Springs’ boarding program brings together students from around the world and teaches them how to grow as individuals within a vibrant, diverse, respectful community.
Since Indian Springs opened in 1952, boarding has enriched our school community by enabling students to immerse themselves in their educational lives, build camaraderie through common experience, and discover for themselves the meaning of responsibility.
Our dynamic Residential Life program gives a third of our student body the chance to live on our beautiful, 350-acre campus and to experience the benefits of Learning through Living beyond the traditional school day. From pizza parties to mat ball, nature hikes to concerts, boarders get to enjoy an array of fun nighttime and weekend activities and have access to readily available support from our dedicated faculty members, more than half of whom live on campus. The relationships formed and the experiences shared in Hess and Goodrich Halls are often the foundation of a student’s fondest memories of Indian Springs.
Boarding builds bridges between people and cultures, creating unique opportunities for learning, understanding, and growth.
At Indian Springs boarding is about being here, being responsible for yourself, and being with people who care. Living in one of our dorms is an experience that often changes the lives of young people. Residential students have the option of either a traditional room with a single roommate, or suites with three or four single bedrooms that attach to a shared living room and bathroom.
Residential Life is centered on three principles:
Weekends at Indian Springs are a time to relax, study, hang out with friends, or participate in one of the many activities offered by our Residential Life team. Activities each weekend are designed to provide entertainment, learning opportunities, and the ability to get items a student may need. There are often shopping trips, movies, and restaurant excursions. Trips to museums, live musical performances, dramatic productions, and sporting events also occur regularly. Several trips are scheduled around long weekends each season of the school year. In the past few years these have included day trips to Atlanta, overnight backpacking or camping adventures, and an overnight trip to Savannah. Often students’ favorite activities are held right on campus—movie parties in the John Badham Theater, dances at the Hut, canoeing on the lake, or cookouts with faculty and friends.
The dorms are not just a place to sleep; they are your home for much of the year so Indian Springs tries to instill in the dormitories a sense of community, respect, and sharing. Dorm residents work together, have fun together, and solve problems as a “family.” Dorm parents are there to provide guidance and advice, and to help students get the most out of their boarding experience. Students take pride in the dorm and welcome day students to their home away from home. Living at Indian Springs means building community.
The Residential Life program is an opportunity for students to get to know peers representing diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. This leads in turn to exposure to new ideas, food, music, and customs. Weekend activities also allow students to experience the best of Birmingham, a city known for its complex history, world-class cultural institutions, and renowned restaurant scene.
Students are encouraged and required to be active participants in the day-to-day life of the dorms and connected weekend activities. Student input is sought in all aspects of dormitory life. Formal leadership positions as Proctors or Commissioners of Boarding are available to upperclassmen, but roles in governing the dorm, problem solving, and planning social opportunities are open to all. At Indian Springs, we seek to empower young people to become leaders who effect positive change on their environment and the world. The Residential Life program helps to foster this goal.