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.
With all classes taught at the AP level or above, students are encouraged to challenge themselves. My oldest daughter increased her gpa as each year passed and graduated with better than a 4.0 gpa. She worked hard for her grades and hopefully that carries over into college and professional school.
Springs is a boarding school with day students, therefore the relationships students have with teachers goes beyond traditional schools. Teachers may be your house parents and your coaches, but in all cases, teachers are available for outside of class additional help. The boarding element teaches students about getting along with others and sharing responsibilities in the living environment with chores assigned each week to different students performing different task.
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.