Academics

At Springdale Preparatory School, we believe preparation for college begins in middle school.

That’s why our private school academics program affords rigor, intensity and focus starting in fifth grade. It is our responsibility to prepare your child for college and for life, providing the skills and knowledge needed to tackle all of the challenges ahead.

 

Our private school curriculum is based on providing real-world applications to equip learners socially, academically and emotionally. Our culture of diversity instills a respect for all who are part of a community that collaborates to solve problems, works creatively and achieves at the highest levels. We will differentiate offerings based on the individual needs of each student and all is afforded the opportunity to learn through experience inside and outside of the classroom setting.

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Percent of mid-career boarding school graduates say they would repeat the boarding school experience. — Reported by The Association of Boarding Schools

Program Highlights

Springdale Preparatory School will offer a rigorous curriculum to prepare students for success in meeting the demands of the world today. They will be prepared to be engineers, mathematicians, poets, scientists, actors, computer scientists and artisans. No matter the field they ultimately choose, their Springdale Preparatory education will prepare them for the challenges ahead as professionals, leaders and global citizens.

 

Springdale programs will provide an array of rigorous and challenging coursework in all areas of academia. Leaders in their industries will facilitate learning for students in all grades, providing a glimpse of the future, whether in programming, science, languages or the arts. All academic and artistic works are applauded at a Celebration of Learning event, which occurs at the end of each semester to highlight student achievements.

 

Below is just a sampling at some of the programs offered at Springdale. Please refer to the Springdale Preparatory School Course Guide for the full listing of available classes to be offered this school year.

Finance and Mathematics Laboratory

Finance and Mathematics

The Finance and Mathematics Laboratory provides an in-depth, hands-on laboratory experience for our future economic and financial leaders. The laboratory’s hands-on applications simulate the stock, futures and bonds in different trading conditions as students study the peaks and valleys of the market over time. Field trip opportunities offer visits to high technological companies in this industry.

Computer Science and Database Systems Laboratory

Computer Science and Database Systems Laboratory

The Computer Science and Database Systems Laboratory focuses on the most popular and innovative technologies in use today, including visual data processing, innovation and expansion of the internet, and virtual augmented reality. This lab provides a series of hands-on endeavors that enables student experiences with a variety of computer science tools including coding, statistics and design related knowledge, and provides the opportunity to gain problem-solving skills through these projects, which strengthens mathematical and science skills.

Robotics and Engineering Laboratory
Girls share their robotics project in engineering lab

Robotics and Engineering Laboratory

Springdale Preparatory leaders have created a new laboratory concept, Fablab, to combine new challenging methods in robotics and engineering to stimulate students’ creativity ability. The laboratory is equipped with the latest 3D technology to enable integration from different disciplines. Project-based learning offers the ability to expand mathematical tools, cross-field training, problem-solving skills, teamwork, and innovative skills.

Biology and Environmental Engineering Laboratory

Biology and Environmental Engineering Laboratory

The Biology and Environmental Engineering Laboratory is equipped with chemical laboratory equipment and advanced detection equipment to enable students to understand the application of chemistry, biology and engineering in the environment. The laboratory program aims to cultivate awareness of global environmental issues and train students to make the earth a better place to live for generations to come.

Visual Arts Studio
students in art class working together on project

Visual Arts Studio

At Springdale Preparatory School, students approach the arts as an artist. The visual arts studio is designed to enhance the individual learning styles and content interests of each student. Study of the visual arts includes traditional studio arts including painting, sculpting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, and design, as well as new forms of art. The interconnectedness of art history, aesthetics, criticism and world events influence how artists create, and students explore these intersections through experiences on campus and at galleries and museums. Artists share their knowledge and expertise to facilitate the creative process. Students apprentice with working artists to design their own creations.

Performing Arts Studio
Performing Arts program student delivering speech

Performing Arts Studio

To cultivate life-long learners who respect, not only their own gifts but those of others, Springdale Preparatory School connects students with working professional artists to engage in real world performing arts activities. Performing arts today are no longer limited to theatre, dance and music. Performance includes art events, podcasts, web series and video programming, as well as comedy, improvisation, storytelling and acrobatics alongside more traditional concerts and plays. Thus, Springdale students write monologues, PSA scripts, plays, poetry, and even novels. They compose and perform music, song lyrics and choreography as individuals and members of choruses, bands and companies.

Dual Enrollment

Springdale Preparatory Boarding and Day School is committed to providing the most extensive and challenging academic program for students. We believe that students grow and expand their knowledge through on campus classwork and experiences and in a variety of ways beyond the Springdale campus.

 

In partnership with programs across the country, our students will have unlimited access to unique and rigorous coursework offered through virtual high school and college classroom programs. In addition, once the student is accepted to a college program, Springdale will provide transportation to classes at area colleges and universities, including McDaniel College and Carroll Community College.

International Culture

The Springdale difference is cultural.  Our new community will feature students from all over the world. Our American students will learn about different cultures from their international counterparts and our international students will gain an array of services and educational opportunities unavailable to them in their home countries.

 

Springdale is a welcoming venue that will provide an education geared to individual needs through a rigorous yet nurturing program that promotes global literacy through experiential learning and prepares all students to be independent thinkers and leaders in life.

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment

Springdale Preparatory School is committed to providing the most extensive and challenging academic program for students. We believe that students grow and expand their knowledge through on campus classwork and experiences and in a variety of ways beyond the Springdale campus.
In partnership with programs across the country, our students have unlimited access to unique and rigorous coursework offered through virtual high school and college classroom programs.In addition, once the student is accepted to a college program, Springdale will provide transportation to classes at area colleges and universities, including McDaniel College, Carroll Community College, UMBC and Towson University.

International Culture (TBD)

International Culture

The Springdale difference is cultural.  Our new community features students from all over the world. Our American students learn about different cultures from their international counterparts and our international students gain an array of services and educational opportunities unavailable to them in their home countries.
Springdale is a welcoming venue providing an education geared to individual needs through a rigorous yet nurturing program that promotes global literacy through experiential learning and prepares all students to be independent thinkers and leaders in life.

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Percent of boarding school students report that their schools are academically challenging. — Reported by The National Association of Independent Schools

Academic Advising

College Counseling & Life Planning

 

Life is a journey with many wonderful adventures along the way. Clearing one’s own path often yields better results than following the ruts already in the road.

 

From the moment they set foot on campus, Springdale Prep students will work with an academic advisor who will guide them through our Life Planning Program. This will include a variety of activities and exercises that will lead them to determine their unique purpose, and the values, interests, goals, and strengths that will help them shape fulfilling, meaningful, and happy lives. We will encourage and enable students to explore paths to success through internships, job shadowing, summer programs, and projects.

 

In addition, our academic advisors will match students with post-secondary plans and guide them in choosing the right colleges and universities that match their academic and extracurricular needs and desires. They also will work to determine the feasibility of alternatives like gap year programs, art schools, conservatories, military academies, and other options, where students will form relationships and challenge themselves  intellectually and socially as they prepare for adulthood.

student counseling session
Maryland State Department of Education Certification

Springdale Preparatory School is a Maryland State Department of Education approved boarding and day academic community.


Non-Discrimination Policy: Springdale Preparatory School will not discriminate against students or employees on the basis of race; national or ethnic origin; religion; gender; sexual orientation; age; or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions decisions, employment practices, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs and activities.

RESPECT. LIFELONG LEARNING. INNOVATION.