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Mission
The Anthony School educates children PreK3 through 8th grade in a challenging and nurturing environment, engages them through an advanced curriculum, and empowers them to become independent and excited students.

Founded
The Anthony School was founded in 1944 by Allen and Jeanne Anthony with just one Kindergarten class. The Anthony School is a non-profit organization which does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, ethnic origin, gender, disability, or any other consideration unrelated to education.

Accreditations
ANSAA (Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association)
Member of AAA (Arkansas Activities Association)

Enrollment
An average of 345 students are enrolled in grades PreK3 through 8th.

Faculty
Dedicated, experienced faculty members hold advanced degrees and specialty certifications. Over 60% of the faculty and staff have been teaching at Anthony longer than 5 years.

General Curriculum
Anthony's curriculum is academically accelerated in all grade levels.

Early Childhood Curriculum
The curriculum focuses on interactive, hands-on, child-centered learning by providing time in centers, free choice, and themed instruction. Individualized and small group instruction encourages learning based on each child’s specific learning style and needs. Cross-curricular instruction in Spanish, art, music, library, PE, and roller-skating round out the program.

A new addition to the Early Childhood curriculum is the STEAM program that provides instruction through fifth grade. The STEAM framework is engaging, hands-on and reality based and usually starts with a question. Students learn to investigate, organize, gather facts and clues, hypothesize, solve problems, design, build and create.

Elementary and Middle School Curriculum
The curriculum emphasizes research and writing skills, critical thinking, and the application of knowledge to solve problems across subject areas.

Foreign Language
Spanish (PreK3-6th Grade, Elective for 7th and 8th Grade)
One Semester of Spanish and One Semester of French (6th Grade)
French (Elective for 7th and 8th Grade)
8th Grade Spanish and French students participate in the National Foreign Language Exam each spring. With these exams, many of our students are able to be placed in upper level foreign language at the high school of their choice.

Fine Arts/Enrichment Subjects
Music, Art, Art Appreciation, Middle School Art Club, Drama/Speech, PE, Computer Technology and a STEAM Program are taught in PreK3 through 8th grade classes. Violin is included in the curriculum for first and second grade students and may be continued through 8th grade if desired.

The Performing Arts is a significant aspect of Anthony’s Fine Arts program. Each grade is involved in a yearly drama production, ranging in genres from Reader’s Theater to Disney musicals. Our middle school production includes 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who not only perform in the fall musical, but also work backstage to handle all technical aspects of the theater, including lights and sound.

In January, members of the Middle School cast attend the iTheatrics Junior Theater Festival in Atlanta where the students attend acting, choreography, and singing workshops, perform in front of Broadway professionals, and attend live Broadway performances. With 120 schools from around the world attending the annual festival, The Anthony School has received national Awards for choreography, dance, and acting. TAS has also won the coveted "Inspiration Award" this January. Students have also achieved awards for individual Best Actor, Best Director, and have been invited to perform before musical legend Paul Williams.  

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art launched the “Arkansas Declaration of Learning” program in 2015, which works collaboratively with Arkansas teachers instructing students in the fields of art, English, language arts and social studies to develop innovative curriculum that brings history to life and shares the importance of civic engagement with students.
The Anthony School is privileged to have an art partnership with Crystal Bridges and its educational outreach program. Our school received four sets of ten reproductions of original pieces of art which are used inspire student learning. In addition, our 5th grade students enjoy a field trip to Crystal Bridges where they examine and discuss original art pieces with a docent, explore the grounds and outdoor sculptures, and appreciate all the unique educational experiences Crystal Bridges has to offer. This partnership allows our 5th grade students to enjoy their first overnight field trip at Camp War Eagle. The students at The Anthony School benefit greatly from being a part of Crystal Bridges’ AR Declaration of Learning.

Optional Enrichment Classes
Gymnastics (PreK3 through Kindergarten)
Violin (3rd through 8th grade)

Achievement Test
A national achievement test is administered each April to students in first through eighth grades. Many 4th/5th/6th and 7th grade students are eligible to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP). Duke’s program identifies academically gifted students who score in the 95th percentile (or above) on the national test.

Parent Organization
The organization goes by the moniker, “ParentCrew.” ParentCrew operates by a Board of 16 parents and various committee leaders. All parents, grandparents, and faculty are automatically members of ParentCrew.

Athletics
Boys and girls basketball, volleyball, football, golf, tennis, soccer, cross country, track, and cheerleading are included in the athletic program. PE is included in the curriculum for PreK3-8th Grade. Qualifying for the President’s Physical Fitness Challenge is a physical education goal each spring for Middle School students. Our mascot is the Panther, and school colors are red and white. Homecoming activities are held in late January each year.

Technology/Hardware
The Anthony School launched a highly successful One-to-One Laptop Program for the sixth grade in 2012. Since then we have expanded the One-to-One Program to encompass all Middle School students. Laptop and iPad carts are also available to elementary students.

Interactive Whiteboards are located throughout the building. These electronic white boards are accessible to all students and are used to enhance learning and collaboration. Middle School classrooms have state-of-the-art hybrid dry erase wall coverings that double as the Interactive Whiteboard’s projection surface.

WiFi is available in every classroom and throughout the entire school. The Anthony School also has a Main Computer Lab consisting of 25 iMacs and two Mobile Technology Labs consisting of 25 Macbook Pro laptops each for 1st through 5th grade Internet research, writing activities, and presentations. Additional research stations are available in our library.

Beginning in 2011, The Anthony School enhanced our Center Instruction for our Early Childhood classes with the use of iPads and iPad educational applications. Each PreK and Kindergarten classroom has an iPad Technology Center as well as a dedicated OSMO Station.

Technology/Software
Students are exposed to a wide range of applications such as:
• Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
• Google Classroom
• iLife (iMovie, iTunes, iPhoto, Garageband)
• iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)
• Prezi, Wix, Weebly and other Web 2.0 tools
• Visual thinking products (Inspiration, Kidspiration)
• Graphic software (The Printshop, Pixelmator, Comic Life)
• Internet browsers (Firefox, Safari)
• Other Apple programs such as Photobooth.

Leadership
Leadership skills are developed through the following activities: Athletics, Student Government, Spelling Bee, Geography Bee, National Junior Honor Society, Science Fair Projects, Ambassador Program, Cheerleading, and Theatrical Productions and Programs.

Community Projects
All classes are involved in a variety of charitable community service projects throughout the year. Projects include Turkey Trot at Thanksgiving, canned goods collection in December, as well as a variety of grade level service projects for children and families in need.

Lunch
Chef Paul Novicky provides lunches Monday through Thursdays for PreK3-8th grade students. Students are exposed to a culturally rich cuisine – there are no fryers in our kitchen! Pizza is served every Friday by 8th grade parents and students. The proceeds from Pizza Friday support graduation expenses and an 8th grade class trip to Dallas each May. Each Spring, students are given an opportunity with work with Chef Paul by choosing the menu for specific months.

Graduation
An 8th Grade graduation ceremony and reception are held every May in the Gymnasium.

High Schools our Graduates Typically Attend
Mount Saint Mary Academy
Catholic High
Central High School
Parkview
Episcopal Collegiate School
Pulaski Academy
Little Rock Christian Academy


Revised 9-14-17