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.

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Springhouse Community School is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. It is also a community of people with respect for diversity. The school emphasizes the dignity and equality common to all persons and adheres to a strict nondiscrimination policy regarding the treatment of individual faculty, staff, students, family members, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. Springhouse is an equal opportunity employer. In accord with federal law and applicable Virginia statutes, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, disability, or status as a veteran in employment or in any program or activity offered or sponsored by the school.

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