Programs for Children and Teens

Henderson State offers a variety of learning programs for children from pre-school through high school.

Davis-Baker Preschool

The Davis-Baker Preschool at Teachers College, Henderson blends learning with fun for preschool students. The preschool offers two kindergarten preparatory classes on Henderson’s campus—one for three-year-olds and one for four-year-olds. Younger students meet from 9-12 a.m. and the older students meets from 12:15-3:15 p.m. every weekday. The students are taught by Henderson education and family and consumer science students who are supervised by licensed teachers. Because enrollment is strictly limited, applications must be made considerably in advance of the opening date. Fees are $125 per semester for the regular three-year-old program. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Kindergarten Spring Round-Up

The Kindergarten Spring Round-Up is a free community service that provides children with an opportunity to complete a health screening required by state regulations before entering kindergarten. The service was founded by the Evelyn Latimer, a Henderson nursing instructor, and Charlotte Hunter, an Arkadelphia school nurse, in 1983. The annual event is a community partnership organized by a committee of senior nursing students and implemented with the assistance of the other Henderson nursing students, doctors, dentists and other health professionals who donate their services.

Arkadelphia College Prep Academy

Henderson is working to make higher learning a realistic goal for interested and motivated high school students through the Arkadelphia College Preparatory Academy. The program utilizes specialized testing to identify students who have a desire to pursue college, but may need additional education to succeed. The students participate in the academy as an intervention to eliminate the need for remediation once in college. All ninth-grade students are invited to apply for the academy. Each student’s progress is monitored annually to create a seamless transition between middle and high school and high school to college.

Summer Camps

Whether you want to perfect your volleyball serve or learn to swim, Henderson has a summer camp for you.

Lady Reddie Volleyball Camps: Henderson hosts a series of summer volleyball camps for students in grades 7-12. Two four-day sessions are geared toward the development of overall individual and team skills and two other single-day sessions focus specifically on the setter position and the middle blocker and defensive hitter play. Camps are directed by Coach Rhonda Thigpen, a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Band Camps: Henderson Band Camp is an over-40-year tradition that attracts more than 1,000 students to campus every year. Three sessions are available:

  • Junior I — for students who just finished their first year in band;
  • Junior II — for students who have completed their second or third year of band;
  • Senior High School—for students who are entering their 9th -12th grade band programs.

Each session ranges from 5 to 7 days. Camp instructors are all band directors, frequently Henderson alumni, who teach in the public schools in Arkansas. Camp counselors are Henderson students who interact with campers during the times when they are not in band rehearsals or sectionals. Each year a new guest artist is featured, usually someone who performs in a symphony or has a distinguished solo career. Past artists have included Otis Murphy, who saxophone professor at Indiana University and Greg Pattillo, a famous beat-box flutist.

After School ArtLab

Henderson State's After School ArtLab provides one on one instruction for K-12 students with Artists and Art Education candidates. Participants are offered a variety of art experiences including drawing, printmaking, ceramics, painting, and sculpture. Classes are located in the Russell Fine Arts Building and Art Annex.

Summer Institute

Henderson’s Summer Institute gives prospective students an in-depth look at college life. The 10-12th grade participants are selected from high schools in surrounding counties and have demonstrated the ability to succeed in higher education but are not being encouraged to attend, for various reasons. Facilitators from the university and community lead seminars to teach about financial aid, study skills, leadership and other academic enrichment activities. Participants live in campus housing and eat at the dining hall all week, to simulate a real college experience.

Learn to Swim

Swim classes are offered at the Arkadelphia Aquatic Park  and the Henderson State Pool for beginners through advanced swimmers.