At Springs, we create the environments, in the classroom and on the campus, for students to engage with faculty in the best possible ways.
Indian Springs School’s motto, Learning through Living, embodies our tradition of creating space for students to do and try and fail (and try again and do something completely different) and open themselves to creating a meaningful life. The role of adult community members in this process is both a delicate and essential one.
Indian Springs’ core values (innovative thinking, intellectual curiosity, integrity, inclusion, infinite respect, and involvement) guide our work with students. In many supportive advising relationships, there is significant overlap between how faculty interact with students as teachers and coaches and how we interact with them as advisors.
Janae Peters, Dean of Students
As advisors, our faculty members are encouraged to use their natural and authentic approach to students in a way that aligns with the school’s mission as they provide important guidance and understanding.
Our goal is to support students as they make sense of their freedom, independence, academic trajectory, and organic relationships in this educational environment. Many students will forge natural connections with teachers, coaches, and other staff here. For the students who might not make those connections as easily, the advisor and the advising group can be the built-in structure that supports them as they learn through living.
Students are assigned to a faculty advisor at the start of each school year. Advisors meet weekly with their small group of 8–10 advisees to discuss topics ranging from current events in the news to understanding and working through Bruni's sphere of influence to discussing the impact of sleep on academic performance. Advisors are also available to meet with students individually throughout the school year for conversations that lend themselves to one-on-one mentorship. In these individual meetings, students also have an opportunity to discuss grades and courses and any experiences that might hinder their ability to be at their academic best.