At Springhouse, we understand that learning is a lifelong process. Throughout their time at Springhouse, a learner’s learning progression is competency-based rather than time- or content-based, allowing learners to focus on their own specific learning needs by strengthening and refining the skills outlined in the competencies. In order for learning to be offered in a developmentally appropriate way, learners are grouped into two cohorts: 7th-9th grade and 10th-12th grade.


Learners do not receive grades or GPAs at Springhouse. They learn about their growth through relationship and reflection. They evaluate themselves and also receive feedback from their peers, facilitators, and mentors. Through conversations, narrative written assessment, evidence gathering, and the competency framework, learners can accurately determine where they are in their learning. 


Learners self-assess and demonstrate their learning in each skill-based competency through a Defense of Learning. This process offers learners the opportunity to provide evidence of their work with a specific skill and have an honest conversation about where they are in their skill development.


Springhouse operates on a trimester system. Springhouse learners take one main course each trimester along with an elective course, dance, athletics, at least one internship, an offering through the Friday Discovery Learning Program, and one Experience Week Trip. A diploma from Springhouse Community School represents a rigorous journey of learning and growing


During their time at Springhouse, learners are offered experiences in the following areas to strengthen and refine the skills outlined in the Springhouse competency framework:

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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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