Onsite Learning: Springdale's Don Tyson School of Innovation
The Don Tyson School of Innovation is exactly that, innovative. Students work through curriculum as they master it, instead of waiting until the next semester to start a new course. Students are given the chance to apply what they have learned in a classroom to real-world situations. Our on-campus students learn in class four days a week and spend one day learning from industry and business leaders. From learning skilled trades, to getting ahead in college, our students develop the skills they will need to support themselves after graduation. 

The Don Tyson School of Innovation is a technology-rich STEM School. Why is that important? STEM is collaborative, project-based learning where kids solve real-world problems in a hands-on way. Jobs in STEM fields are growing faster than non-stem fields. We must produce more STEM-degree graduates to meet the needs of our future economy. If your child has an interest in science or building things, a STEM school would be your school of choice.

Career Ready
Are you dreaming of a career but don’t see yourself going to college? You can be ready for the real world immediately after high school with our offerings of Career and Industrial Certifications. Imagine: Commercial Drone Pilot License, Autodesk Inventor Certification, or Certified Nurse Assistant. That’s not all. How about Welding, Alternative Energy or Robotics? Just imagine the possibilities!

College Ready
Are you planning to go to college? You can get a jump-start, right now. Some students have the opportunity to move through graduation requirements at a rate that leaves room for college study. We have Associates Degree programs in Science and Art. We also offer a Certificate of General Studies after taking 16 college hours. Why wait? Our partnership with Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) allows us to offer college credits at approximately $50 per hour. That is a significant savings over traditional college tuition.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is DTSOI curriculum different from other high schools and online high schools? Our courses were NOT developed in a distant state, based on Common Core standards. We are the only school in Arkansas with curriculum developed by local teachers with input from Arkansas business leaders. Our teachers know what students need to be successful in our region, nation and globally.

Do I have to live in Springdale to attend DTSOI?
You are no longer limited by your geography. Any student living in the state of Arkansas can attend our innovative online high school.

What does "career ready" actually mean?
So many bright students graduate high school without the tools they need to support themselves. It’s time for a high school to give their graduates more than just the basics. Our on-campus students are given the opportunity to earn Career and Industrial Certifications. For example: Commercial Drone Pilot License, Certified Nurse Assistant, Welding, Alternative Energy and much more. They earn these certificates while still attending high school. Is DTSOI only for high achieving students or can anyone attend?
If your teen struggles, you are in the right place. Our unique approach to learning expands your child's thinking in different ways, leading to deeper engagement with school, getting her excited about learning again.  If your child is a high-achiever, we can nurture that trait by helping her advance at an accelerated pace.
How much does it cost to attend?
The Don Tyson School of Innovation is a Tuition-FREE publicly funded school within the Springdale school district. We are thrilled to be offering a free, unique and innovative learning experience to any student 8-12th grades in the state of Arkansas.

Is there a deadline to attend DTSOI in the fall of 2017?
You’ve made the decision to move forward. Now what? Your first course of action would be to declare your intention to attend our school by clicking on the ENROLL NOW button below. The deadline to do that is May 1, 2017. That deadline does not apply to current home-schooled students.