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Haas Hall Academy is again at the top of the list in education.
For the third straight year, the Fayetteville-based charter high school was recently ranked No. 1 among public high schools in Arkansas by U.S. News & World Report.
The accomplishments don’t end there. Haas Hall was ranked 83rd among the best 2,000 public high schools in the nation by Newsweek. It was also ranked by the Washington Post as one of America’s most challenging schools placing in the top 1 percent for the second year in a row.
Adding to its list of recognition, Haas Hall Academy was named a higher-performing school this year by NCEA/ACT for the second year in a row. Additionally, Haas Hall was the recipient of the College Readiness Award by the Arkansas ACT Council in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and it was ranked No. 1 those years in algebra I, geometry, biology and literacy grade 11 End of Course scores.
“It’s validation of our accelerated academic programs, outstanding highly qualified faculty and engaged scholars,” said Martin Schoppmeyer, founder and superintendent of Haas Hall Academy.
Outside of the academic rankings, Haas Hall has many other accomplishments. This year, Haas Hall Academy had the 1A state champion Quiz Bowl team for the third consecutive year. The First Robotics team was invited to compete at the world championship and won the Rookie Team of the Year award. The school’s newspaper, the Haas Hall Herald, even took the state’s top award at this year’s Arkansas Scholastic Press Association conference for the second year in a row.
Haas Hall began in Farmington in 2004 and in 2009 moved to North College Avenue in Fayetteville. It was founded to provide a college-preparatory option in public education that was needed in Northwest Arkansas. Scholars, as Schoppmeyer calls them, come from all over the region and from different backgrounds. About 10 percent previously were home schooled, and the rest come from 19 school districts and six private schools, Schoppmeyer said. Haas Hall has a 100 percent graduation rate, which Schoppmeyer attributes both to the scholars and to the way the school operates.
“The scholars who choose to attend understand that this school is an accelerated, college-preparatory institution where scholars are challenged based on their academic ability, not limited to exposure of material by grade level,” Schoppmeyer said.
Haas Hall Academy operates on a semester basis rather than a calendar year, much like most colleges. Scholars take the standard core courses, but they also have options that might not be available in other public high schools, such as engineering, advanced science, mathematics, arts and humanities courses. They can even take college courses off campus. All of this gives students a feel for college life and how they can succeed at the collegiate level.
“The transition from high school to college is seamless here,” Schoppmeyer said.
Haas Hall serves eighth through 12th grades. Parents must pre-register their children, who are then chosen by a blind, anonymous lottery, Schoppmeyer said.
There are plans to open another campus in Bentonville for the 2015-2016 school term.
More information on Haas Hall Academy is available online at haashall.org.

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