Our mission at Wellspring Community School is to approach each student as a unique individual and to inspire and empower every member of our school community to grow intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically. We aim to nurture a lifelong love of learning.
Awareness is growing that standards-based learning and rigid curricula are not serving our children. Wellspring Community School is part of a grassroots movement of progressive schools built upon the idea that meaningful learning takes place in an inspiring, flexible, nurturing and respectful environment. With an eye towards state educational standards, our facilitators develop an emergent curriculum that addresses academics in a way that is motivating and interesting to our students. Young people in our school are empowered to grow into mature problem solvers, conflict resolvers, creative thinkers, leaders, and active community members.
“Holistic education is based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to spiritual values such as compassion and peace. Holistic education aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning. This is done, not through an academic “curriculum” that condenses the world into instructional packages, but through direct engagement with the environment… There are many paths of learning and the holistic educator values them all. What is appropriate for some children and adults in some situations, in some historical contexts, may not be best for others. The art of holistic education lies in its responsiveness to the diverse learning styles and needs of evolving human beings.” - Ron Miller, educator, author, and founder of the journal Encounter: Education for Meaning and Social Justice
"From fourth grade on, creativity no longer occurs in a vacuum; researching and studying become an integral part of coming up with useful solutions. But this transition isn’t easy. As school stuffs more complex information into their heads, kids get overloaded, and creativity suffers. When creative children have a supportive teacher—someone tolerant of unconventional answers, occasional disruptions, or detours of curiosity—they tend to excel. When they don’t, they tend to underperform and drop out of high school or don’t finish college at high rates." - Po Bronson, Newsweek
"Teachers should spend time each day having sustained conversations with small groups of children. Such conversations give children a chance to support their views with evidence, change their minds and use questions as a way to learn more. " - Susan Engel, The New York Times
"Children are born are insatiable learners -- they want to see, to taste, to touch, to explore, and to learn about everything. We as parents, as teachers, and as a culture are taking this away from them. If we are going to get the oomph back as a country, we have to get the oomph back in education. The research on children and learning makes it clear that we can and MUST teach in ways that keep learning alive. We can promote values, life skills, and content in ways that engage children in learning." - Ellen Galinsky, The Huffington Post
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