Hi, my name is Jack Walker and I am a junior here at Springhouse Community School. When I first arrived here I would not have taken any risks and I would have most likely sat back and observed. However, since I have been here, I have learned to take risks and do things that I would have been afraid to do when I was first here. For instance whitewater rafting is something that I would have never thought about doing. I did it on our Experience Week trip on the New River and enjoyed it. I have also learned to be more open while at Springhouse and talk about things that seem private to me. This year, I actually read a poem that I wrote about my imagination, which is something that I probably would have never done even if I really wanted. Springhouse has changed the way I think and is helping me grow into young adulthood slowly (although it could just be me that is growing slowly).
Located in the small town of Floyd atop the Blue Ridge Plateau in southwestern Virginia, Springhouse Community School is a private, learner-centered secondary school built on a progressive, developmental model of education. Springhouse was founded in 2014 in response to a clear need - a need for a secondary school experience that empowers learners to actively engage with their education in the context of long-term mentoring relationships. The result is an innovative, rigorous, and truly transformative learning environment that helps students to connect with their passions, to navigate the complexity of adolescence, and to step prepared into their young adulthood.