The Northfield School of Arts and Technology (ARTech) first opened its doors in the fall of 2003 and graduated three students its first year. ARTech was founded by a group of community members that included Jim Blaha, Winona Estes, Maryrose Gondeck, Keith Johnson, Leisa Irwin, Paula Manor, Anne Mikkelson and Griff Wigley.
They founded the school in order to create a project-based learning environment similar to New Country School in Henderson.
In July 2012 ARTech Charter School changed its name to Arcadia Charter School, highlighting its focus on all project learning, not just project learning in the arts and sciences.
In 2019 the school expanded off its south side and added three new classrooms, including a designated science room.
"ARTech preparing for first year," Northfield News, July 30, 2003
"Arcadia Charter School celebrates 10 year anniversary with open house," Northfield News, October 1, 2013.
"Arcadia Charter School marks 15th anniversary with something to celebrate," Northfield News, August 27, 2017.
"Arcadia Charter School celebrates 15-year anniversary," Northfield News, July 5, 2019.
Several Exectutive Directors have lead and shaped Arcadia over the years. Our current Executive Director is Laura Stelter.
Simon Tyler's blog, which he maintained for the Arcadia community while he was Director between 2008 and 2011, provides a fun walk down memory lane.