Springhouse offers courses and experiences through six fields of study. These fields of study were developed in order to provide a well-rounded curriculum that encourages interdisciplinary exploration and learning. Facilitators determine which competencies apply to a course, and learners use the experiences organized by the facilitators to work on these competencies. Learners demonstrate their growth in a competency by showcasing evidence of their work in a Defense of Learning.

Learners learn through the fields of study by taking facilitated courses, working on independent projects, interning with local businesses, dancing and singing together, engaging in service-learning activities, and participating in expeditionary learning trips. Each learner’s experience at Springhouse will be individualized based on their strengths and the skills they need to hone, but all learners must work toward exemplary demonstration of all foundational competencies prior to graduation.

Science and the Logical Mind

Through the exploration and application of mathematical, logical reasoning, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills, learners are encouraged to take on various perspectives of the mind. Courses offered under this field of study focus on the learner's experience with the world around them and their analyses of that experience. These courses may include The Evolution of the Universe, Boat Building and the Nautical Experience, The Culture of Money, and Philosophy.

Culture, Language, and Humanities

Springhouse values complexity and diversity. By studying society and the scope of human contributions to it, learners come to understand difference as an inherent and important aspect of life. Through courses such as The American Experience and Courageous Conversations: Studying Racism through Music and Community Dialogue, learners have explored themes of citizenship and the complexity of social systems.

Community Engagement and Leadership

Learners are supported to explore their passions while also gaining experience in their communities and pursuing opportunities to lead. The Community Engagement and Leadership field of study includes internships with local businesses and apprenticeships with community members, as well as experiences like serving on the Student Leadership Council.

Somatics and Holistic Health

Learners at Springhouse learn the importance of personal health and wellness as well as movement practices that encourage a connection with the inner self. Experiences offered under this field of study include courses like Dance and Sexuality Education as well as mentoring and community meetings.

Sustainability, Equity, and Social Justice

Learners at Springhouse are encouraged to think critically and compassionately about how humans relate to one another and the planet. The Sustainability, Equity, and Social Justice field of study includes interdisciplinary courses that explore these themes in literature and historical events and through social research and service work. This field of study includes courses like learning about ethics and morality through the study of To Kill a Mockingbird and making connections between the natural world and the social challenges human beings face. 

Earth, Art, and Empathy

This field of study harnesses art as a tool to develop and deepen our emotional connections to ourselves, our community, and the Earth. Courses and experiences offered under this field of study, such as Ecology and Creative Map Making, empower learners to harness their creative gifts in service to themselves and the world.

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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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