The Delta School was founded in 2014 as a non-profit, independent, co-educational school for students ages 4-18. The Gaylon Lawrence Jr. Family, The Lawrence Group, The Wilson Education Foundation and a group of local cotton farmers joined to begin a school to enrich both the Town of Wilson and the greater area. The school was established to serve as a rural educational option in The Arkansas Delta, as well as a national model of educational excellence.
In 2014, The Delta School hired Jenifer Fox to envision and then implement her educational model and serve as the founding Head of School.
Fox worked though-out 2014 conceiving the overall vision and developing the program while working with the Lawrence Group to construct the permanent campus for the unique program. In November of 2015, the school moved onto its 23-acre campus. Once home to the town’s original founders, the Wilson Family, the campus now includes a series of learning pavilions, a Makerspace, The Wonder Space, The Garden Space, the historic mansion and a school apiary.
In 2018 John Faulkner served as the Interim Head of School, securing a provisional accreditation status with the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS) anticipating full accreditation 2021. The Delta School joined the National Association of Independent Schools, Mastery Transcript Consortium, and Global Online Academy. In 2019 the Board of Trustees hired Head of School, Andy Jones-Wilkins. He brings to The Delta School a wealth of experience combined with a tremendous feeling of hope for the future of the school.
The school attracts families from Wilson, Jonesboro, Memphis, Marion, Blytheville and all points between. The school doubled its enrollment in the second year and is expected to grow annually to its full capacity enrolling 150 students.