Many students arrive at Springer having had significant difficulty at another school, but they leave Springer knowledgable, self-aware, confident and resilient. This is the result of a thoughtfully designed academic program, a well-rounded education, and thoughtful supports to meet an array of student needs.
A change of pace for students to thrive. Many students with learning disabilities thrive in motion or in the arts. Therefore, Springer’s master schedule ensures that students take Physical Education, Art and Music each at least once every week. This allows an intentional, necessary break from rigorous academic remediation as well as an opportunity to develop skills that they could build on for years after Springer.
Investing in the whole child. Springer is a small school of roughly 200 students who are all supported by professionals hired to meet a variety of specific needs to support student learning. Our Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Psychological Services staff work with individual students, and sometimes in small groups, to meet student needs, building skills and confidence along the way. Springer takes a great deal of pride in being a humble community with a deep, highly regarded system of student support.
Using tools to catch up and to stay ahead. Springer students utilize technology in ways that best meet their developmental needs. From our youngest students, who are introduced to iPads, to our Middle School students using personalized Chromebooks, our students not only learn how to use relevant technology tools but also the systems to support their needs. Students with difficulty reading utilize text-to-speech programs, while those who struggle with writing are taught to utilize speech-to-text tools. Springer continues to work with students to advance these skills and, in parallel, students learn ways that technology can assist them in demonstrating their knowledge.
Opening new doors. Springer’s Library is a recently renovated learning space designed for student engagement and enjoyment. Although many students struggle to read, that does not stop them from feeling at home in the Library. Lower School students visit the Library on a weekly basis, while Middle School students use the space for research and independent work. Additionally, Springer’s “Book Buddies” program matches Lower School students with peers in the Middle School to forge relationships across divisions centered around a love for literature.