Overall, outstanding teachers with some teachers being selected for National positions with prestigious organizations following their tenure at Springs. When you have students finishing AP Cal in 9th grade, you had best be equipped with instructors with post doctoral work to be able to challenge gifted and dedicated students. Also Springs has one of the highest % of teachers with terminal degrees in their fields of any school in the Country. Those teachers without doctorates are gifted teachers and excel in laying foundations for learning in their chosen fields.
Understand this is a prep school for college, so this has no relationship to public school workload. That being said, in many instances, the college workload will be less than Springs. Do not even consider Springs if you don't think your child is not self motivated to finish assignments timely and balance a rigorous academic and extracurricular workload. There are students who only do academics, but I feel this misses out on part of what Springs has to offer in terms of athletics, clubs and activities.
The student judiciary handles the disciplinary actions for the school unless immediate action is necessary to ensure safety. Students learn the responsibilities of self governance during their time at Springs, a valuable lesson with great relevance following their graduation.
Assemblage of some of the top educators in the country, along with academically gifted students who are self motivated make Indian Springs unique in the southern states. Ranked in the Top-5 boarding schools for SAT scores 2015 and 2014. Springs students are held accountable as discipline is by other students elected to its student judiciary. The school benefits by being located on pastoral acreage complete with lakes for activities, and has just completed a major renovation of its classrooms and administration buildings.
The issue with the school is the leadership. The headmaster and his sidekick are out to run the school into the ground. They only answer to money so if you have lot of that, they will certainly listen. Other than that, they turn a deaf ear to you. But the teachers are wonderful. Academics are adequate - they offer the same AP classes as the public school 5 miles down the road offers for free. As soon as current administration is gone, the school should improve.
Excellent educational experience. Teachers are truly fantastic, loved and respected by the students. The curriculum is rigorous and challenging with many AP subjects available. Extra curricular activities abound and are well organized. The boarding facilities are excellent as is the cafeteria. The boarding program administration leaves much to be desired and was the only low point of our child's experience. Overall if your child will not be boarding - it will be a magnificent experience.
Our son has boarded at ISS since 9th grade as we live in another state. After we developed a short list of schools we liked, we allowed him to choose among them. The culture is one of appreciation for intelligence, good teaching, and high standards. No school is perfect, but this one is far superior to anything within driving distance of our home. We're grateful for the opportunity to provide him with a quality education in the southeast--we thought with our expectations we'd have to send him north.