Indian Springs School

190 Woodward Drive - Indian Springs, AL 35124 USA (205) 988-3350 www.SpringsExperience.org
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History

Indian Springs School was the brainchild of Harvey G. Woodward, a Birmingham industrialist who had attended M.I.T. and who wanted to establish a school in his home state that would train young men for a lifetime of learning. Mr. Woodward left a sizeable estate and a detailed description of his program when he died in 1930. The will survived legal challenges and the program was refined, and finally the school opened its doors in 1952 with ten faculty members and sixty boys. The school served as a boarding school for boys from Birmingham and rural parts of Alabama, and from the start the graduates went off to distinguished colleges around the nation.

The founding head of the school, Dr. Louis Armstrong, made certain that an Indian Springs education was far more than sound preparation for college. A program was put into place that was designed to awaken the intellectual curiosity of the students by making them aware of problems facing American society. Students were encouraged to keep open minds and become determined to change things in society for the better.

From the start, students and faculty worked together in a model of "shared governance." A constitution was written that explained clearly the responsibilities of students and faculty in the day-to-day operation of the school. The school ran like a small town, and the student government was given a strong voice in determining how the school would evolve. Town meetings were called regularly to discuss issues.

Student directed learning in the classroom and in activities has always been encouraged at Indian Springs School. The school's choir has a tradition of presenting concerts all over the globe. The first soccer program in the state was initiated at Indian Springs. By the 1970's the school had an equal number of day students and boarders. An eighth grade was added and the school became coeducational.

In 2006, the school reaffirmed its commitment to boarding by opening brand new dorms for all residential students. In addition, a state-of-the-art Science Center was also unveiled, again demonstrating the school's passion for academic excellence.

The most recent additions to campus are the Fertile Minds organic garden, which produces fruits and vegetables for the ISS Dining Hall, and an Outdoor Classroom. Both help students connect to the environment in a very personal way. The school boasts of its more than 2000 alumni, all of whom have experienced Harvey G. Woodward's vision of "learning through living."

Overview

Region
Birmingham AL Area
Program Emphasis
5-Day Boarding School
Boarding School
Day School
Small Boarding School
Summer School
All Grades 8-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Casual
School Setting Suburban
Campus Size (Acres) 350
Head of School Gareth Vaughan
Endowment n/a

Admission

E-mail
Web Address www.SpringsExperience.org
Director of Admission Jack Sweeney
Admission Application Apply to Indian Springs School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $65 Domestic, $120 International
Application Deadline(s) Janaury 31
Financial Aid Deadline(s) February 16
Financial Aid Awarded $1,049,276
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 33%
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (SAT)
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $17,950.00
5-Day Boarding Student Tuition $32,000.00
Boarding Student Tuition $36,500.00
International Student Tuition $36,500.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 272
Boys 140
Girls 132
Boarding Students 73
Day Students 202
International
China
Germany
Korea
Other (Students come from a number of countries.)
United States
Alabama
Colorado
Florida
Georgia
Louisiana
Mississippi
Ohio
Oklahoma
Tennessee
Texas
Wisconsin
Majority of students come from Southeast
% of Students of Color 14%
% of International Students 9%

Academics

Full Time Faculty 27
Part Time Faculty 9
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 78%
% of Faculty with Doctorate 9
% of Faculty with Masters 19
Student/Faculty ratio 8:1
Average Class Size 16
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Art
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Drama
Economics
English
English Literature
Expository Writing
Fine Arts
French
Geometry
Government/Civics
History
Mathematics
Music
Philosophy
Photography
Physical Education
Physics
Science
World Literature
A.P. Courses Offered
Biology
Calculus AB
Chemistry
English Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
European History
French Language
French Literature
Latin Literature
Latin: Vergil
Music Theory
Physics B
Physics C
Spanish Language
Spanish Literature
Statistics
Studio Art
US Government & Politics
US History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 642
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 663
Average SAT I Scores (Writing) 652
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Auburn University; Duke University; Princeton University; The University of Alabama; The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Vanderbilt University; Harvard University; Washington University; Yale;
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100%

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
cross-country
golf
independent competitive sports
soccer
softball
tennis
volleyball
Recreational Sports
other (A number of recreational sports are offered.)
Extra-Curricular Activities
African American Club
Ajna
Art Club
Asian Club
Astronomy Club
Choir
Dance Club
Debate Club
Digital Photography Club
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
French Club
Habitat for Humanity
Horticulture Club
Judiciary Board
Key Club
Literary Magazine
Math Club
Newspaper
Peer Tutoring
Quiz Bowl
Recycling Club
Running Club
Spanish Club
Spirit Club
Stock Market Club
Tour Guides
Women's Studies
Yearbook
Young Democrats
Young Republicans

Notes

Indian Springs offers an ESL summer program. Information about our ESL program can be found on the website.

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  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): February 16
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $1,049,276
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 33%

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