SMART CHOICE. BRIGHT FUTURE.
Ozark Montessori Academy
a Free Public Charter School
2016-2017 school year
Both schools are raising funds to train staff on Montessori philosophy and methods.
Parents, friends, and school choice advocates:
Here are some of the latest updates for Ozark Montessori Academy.
Facility and Renovations
Ozark Montessori Academy will open its doors for the 2015-2016 academic year at 301 S. Holcomb St. in Springdale. While we initially planned to open inside The Jones Center for Families (at 922 E. Emma Ave. in Springdale), we were able to purchase a building and get renovations started at the Holcomb facility thanks to an anonymous investor.
The building was once home to the First Baptist Church and later Decision Point. It has history and we want to honor that in our renovations.
Currently, the administrative staff is housed within The Jones Center until renovations at the Holcomb facility are complete. School tours will not be available until the academic year begins. The renovations will not be completed before that time.
Additionally, our location give students access to the Razorback Greenway trail and Spring Creek. The creek will serve as a “Creekside Classroom” where our students will produce natural science projects such as testing water quality, habitat research, rock and mineral analysis, plant identification, and much more!
As of April 1st, there are over 300 applicants for 120 seats! We have been blessed with positive media coverage and community feedback — our application numbers reflect that excitement. As our newsletter indicated, we are drawing applicants from the following locations:
- Springdale: 53%
- Fayetteville: 26%
- Benton County: 10%
- Other districts: 11%
We are frequently asked questions about the lottery event and enrollment concerns. Those can be found on the FAQ page.
Lottery Event Details
The deadline to apply to Ozark Montessori Academy charter school is today! All handwritten forms must be delivered by close of business and all digital submissions by the 11:59pm deadline.
The downloadable application (in PDF format) on our website has a minor error: it states that if a child is selected during the lottery, the parent will have 48 hours to accept that slot and enroll. Please be aware that you have 1 week from the date of the lottery, not 48 hours.
The lottery event will be April 15 at 7:00pm at the Jones Center Chapel. Attendance is not mandatory but is encouraged! We would love to meet our future parents and students.
We are currently in the process of creating our enrollment packets for students. Parents of children who have been selected will have the chance to take home the packet to begin the enrollment process. If you are unable attend the event, please visit the administrative offices (at the Jones Center) to pick up your packet beginning April 16th.
Parents attending the event are immediately notified of the selection. Others will be contacted by phone beginning the following day. We will contact each parent individually and leave messages if we are unable to reach them for one week before moving onto the wait list.
Community Advisory Board
Soon after the enrollment deadline (April 22), we will hold our first Community Advisory Board Meeting. Our initial CAB meeting will cover the parent survey results included in the enrollment packets, introducing our teachers, and discussing volunteering needs.