academy have a waiting list?

Harding Academy has certain limits on each class size. Some classes are at or near capacity. We will be happy to add you to a waiting list if your desired class is full. You may also contact us to have your name added to a wait list for future years. Please call 501-279-7404 with the parent’s name, child's name, child's date of birth, grade, year requesting entrance, and parent email to be placed on a waiting list.

What co-curricular activities are offered?

Visit our Organizations and Athletics pages for more information.

Is home school credit accepted?

Harding Academy accepts home school credit. For more information, contact Dennis Rine at 501-279-7206.

Do I have to be a member of the church of Christ?

While Harding Academy is affiliated with the church of Christ, the Academy is not only for members of the church of Christ. We hold firm to biblical principles and a love for Christ, and all are welcomed into that. A code of conduct is enforced for our students, which is to help us uphold our mission as well as to aid in our students' safety.


High School Principal sbreedlove@harding.edu

Elementary Principal mhenderson@harding.edu

Eighth-Grade Spanish rallen@harding.edu

Eighth-Grade Science rclevenger@harding.edu

Fifth Grade sdillard@harding.edu

Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Athletics kfester@harding.edu

Seventh- and Eighth-Grade English kganus@harding.edu

Eighth-Grade English crgarner@harding.edu

Eighth-Grade Social Studies chall5@harding.edu

Sixth Grade aharlow@harding.edu

Fifth Grade shenderson@harding.edu

Eighth-Grade Math bjones22@harding.edu

Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Chorus cjones@harding.edu

Seventh and Eighth-Grade Bible, Life Skills kkirby1@harding.edu

Seventh- and Eighth-Grade Bible klaferney@harding.edu

Coordinator of Enhanced Learning mbrooks1@harding.edu

Eighth-Grade Art mlake@harding.edu

Band anesbitt@harding.edu

Sixth Grade moliver2@harding.edu

Technology Coordinator mperring@harding.edu

Librarian krose@harding.edu

Seventh-Grade Science asmith26@harding.edu

Seventh-Grade Math bsmith17@harding.edu

Seventh-Grade History kturley1@harding.edu

Eighth-Grade History ewallace@harding.edu