Oklahoma City skyline

About Us.

Harding Fine Arts Academy is a tuition-free, public charter high school in Oklahoma City. The mission of HFAA is to prepare students for college in an academically challenging, arts-integrated environment, and we were founded with a vision to provide educational equity through this transformative learning opportunity.

We believe that all students can thrive in an engaging, hands-on experience that fosters critical thinking and creative problem-solving. In addition to traditionally required academic subjects (including 14 Advanced Placement) in mathematics, English, science, social studies, and foreign language, our students select from a wide range of courses in dance, music, theatre, martial arts, and visual arts programs. Some of Oklahoma City’s finest artists and musicians are available as instructors, advisors, and community partners.

Students taking a bow


Our alumni are a reflection of our all-inclusive, arts centered charter school. Their success provides us with the motivation to nurture the next generation.

  • 99% graduation rate, $3.9M in awarded scholarships
  • 56 State Superintendent Awards for Arts Excellence
  • 2019 Best Charter School of the Year
  • Oklahoma’s 1st Youth Poet Laureate
  • Newsweek #112 “Beating the Odds: Top High Schools for Low-Income Students”
  • Top 200 Ranking (or Top 12%) in US News & World Reports Best Charter High Schools in U.S.
1946 - exterior of harding building

Our History

Harding Fine Arts Academy is a college preparatory public charter high school founded in 2005 by John L. Belt. When it first opened, there were only 65 students in the 9th grade. The Academy now has 380 enrolled students in the 9th to 12th grades and is one of the top charter schools in Oklahoma.

A Brief History

Girl playing piano

Ready to Get Started?

Ready to learn more about our arts-integrated, tuition-free preparatory high school? We welcome all inquiries and look forward to meeting you.