While we are at school (as opposed to in the field), the academic curriculum is very similar to that of a traditional high school, with a little bit of an added focus on critical thinking and creative projects.  We choose a combined academic and residential theme each year that influences the content of our courses and gives them a common thread.

This year’s theme is, “Why lead an examined life?” While academics are similar to that of other schools, there are two aspects that we believe set them apart. One is the individualized nature of each student’s curriculum. The Academic Director and teaching staff give a unique amount of attention to each student’s individual needs in each subject. Courses taught include English, Math, Spanish, History, Science, and electives, and Link School students who complete their senior year with us—and meet all graduation requirements—will receive a high school diploma at graduation.  The other unique aspect is the amount of time we spend taking our academics into the field. For example, students have gotten the opportunity to study geology while floating on rivers beneath canyon walls, study immigration by visiting the US/Mexico border, study the Dust Bowl by visiting the XIT ranch, etc. The act of bringing our academics to life through our expeditions provides an opportunity for deeper thought and memorable learning.

For a link to our regularly updated academic blog, click here.

For a link to a recent posting on educational trends that mentions The Link School, click here.

Accreditation:  North Central Association/AdvancED.  North Central and AdvancED is the world-wide leader in academic accreditation of independent schools (

To download a pdf of our current course catalog, please click here (this is updated at the end of August of each year).  For a copy of our current course list, please click here (this is updated in June of each year).  If you are interested in back copies of our Course Catalogs, please click on the year you are interested in:   08/09 catalog, 09/10 catalog, 10/11 catalog, 11/12 course catalog, 12/13 course catalog, 13.14 course catalog, 14.15 course catalog, 15.16 course catalog, 16.17 course catalog, 17.18 course catalog.

Link School graduates have received college acceptances from Colorado State University, Ft. Lewis, Ithaca College, Lewis and Clark, Prescott College, Principia College, Quest, St. Johns, University of Denver, University of the Ozarks, Warren Wilson, Western State, and Whitman College.



Link School science class studying hydrology along the Arkansas River