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Creating a Community that Nurtures Young People

"Wellsprings gives us students the hope that we can succeed.” - Jacob, Junior

For many different reasons, some teenagers have difficulty being students in the high schools they have attended. At Wellsprings, we create learning approaches that work for the individual and honor each person for who they are.

In a community of support, students are encouraged to pursue their interests with the help of teachers and other students. Typically, they experience an increase in their self-esteem and self-confidence, recognizing their ability to succeed in the world.

“The teachers don’t simply know names; they know our sons and daughters.” - Parent

One theme our students have in common is that their prior educational experience was not fulfilling their needs.  But among the 60 students at Wellsprings, there are 60 different reasons for being here.  Some of those factors are:

  • credit deficiencies
  • unstable home environment
  • struggling with social anxiety (shyness, unable to make friends, etc.)
  • having dropped out of one school already, or are "at-risk"
  • anger management, PTSD, or other such issues
  • unable to function in large high school
  • unable to learn in large classes
  • distressed by clique culture
  • have been bullied
  • late bloomers
  • unconventional learning styles
  • have been homeschooled, seek similar small, safe, individualized learning environment...which also offers opportunity for normal teen socializing
  • burned out from high-pressured academics
  • have been expelled from other schools
  • are drawn to our friendly, supportive community ethos, and/or the highly individualized focus

Nondiscrimination Policy

Wellsprings Friends School is an open and welcoming environment, where all people are respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin or sexual orientation in student admissions, financial aid awards, hiring staff, or any other program or activity of the school.