Harding Fine Arts Academy

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Harding Fine Arts Academy
Harding Junior High School.jpg
3333 North Shartel Avenue
Oklahoma City, (Oklahoma County), Oklahoma 73118
United States
Coordinates 35°30′14″N 97°31′34″W / 35.50389°N 97.52611°W / 35.50389; -97.52611Coordinates: 35°30′14″N 97°31′34″W / 35.50389°N 97.52611°W / 35.50389; -97.52611
School type Charter school
Motto Arts, academics, achievement
Founded 2005
Founder John Lampton Belt
School district Oklahoma City Public Schools
Superintendent Barry Schmelzenbach
Principal Keith Campbell
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 390
Average class size 15-20
Student to teacher ratio 12:1
Mascot Firehawk
Newspaper The Beat

Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA) is a college preparatory high school in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is part of the Oklahoma City Public School District.[1]

HFAA serves students from grade 9 to 12. It is a public, charter high school; there is no tuition. As a charter school, admission is open to all students with interest in the fine arts. The school also receives Title I funding. HFAA uses auditions and testing for placement, but not as a requirement for acceptance.[2] The school accepts only 150 students per school year.

The average class size is between 15 and 20 students per class. The student-teacher ratio is 12 to 1. The curriculum integrates the arts, and students are required to take 6 arts electives to graduate.[3]

Harding Fine Arts Academy was founded in 2005 by attorney John Belt. It shares a school building dating to 1924 with another charter high school, Harding Charter Preparatory High School;[4][5] the school's swimming pool has been converted into a dance studio.[3]

HFAA is a National Blue Ribbon school[5] and has been placed in the top 10 in Oklahoma by US News & World Report,[6] the top 500 for disadvantaged students nationwide by Newsweek,[7] rated A+ by the Oklahoma Department of Education and was the first school to be rated OKA+ by the University of Central Oklahoma.[4]


  1. ^ "Charter Schools". Oklahoma City Public Schools. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ "About us: Frequently asked questions". Harding Fine Arts Academy. Retrieved November 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Oklahoma City charter school converts indoor pool into dance studio". The Oklahoman. September 22, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Lightner, Linda (November 17, 2015). "OKC's Harding Fine Arts Academy celebrating 10th anniversary". The Oklahoman. 
  5. ^ a b Torp, Karl (May 25, 2016). "Volunteers Help Renovate Harding Fine Arts Academy In OKC". News 9. 
  6. ^ "Best High Schools in Oklahoma". US News & World Report. 2014. Archived from the original on December 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Beating the Odds 2015: Top High Schools for Low-Income Students". Newsweek. 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2016. 

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