School Choice Week Highlights Competition Between Educational Institutions

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This week is National School Choice Week, which means parents have a chance to choose the best school for their kid.
 
Haas Hall Academy in Fayetteville is using the week to show off what they have to offer.
 
Fox 24’s looked into how not everyone believes new choices are helping public education.
 
 “I came here, shadowed for a day, and I’ve loved it ever since, it’s been a great opportunity,” said 18-year-old, Haas Hall Student Byrson Horn.
 
He started attending Haas Hall Academy Charter School in 9th grade after previously attending Bentonville schools.
 
“Originally I was at a school where the class size was about 800, now it’s about a class size of 60. But I think its created a small family environment that’s kind of allowed for deeper learning,” Horn said.
 
Haas Hall’s founder Martin Schoppmeyer said he started the school to help get kids better prepared for college, because in the past he didn’t have many choices of schools.
 
“School choice empowers everyone to get the best fit for their child. I had to go to boarding school to get an educational option and now there’s so many local options that I’m thrilled about. So you can go to a private school, you can go to a public charter school, or you can go home school, you have so many different options now so it’s great for everybody,” Schoppmeyer said.
 
But with more educational opportunities and choices available, mostly in the last five years, some people are afraid of what will happen to students unable to transfer if good students choose to leave a particular  public school.
 
The Public Information Officer for Springdale Public Schools Rick Shaeffer said those options create competition between schools, and regular public schools have to work to stay on top of things with attendance.
 
“You sometimes have to market yourself, and let people know that you are a choice. On our Facebook everything we enter on Facebook we put the choice, because we want people to know that Springdale is a great choice for their kids,” Shaeffer said.
 
Ultimately though, regardless of the amount of schooling options, it’s up to the individual needs of the kid to decide whether alternative public school is for them.
 
“The opportunity to receive such a great education, and that has kind of led me to where I’m going in life beyond high school, it’s been an amazing experience,” Horn said.
 
Two more Haas Hall Academy charter schools will open this year in Springdale and Rogers. 
 
Applications are currently being accepted in Fayetteville.
 
If there are more applicants than seats available a lottery process will be used.
 

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