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Day School Application

Our Day School program serves teens (age 13-18) and their families who long to live in a regenerative culture. Learning at Springhouse happens in developmentally-appropriate ways, which may or may not coincide with a learner’s age or “grade level.”

We are limiting the Day School program to 30 learners for the 2023-2024 school year, and we will no longer be holding open admissions throughout the year. Learners reapply each year for one of the 30 spots.

We are looking for learners who… 

  • Are ready to work hard to make the world a better place
  • Are self-reflective and motivated to know themselves more deeply
  • Are able to think beyond themselves and their own needs
  • Are excited to participate and grow in beloved community
  • Are able to adapt to change and think complexly

Application Process

  1. The interested family attends a Visiting Day or arranges a school visit (call 540-651-4673 or email us to schedule)
  2. The family submits the completed application materials (found below) by April 2023
  3. After the application is reviewed and approved by the admissions committee, an admissions interview is scheduled with the family
  4. During the interview, the prospective learner meets with the Day School Lead, Vitality-Centered Education Lead, and at least one learner representative from the Admissions Committee to discuss the educational model of Springhouse, the prospective learner’s interest in Springhouse, and any questions that may arise. The parents/guardians will also have an opportunity to learn more about Springhouse and discuss any questions or concerns. Alignment with Springhouse’s vision and mission is an essential component of these interviews.
  5. Following the interview, the family will be contacted regarding acceptance and further steps for enrollment no later than July 2023

Prior to applying to Springhouse, we ask that you carefully consider the following:

  • Springhouse does not separate subjects (e.g. language arts, history, science, math, etc.) into strict progressions. Learning is primarily interdisciplinary.
  • Springhouse is an accredited school that does not offer grades. Each learner contributes a portfolio of work to a gradeless transcript through the Mastery Transcript Consortium.
  • Springhouse rarely offers the same exact class more than once due to our responsive curriculum.
  • Learners will not be placed into a specific “grade level” dependent on age. Learning happens in developmentally-appropriate ways, which may or may not coincide with their age or “grade level.”
  • Learners will have a unique learning experience based on their developmental needs.
  • Learners attend Springhouse for at least one year prior to their final year, which includes a year-long capstone project.
  • Trips, exchanges, and opportunities to leave Floyd County are integrated into our Day School program curriculum through regular all-school trips, the Blue Ridge Passage trip, and a two- to four-week solo excursion during the second to last year.
  • Learners have a primary mentor who will be in communication with parents/guardians.
  • Parent/guardian engagement is an essential component of our educational approach. We see this arrangement as a working partnership with our families that is focused on meeting the unique needs of each learner.
  • Springhouse offers adult and cultural design programs that can and will integrate with Day School programming.
  • Springhouse does not view education as a commodity, and we rely on investments from all program participants, including Day School families, to thrive.
Finish Applying HERE