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An Alternative Learning Community

Wellsprings Friends School is an alternative learning community for high school students. We believe that young people have a natural desire to learn. Students can be excited and inspired by creative learning experiences and a nurturing environment.

Education at Wellsprings is an opening up, not a filling up. With a maximum of 60 students in grades 9 – 12, we take the time to get to know each student and her/his individual learning needs. Students who were frustrated or turned off by their prior educational experiences typically thrive in our environment.

“Sometimes I wonder what the world would be like if each school took the time to help students discover that they have the power to change the world. I’m glad Wellsprings takes the time.”

– Anna, Senior

Creating a Climate of Affirmation

Wellsprings Friends School is grounded in our belief in the inherent goodness within every individual. The staff continually interacts with students in ways that affirm the integrity, creativity, and sacredness of each person. Our deep caring is manifested through simultaneous kindness and firmness, freedom and limits.

We foster a community climate of affirmation and mutual respect. Developing an internal sense of responsibility within students, rather than externally imposed controls, is our goal.

There is no place at Wellsprings for shaming or blaming. We use dialoguing and problem-solving to deal with behavioral issues that arise in the community.