The Springhouse competencies were developed by exploring the question, “If a Springhouse graduate has been fully supported in their adolescence, how would they engage with the world as they step into the next phase of life?"
At Springhouse, learners work toward proficiency in both foundational and advanced skill-based competencies, which encourage growth in areas such as collaboration, adaptability, self-advocacy, linguistic analysis, self-directed learning, conducting research, and incorporating feedback into future learning.
Learners are formatively evaluated based on facilitator and mentor observations of the learner and an abundance of evidence that is generated throughout learning experiences, including projects and reflections. A competency is evaluated based on the quality with which it is exhibited, its application in diverse contexts, and the learner’s own defense of their work.
Each learner's competencies are assessed based on evidence that is exhibited through a learner’s Defense of Learning, which is an opportunity for the learner to showcase the work they have done to hone a particular competency. Due to the interdisciplinary and integrated nature of learning at Springhouse, learners have a myriad of opportunities to gather evidence of their learning.