History

Harding Fine Arts Academy

Harding Fine Arts Academy (HFAA) is a public, charter high school sponsored by the University of Sciences & Arts Oklahoma. HFAA was founded in 2005 by John L. Belt and fellow community leaders and arts advocates with the vision that education was not just preparation for life; education is life itself. HFAA offers a STEAM-based curriculum (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) with all the standard subjects as well as a variety of classes in visual arts, photography, choral music, band, piano, dance, and drama. We have a internationally known Martial Arts program and are one of the few public schools in the country that offer the course for credit. Since 2012, HFAA has achieved an annual rating from the Oklahoma State Department of Education of A or A+ and has been name one of the top 10 high schools in Oklahoma by US News and World Report for the past 8 years.

Harding Fine Arts Academy Foundation

In January, 2019 our school administration was informed that the school building which HFAA resided was to be closed. In order to purchase the building, a group of advocates and community volunteers established the Foundation. Thanks to the generous support of individual donors, the Inasmuch Foundation, and Kirkpatrick Family Fund, over $500,000 was raised to purchase the building in July 2019. 

The purpose of the Foundation is to raise funds and support the activities and programs of the school by receiving, investing, managing, and expending non-government appropriated funds and properties. Our focus is to provide the absolute best education for our students. We are privileged to be located in an historic building with a strong history of excellence. With the help of our patrons, supporters and community partners, we are making improvements to the building and bringing it up to the standard our students deserve. 

The challenge for HFAA is to plan for the present and envision the future of Harding Fine Arts Academy. When both entities work together with the Oklahoma City community, the possibilities are limitless.

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