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SAIS Featured School: Indian Springs School

Wednesday, December 13, 2017  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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Indian Springs School in Indian Springs, AL, brings together a diverse cohort of just over 300 boarding and day students in the 8th-12th grades on a 350-acre campus where nature serves as both inspiration and laboratory. Students from more than 20 states and countries work together with Springs’ 40 accomplished faculty members in a model of shared governance. Students discover their passions by taking part in everything from athletics to choir to student-run scholastic, service, and special-interest clubs. A broad curriculum; idyllic setting; innovative independent study and virtual learning opportunities; international community; and cutting-edge, Silver LEED-certified classrooms (built in 2015) all enhance the dynamic teaching environment that opens doors to new ideas and new possibilities.

Founded in 1952 and led for its first 20 years by forward-thinking educator Dr. Louis E. “Doc” Armstrong, Springs has roots in the progressive educational philosophy of John Dewey, who inspired the school’s motto: Learning through Living. Our mission is to develop in students a love of learning and creativity, a sense of integrity and moral courage, and an ethic of participatory citizenship with respect for individuality and independent thought.

Personalized learning has been a hallmark of an Indian Springs education since the school was founded. More than two dozen advanced courses are available through participation in the prestigious Malone Schools Online Network, and endless possibilities for independent studies with dedicated faculty allow students to hone skills and explore interests.

Learning at Springs is both an individual pursuit and a collective endeavor, in which we seek to understand our world and one another. As members of a caring, international community, students from across the country and around the globe come together to learn and live side by side in order to broaden their experience and perspectives. Located just 15 minutes from Birmingham, a vibrant metropolitan area that played a significant role in the civil rights movement, Indian Springs draws from the city’s rich history as it highlights the importance of understanding other cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints.

One of our best-known alumni, author and educator John Green ’95, has said that Springs is where “all at once, I became a learner … because I found myself in a community of learners." As members of this passionate community, Indian Springs students are ready for college, and prepared for the world.

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