On February 12, 2001 the Arkansas State Board of Education approved the application from the Benton County Charter School Organization to create the Benton County School of the Arts charter school in Rogers, Arkansas. The first day of school was September 4, 2001.
Located first at Halstead Circle, the school moved in 2006 to its current location at 2005 South 12th Street. The K-8 school is the second oldest charter school in Arkansas with an enrollment of 495 students.
In July 2007 supporters of the Northwest Arkansas Academy of Fine Arts 9-12 gathered in the former sanctuary of Immanuel Baptist Church at 506 West Poplar to witness the raising of the proscenium. Two large cranes lifted the heavy beam into place and the space was transformed into the Performing Arts Center. The PAC became the heartbeat of the school where students gather as a school family, display art, dance, sing and act.
NWAAFA began in August 2007 with 164 students. Seventeen students graduated in the first graduating class of 2008. Twenty-three students graduated in 2009 and were awarded over $350,000 in academic scholarships.
The desire to extend Benton County School of the Arts beyond the eighth grade was realized on July 1, 2009 when the Northwest Arkansas Academy of Fine Arts merged with the Benton County School of the Arts forming a K-12 school system of the arts. As a result of the merger, Benton County School of the Arts K-12 became the largest charter school in Arkansas with an enrollment of 700 students … and still growing!
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