Springhouse Community School prepares adolescents for young adulthood by providing an educational experience that is individualized, rigorous, and engaging.
At SCS, students learn through projects, projects that may be self-directed, group-organized, or led by a mentor. Students are also offered project-based classes that allow them to strengthen their core academic skills in critical areas such as math, sciences, reading, writing, civics and foreign language.
At SCS, we have adapted the EdVisions format of project-based learning. This model has a successful 20-year track record in charter schools across the country where students are encouraged to construct their own learning in an environment that values curiosity, perseverance, and innovation.
Structured Learning Management: Students receive one-on-one mentorship every week that focuses on all of their learning and they are guided through their projects using a project management software platform called Project Foundry. Students are supported in taking ownership of their learning in all phases of the project process through the use of this tool and are supported to become creative planners, problem solvers and critical thinkers.
Socially Embedded Education: Students at SCS are surrounded with relationships that support their learning. The strong sense of community at SCS allows students to form collaborative relationships with mixed aged peers, young adults, and outside community members. The absence of grades or class rankings removes much of the competitive as
pect of learning prevalent in others school environments. SCS uses restorative justice principles and practices to resolve conflicts and to maintain an atmosphere of inclusion and respect.
Expeditionary Learning: SCS offers two Experience Week opportunities each school year. During this time, we leave our regular schedule and location behind and dive into a new experience. For one of the weeks, we traveled to Harlan, Kentucky to learn about coal mining, mountaintop removal, and Appalachian culture. Students learned about the music related to coal mining culture, visited a strip-mining site, and engaged in service learning at the local nursing home. This year for our local experience, we studied food production, distribution and service systems in Floyd.
Students are also given the opportunity to engage in a variety of offerings on Experience Fridays. Every Friday, we deviate from the regular schedule and invite community members to share their expertise in classes and field trips. Students have participated in activities such as craft making, biological inventories of local national park land, making sushi, learning how to play ukulele, and artistic performances at nearby universities. The SCS program allows for students to follow their curiosities while also being exposed to subjects that they may not have initially chosen.
SCS is currently leasing classroom space at the Floyd EcoVillage (FEV). Project opportunities at FEV include green building, organic farming and beekeeping, culinary arts and catering. Older students are supported in trying internships to explore creative, vocational, entrepreneurial and career pathways in local businesses. Students may even start small businesses as part of a project for credit or take classes at New River Community College.
GiveBig Fundraising Goal
This year we are seeking to increase enrollment to 24 students. Sixty percent of famillies who apply request financial aid to be able to offer this unique education to their children. Please help us to raise funds to boost our financial aid offerings.
Open House: 9:30 - 6:30 pm
EcoVillage Tours: 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Classical Music Concert: 7:00 pm Celebrating the cello as a solo instrument, Lisa Liske-Doorandish and her colleagues Joshua Dent (cellist, Nashville, TN) and Francis Yun (harpsichordist/pianist/conductor, Ann Arbor, MI) will present an evening of music together with Lisa's students from Community Cello Works, her Blacksburg-based studio. The music will range from Baroque to jazz to improvisation.
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