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 their individual learning needs. Students who were frustrated or turned off by their prior educational experiences typically thrive in our environment.

Wellsprings Friends School is grounded in our belief in the inherent goodness within every individual. 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. We foster a community climate of affirmation and mutual respect. 

“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.”


How Wellsprings is Different from Other Schools

Wellsprings Friends School fills a niche in the educational offerings of our community that no other school does, as we combine the following elements in a unique blend:

  • all students welcome and valued
  • a strong sense of community
  • teachers who connect well with teenagers, are mentors as well as teachers
  • consistent individualized attention
  • safe place for transgender and gender fluid students
  • creative, age-integrated, small classes
  • ability to accommodate many learning styles
  • considerable freedom of choice
  • emphasis on critical thinking
  • frank, honest, open dialogue
  • breakfast, lunch, and snacks available at no cost
  • school supplies provided free of charge
  • comfortable classrooms
  • low stress academics, minimal homework
  • report cards that contain lengthy, personal comments for each class
  • daily Morning Circle
  • weekly fifteen-minute Silent Meeting
  • all-school Community Meetings
  • all-school field trips
  • frequent class field trips
  • low student to teacher ratio