Harding Academy (Searcy, Arkansas)
|1529 East Park Avenue
Searcy, AR, USA
|Motto||"High Quality Academic Education in a Christian Environment."|
|Headmaster||Mr. James Simmons|
|Number of students||686|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Athletics conference||Class 3A|
|Affiliations||Church of Christ, Harding University|
Harding Academy is a K-12 private school in Searcy, Arkansas. It is affiliated with Harding University. Like that institution, it is associated with the Churches of Christ and named in honor of an early minister of that fellowship, James A. Harding.
James Simmons is the current headmaster.
Harding Academy is accredited by the National Christian School Association. Many students take Advanced Placement (AP) courses and successfully gain college credit while still enrolled in high school.
The Harding Academy choral program has received high rankings at competitions, performing concerts and going on tours periodically. Several members of the chorus have performed at Carnegie Hall. The choral director, Craig Jones, won the National Christian School Association Teacher of the Year award for 2010. 
Other activities include Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl (AGQBA), band, National Beta Club, art club, history club, chess club, key club, and drama. The Harding Academy Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) have competed locally, statewide, and on the national level. In 2007, student Conor Kirkman won second place in the Arkansas state FBLA competition in the Technology Concepts category, and first place at the national FBLA competition in the same category.
Every school day the students and faculty meet for chapel followed by a 45-minute bible study period that all students grades 7-12 attend.
For 2012–14, the Harding Academy Wildcats participate in the 3A Classification and 3A Region 2 Conference as sanctioned by the Arkansas Activities Association. Boys may participate in these sports:
- Football: Harding Academy football won its first 3A Classification football state championship in 2012 with a 49–45 win over Glen Rose. They have previously won championships in 1976, 1977, 1983, and 2002.  The junior high football team had an undefeated season in 2007. They again had an undefeated season in 2012.
- Golf: In 2012, Peyton Wilhoit won the 3A Boys High School State Championship. Which is the first time for an individual from Harding Academy to win a State Championship in golf.
- Cross country running
- Basketball: The boys basketball team won the 3A classification state basketball championship in 2013.
- Tennis: The boys tennis teams have won three state championships (1974, 1984, 1986).
- Baseball: After just a few seasons the baseball team won the Arkansas AAA State Championship in 2008, the first time the school has won a state title in baseball (Bagley). They then followed with another championship in 2013. 
Girls may participate in these sports:
- Volleyball: The volleyball team won a state volleyball championship in 2011.
- Track: Won three consecutive state championships in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
- Cross country running: The girls cross country teams are 5-time state cross country champions (2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2011).
- Tennis: (state doubles winner and overall state runners-up in 2012) 
Harding Academy prides itself in offering a high quality education, by offering a wide variety of AP and Honors classes. The school also requires all students (grades 7-12) to take a Bible class; during these Bible classes the students are offered memorization work, and also a broader perspective on various topics of Christianity and the Bible. Harding Academy has continuously scored well above the state average on ACT scores. All classrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art Smart Board technology, which enables teachers to offer a wide array of educational experiences.
Students who maintain a 95% throughout the school year are honored at the annual Circle of Excellence ceremony.
Notable student achievement
- James Kee, 2006 state shot put champion.
- Conor Kirkman, winner of the Technology Concepts competition at the 2007 national FBLA conference.
- Jordan Simpson, named "student of excellence in foreign languages" by the United States Achievement Academy in 2008. 
- Kyle Tiffee, 110 Hurdles and Pole Vault district champion.
- Seth Ransom, 2012 graduate, won Stanford University's 2013 "David G. Larkin Medical Research Award" Larkin Research Award 2013 conference.
- Will Frances won the MVP award in the 2012-2013 season for both Football and Basketball. In that same season, he was a part of three different state championships: football, basketball, and baseball.
- Taken from the 2007 Arkansas FBLA results (see 'Technology Concepts') http://www.arfbla.org/Winners%20list.doc
- Hambrick, Pat. "Best in the Nation." 14 July 2007 The Daily Citizen (Searcy). Online Edition.  accessed 15 July 2007.
- "Playoffs 2012". Arkansas Activities Association. Retrieved 30 December 2012.
- Constance, Dale. "Harding Academy: Best in 3A." 25 June 2007. The Daily Citizen (Searcy). Online Edition.  accessed 26 June 2007.
- 2007 FBLA Competitive Event Winners http://www.fbla-pbl.org/fbla.asp?landingpage=competitiveevents
- 2012 Stanford University David G. Larking Research Award http://www.stanford.edu=competitiveevents
- Anon. "Jordan Simpson." The Daily Citizen (Searcy). Online Edition. Education Section. May 31, 2008. Accessed June 1, 2008. 
- Bagley, Quinton. "WILDCATS WIN!" The Daily Citizen (Searcy). Online Edition. Sports Section. May 17, 2008. Accessed May 28, 2008. (Report about H.A. the State Championship in baseball, filed from Fayetteville, AR, where the state finals were held.)