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What is place-based education?

"Place-based education is the process of using the local community and environment as a starting point to teach concepts in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science and other subjects across the curriculum. Emphasizing hands-on, real-world learning experiences, this approach to education increases academic achievement, helps students develop stronger ties to their community, enhances students’ appreciation for the natural world, and creates a heightened commitment to serving as active, contributing citizens. Community vitality and environmental quality are improved through the active engagement of local citizens, community organizations, and environmental resources in the life of the school." ~David Sobel, Antioch University

Clover Community School embraces a place-based approach to education.

What does it mean to be an "independent" school?

As an independent school, we are able to set our own curriculum and standards based on the individual needs of our students and families.  We believe in educating the whole child, and independent school status allows us the flexibility to do so.  Our desire to seek accreditation means we will hold ourselves to the highest standards as we fulfill our mission.

How much does it cost to attend Clover?

As a private school we do not receive governmental funding. In order to provide licensed teachers, quality programming, and a beautiful campus, we must charge tuition.  Current Tuition can be found here.

We rely on donors and volunteers to meet our $18,000 per student cost of education.

Will you seek accreditation?

Yes.  Accreditation is a lengthy process and we are in this process with Cognia a national accrediting organization approved by the Arkansas Department of Education.

Will you add upper grades in the future?

Our dream is to add an Upper School which would continue our experiential model and which would likely include a heavy vocational component.  Student interest will guide us on this possibility.

What calendar do you follow?

We primarily follow the local school districts' calendar though our hours are 8:30-3:30 Monday through Thursday, 8:30-12:30 on Fridays.  Friday afternoons are reserved for staff planning and development.

Do you offer financial aid?

Please check out The Reform Alliance for further information on these scholarships and vouchers:

- The Arkansas Children’s Educational Freedom Account (EFA) Program provides funding for eligible students to meet specific education expenses, including private school tuition, fees, uniforms and other expenses required by the school. Eligible students in 2023-24 include those on the Succeed Scholarship Program in 2022-23, students with disabilities, those who are or ever have been in foster care, students of active duty military, students entering kindergarten for the first time, students of F-ranked schools and students at school rated Level 5- Intensive Support by the Arkansas Department of Education.

- The Philanthropic Investment in Arkansas Kids Program provides funding for eligible students to attend private schools. Students are eligible for the program if the family's income is less than 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.

- Clover has limited funds available to assist students in bridging the gap between the EFA program funds and our tuition. Gap Scholarships are limited in number; please reach out for further information and eligibility.

Clover Community School's campus in the winter. The main building is covered in snow.
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