Harding Fine Arts Academy is a public, charter high school sponsored by the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. HFAA was founded in 2005 by John L. Belt and the HFAA Board of Directors with the vision that education was not simply preparation for life; education is life itself. Community leaders and fine-arts advocates had the belief that a comprehensive education required more than book knowledge. In addition to the traditionally required academic subjects, including mathematics, English, science, and social studies, students may choose from a broad selection classes in the visual and performing arts. Some of Oklahoma City’s finest artists and musicians are available as instructors, advisors, and artists-in-residence. HFAA opened with 65 students in 9th grade and has grown to an enrollment of 380 students in 9th- 12th grade.