Located in Cincinnati, Springer School empowers students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Springer’s specialized curriculum and personalized learning strategies help students with learning disabilities build the educational, emotional, and social skills to succeed in the classroom—and everywhere else. The Springer Experience. Success Changes Everything.
The Springer Mission is to empower students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives.
To fulfill our Mission we are committed to fostering an educational setting that includes and respects the differing perspectives of all members of our community. Therefore, we welcome students, families, faculty, staff and trustees from diverse backgrounds.
We believe that all students with learning disabilities have the ability to succeed educationally, socially, and personally, and to ultimately become responsible for their own learning.
Whether Springer is new to you or you have a longstanding history of being involved in our community, I thank you for your interest in, and commitment to, fulfilling our mission. If you are visiting our web site, it is highly likely that your life has been impacted by a learning disability. Rest assured, you are in the right place.
With roots dating back to 1887, our service to children has grown and developed. Since 1971 Springer has been supporting and educating students with learning disabilities throughout our region, with an approach that is holistic in nature. We fully believe in the need to understand the whole child and have comprehensive systems designed to support the growth and development of each individual child so that they can find success. Whether we are educating students in our School or members of the community through Center programs we offer help and guidance that can help family members, professionals and members of our community through complex and often challenging times. We have done so for the past 50 years and are thrilled about doing so for another 50!
Our dedicated faculty and staff, along with thousands of alumni and their families and many supporters around the country know what you are going through. Springer will help support you on your journey, so please do not hesitate to reach out. We are all invested in the same mission: To empower students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. We believe that success starts at Springer!
All my best,
Our Mission intent is very clear: Empower students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. The key resources critical for this development are leadership with vision, a highly professional, knowledgeable staff with caring hearts, and a robust, research-based comprehensive program that is developmentally appropriate for each child. Both objective testing and demonstrated capacity to self-manage are used to track the students’ progress.
Springer is as strong as its staff. Their expertise, commitment to the mission, resourcefulness in dealing with multiple challenges, and loyalty to the organization are the pillars on which the performances and reputation of Springer stands. The field of learning disabilities is continually evolving more effective strategies and technologies. Opportunity for staff to continue training and development is key to sustaining this most important asset.
Students demonstrate partnership through active participation in their education. The partnership among the key stake holders in Springer’s success - parents, staff, administration, board and donors - requires all members to know, understand and strongly support Springer’s mission, strategic initiatives and values (marching to the same beat) and to have clear expectations of each other through role clarity and activity tied to agreed-upon strategic initiatives.
All work is done through relationships and communications. Relationships should have the characteristics of openness, integrity, flexibility, respectfulness, professional behavior, value-adding, and collegial in celebrating successes/learning from failures. Communication should be constructive, focused, thorough, and timely.
The programs, facilities and general operations are sustained through Executive and Board leadership, planning, staff retention, sound financial management, and fund development. These are maintained through organizational processes via plans, policies, procedures, well-defined roles and accountabilities.
Springer was established in 1887 as the Cathedral School for the Archdiocese. Reuben Runyan Springer, a noted Cincinnati philanthropist, donated the funds to create the school. From the beginning, it served children with special needs as the original school had a program for the deaf and hard of hearing children. In 1968, based upon a community needs assessment conducted by the University of Cincinnati, Springer became a school for children with learning disabilities. Springer continued as an archdiocesan school until 1971 at which time it became an independent elementary school for children with learning disabilities.
Having relocated several times, Springer moved to its present 6 acre campus at 2121 Madison Road in 1981. Since 1992, Springer has been accredited through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. The Center, opened in January 1999, provides information, referral services, and programs for students, teachers, and parents.