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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. 2019-20 tuition is $12,000 per year, plus a $500 Curriculum Fee. 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 AdvancED, 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?
We are pleased to accept the Succeed Scholarship, an Arkansas state voucher available to students meeting certain state criteria. Please check out The Reform Alliance for further information.