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.


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.

Laura Stelter, Executive Director 2019-present
Barbara Wornson, Executive Director 2017-2019
Ryan Krominga, Executive Director 2011-2017
Simon Tyler, Executive Director 2008-2011
Tim Goodwin, Executive Director 2003-2008
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