Harding Academy


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Harding Academy’s Early Learning Center offers pre-K for 3- and 4-year-olds and provides a Christ-centered environment to learn, play and grow. With the view that the early childhood years are a foundational time to establish a love of God and excitement for education, the program creates a safe space for children to explore and develop.

Classes utilize play exercises that teach and reinforce spiritual, academic and social concepts. All of the teachers and aides hold degrees in education and use their knowledge and experience to create a developmentally appropriate environment for their young learners.

Through games, centers, lessons and other activities, teachers are able to focus on the class as a whole as well as individual students to make sure each child feels successful and confident, which helps them when they transition to kindergarten.

The pre-K provides an introduction for many to the Academy, and its students are quickly integrated into the entire school. Students participate in elementary chapel every day receive instruction from the school’s music, art and physical education faculty. From being partnered up with high school seniors and attending pep rallies, to visiting with Harding University football players through Bison Buddies and making trips to area senior centers, the pre-K is involved with the entire community.


Each classroom is centered upon teaching children to love God and each other through a variety of individualized activities. Every child is considered a unique individual and encouraged to progress at his or her own rate of development. Hands-on learning takes place through guided discovery and instructional activities.

Center times allow children the opportunity for choice play experiences in blocks, housekeeping, dramatic play, art, books, puzzles, science and discovery, music, and fine and large motor activities. Our classrooms are designed to engage children as they explore and grow in their understanding of God and their place in his world.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Kim Handy at 501-279-7217 or khandy@harding.edu.

Frequently asked questions

What is the tuition rate?

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is $4575.00.

Lunches, which are included in that price, are catered daily by Aramark. Snacks are also provided.

Is part-time attendance an option?

Students are able to attend full days Monday through Friday, or parents may choose to send their child on a part-time basis: Monday, Wednesday and Friday only; Tuesday and Thursday only; or half days only.

Do you provide after school care?

We offer an after school day care for students whose parents choose to leave their pre-K children with us from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Child care providers oversee this extension of our program with classroom activities, free play time, snacks and videos. Parents who wish for their child to participate must register their child. There is a 20 student cap and the program is set up on a first come, first serve basis.

If you would like to complete a registration form, please contact the director or assistant director for the proper forms. The fee for this service will be $25 per week and charged to your account. Credit will be provided for those days in which the pre-K is closed due to professional development dates and or pre-determined school closings. When registered, billing will be accrued for every week your child is attending the Harding Academy pre-K and school is in session.

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.


PreK Administrator khandy@harding.edu

Pre-K Assistant mmiller21@harding.edu

PreK-4 jmille9@harding.edu

Pre-K Assistant jamyers@harding.edu

PreK-3 kmthomas@harding.edu

PreK-4 rewelch@harding.edu