The basis of
academic life and community life at Wellsprings is articulated in our
booklet of Understandings and Agreements.
Every prospective student is given a hard copy when they
apply. During the admissions interview, the Understandings
and Agreements are discussed in detail with the student and
parent/guardian. Please click on the foregoing link to see
the entire document. Below you can read what we call our five "Basic Agreements".
1: I want to be here and will participate willingly in the
understand that Wellsprings Friends School is a learning community
with few but very meaningful traditions and expectations. School
traditions include such things as Morning Circle, Community Meetings,
Silent Meetings, and Friday Activities, which are part of a required
credit-bearing class, “CB”. Expectations include performing
chores, respecting all persons, and respecting the property of
agree to try to live up to the basic ideals of the school and to take
part in community activities with a good will.
2: I am here to learn.
mission of Wellsprings Friends School is education. While learning
occurs all the time during the school day, class time is especially
focused on content and processes that are important for my growth as
a mature human being. I agree to attend my classes all or most of
the time. I agree not to be disruptive to others during class time. I
agree to take responsibility, in consultation with my advisor and
other staff, for my education in general, and for meeting the
specific requirements for graduation. I understand that learning
requires consistent class attendance and participation in order to
develop mastery of skills and intellectual growth in knowledge,
critical thinking, and communication. A
minimum of 80% class attendance is essential for successful learning
and full credit and graduating on time.
3: I will help create a safe emotional climate for everyone.
understand that one aspect of Wellsprings Friends School that is
extremely important to students and staff is the creation of a warm
and supportive emotional environment. Many students here have had
negative experiences at other schools with verbal abuse or physical
bullying, and therefore rely on having a safe and comfortable
environment at Wellsprings. I agree to avoid hurtful or insulting
language and actions towards others, as well as any physical threats. I
to act in a respectful manner towards everyone at the school,
including visitors, even though I may not like some individuals as
4: I will resolve conflicts nonviolently and in a problem-solving
is a normal part of life, and so are strong emotions. When conflict
and emotion result in violence, however, personal and community
safety is threatened, and relationships are damaged. At Wellsprings,
fighting or violent arguing are not appropriate. The Wellsprings way
is dialogue and problem-solving, by means of mediation or other
non-violent, healing approaches to establishing fair and just results
that both parties can accept. I agree to be willing to seek
resolution of any conflict I have with
others through non-violent, positive means.
5: I will refrain from using drugs or alcohol at school or at any
use of drugs and alcohol is illegal, impedes learning, endangers
health and safety, and degrades the reputation of the school.
Furthermore, some students are recovering from addictive use in the
past, and to encourage this recovery, a drug-free school environment
is very important. I
agree not to attend classes or remain on campus if I am under the
influence, and never to use or bring drugs or alcohol to school or
any off-campus school activities such as field trips.