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Values We Live By:

At Wellsprings, we strive to exemplify the Quaker essentials of seeing the good in each person, honesty, integrity, simplicity, equality, peaceful resolution of conflict, and working together in community.

We believe in:

  • The power of affirmation
  • The power of community
  • The power of self-regulation
  • The power of nurturing
  • The power of teaching “outside the box”
  • The power of relationships
  • The power of non-violence
  • The power of silence
  • The power of simplicity
  • The power of acceptance
  • The power of walking lightly on the earth

Our Goals:

  • To hire as staff only people with the personal level of maturity to support the growth of each student.
  • To mutually decide with prospective students if this school is a good match for them, being open to accept and give a chance to students as much as possible.
  • To make education at Wellsprings an opening up, not a filling up; and to take the time to get to know each student and her/his individual learning needs.
  • To nourish a community where each person feels accepted and appreciated, and physically and emotionally safe.
  • To use dialoguing and problem-solving to deal with any issues that arise in the community.
  • To help our students develop an internal sense of responsibility rather than relying on externally imposed controls.
  • To assure delight in the ethnic, cultural, and social class diversity among our students and staff, and recognize that every individual experiences the world in a unique way.
  • To assure that our educational practices are in harmony with the Earth and with natural processes; to learn about sustaining the intricate, subtle and powerful web of life within and all around ourselves.