Student Life at Springdale Preparatory School
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Student Life

At Springdale Preparatory School, students collaborate with staff to lead our community.

Springdale Preparatory School is a place where diversity and individualism shine, where students will be encouraged to strive be their best, tackle new challenges and embrace the differences and commonalities of their fellow classmates. It is a welcoming, engaging and fun environment that inspires students to take risks, try new experiences and go beyond their comfort zones. This is how our students will learn new skills and grow to be independent thinkers and compassionate leaders in an ever-changing professional world. Whether day students, weekday boarders, full-term residential learners, or homeschool participants, all members of the Springdale family will grow to be their best selves academically, socially and physically through our program of 360 degree experiential learning and living. Springdale is a college prep private school for high school and middle school students. As a progressive boarding and day school, we encourage creativity and forward thinking.

A Day at SPS
Residential students take advantage of extended learning opportunities and experiences to further their personal development.
CLICK TO SEE SAMPLE SCHEDULE
7:00 am Wakeup, Showers, and Room Cleanup
7:50 am Breakfast
8:30 am Learning Immersions*
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Learning Immersions Resume
3:30 pm Cafe Tutorials, Afternoon Activities, and Athletics
6:15 pm Dinner
7:30 pm Study Hall
9:30 pm Fourth Meal and Community Uplift
10:00 pm Personal Time and Bedtime Preparation
11:00 pm Bedtime**

*Schedules will vary by student grade level.
**Without Electronics: Families will be able to call the dorm switchboard to reach child in the event of emergency so that each learner may recharge with a healthy night’s sleep.

Residential Life

Students at Springdale Preparatory School will be part of a diverse residential community that supports a 360 degree model of growth and development. Our dormitory living, similar to college residential living, will provide the comforts of home while necessitating accountability for managing academic and residential daily responsibilities. Students will be housed in appropriate age and gender groupings with supervision from house parents. Local day students will be welcome to cultivate friendships with boarding students from the United States and all over the world as they will spend time in the dorms outside of the school academic schedule.

Daily schedules will vary in structure based on academic grade with increased autonomy and free time for older students. Residential life staff will assist younger students with wake up and morning routines, and time will be scheduled for mandatory study halls, nightly and weekly chores, and laundry needs.

Safety and Security

The safety of our students and staff is paramount at Springdale Preparatory School, where we will strive to ensure an environment conducive to learning, living and experiencing. Our safety and security officers will patrol campus 24 hours a day and will monitor our advanced surveillance equipment, which is strategically located throughout our buildings and grounds. Our security protocol stipulates immediate response in emergency situations, and our close working partnership with Carroll County law enforcement will bring officers to campus rapidly.

Security is not limited to physical safety but also refers to protection of our technological systems. Data protection is critical and our team of technology officers will have the necessary systems in place to limit unauthorized access to secure information. Springdale Prep’s administration and Carroll County law enforcement is partnering in an effort to encourage best practices regarding online activity and social media engagement.

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Percent of boarding school students say that boarding school has helped them develop self-discipline, maturity, independence and the ability to think critically. — Reported by The Association of Boarding Schools

Dining Services

While students work hard to advance academically and socially, fueling their brains and bodies throughout the day is essential. Springdale students will enjoy meals on campus at the Dining Hall, where all students will dine and enjoy each other’s company. Our head chef will prepare a variety of nutritious options that will satisfy even the choosiest palates. Special meals will be available for those needing preparations that are nut-free, gluten free or require other dietary restrictions.

 

All students will be provided meal service for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week and brunch and dinner on the weekends. After-hours snacks also will be provided. Dining staff also will prepare nutritious meals for students participating in scheduled activities off-campus.

Advising

At Springdale Preparatory School, every effort will be made to ensure a positive school experience for all students. All students are assigned an advisor who will work to support and encourage them as they navigate through academic and social situations.

 

Student advisors will maintain regular contact with parents to provide progress updates.

Medical Services

Our licensed medical staff will provide care for students 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the school’s health center, located in the Blue Ridge Building. Our health center will be fully equipped to care for basic medical needs like headaches, cuts, splinters, sprains and strains as well as respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Higher levels of care will be delivered by physicians and specialists in our local provider network, and our nurses will provide continuing care according to physician orders as documented in the student’s treatment plan.

 

All medications, whether prescription or over the counter, will be administered by only licensed nursing professionals.

 

Any time a student receives medical care, the Director of Medical Services will communicate with family members.

Extracurricular Activities

Springdale Prep students will become pioneers, willing to blaze a trail for others to follow. Our program will enable students to develop and create clubs and organizations, reflecting their variety of interests and talents. From performing arts to world languages to mock trial to chess to robotics, the opportunities will tap and explore athletic, intellectual and artistic passions outside of the classroom. Student participation will be voluntary, although the majority will choose to take part in several different activities, and most will graduate with a diverse range of extracurricular experiences.

Dining Services

Dining Services

While students work hard to advance academically and socially, fueling their brains and bodies throughout the day is essential. Springdale students enjoy meals on campus at the Dining Hall, where each residential house has its own dining area. Our head chef prepares a variety of nutritious options that satisfy even the choosiest palates. Special meals are available for those needing preparations that are nut-free, gluten free or meet other dietary restrictions.

All students are provided meal service for breakfast, lunch and dinner during the week and brunch and dinner on the weekends. After-hours snacks also are provided. Dining staff also prepares nutritious meals for students participating in scheduled activities off-campus.

Advising

Advising

At Springdale Preparatory School, every effort is made to ensure a positive school experience for all students. All students are assigned an advisor who works to support and encourage them as they navigate through academic and social situations.

Student advisors maintain regular contact with parents to provide progress updates.

Medical Services

Medical Services

Our licensed medical staff provides care for students 24 hours a day, seven days a week in the school’s health center, located in the Blue Ridge Building. Our health center is fully equipped to care for basic medical needs like headaches, cuts, splinters, sprains and strains as well as respiratory and gastrointestinal illnesses. Higher levels of care are delivered by physicians and specialists in our local provider network, and our nurses provide continuing care according to physician orders as documented in the student’s treatment plan.
All medications, whether prescription or over the counter, are administered by only licensed nursing professionals.
Any time a student receives medical care, the Director of Medical Services will communicate with family members.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular Activities

Springdale Prep students become pioneers, willing to blaze a trail for others to follow. Our program is designed to enable students to develop and create clubs and organizations, reflecting their variety of interests and talents. From performing arts to world languages to mock trial to chess to robotics, the opportunities are here to tap and explore athletic, intellectual and artistic passions outside of the classroom. Student participation is voluntary, although the majority will choose to take part in several different activities, and most will graduate with a diverse range of extracurricular experiences.

Weekends will be fun!

Boarding and day students will benefit from a full schedule of weekend activities throughout the school year that will promote experiential learning in a fun, interesting manner. Students will be involved in planning the schedule, which will be based on their individual passions and interests.

Sporting Events

Often the schedule will involve attending a local collegiate or professional sporting event, including the teams at nearby McDaniel College, Towson University, and the University of Maryland, as well as the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals baseball teams and Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins football teams.

Historic Sites

Cultural activities abound nearby including the Hippodrome Theater, Lyric Opera House, Center Stage in Baltimore, the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theater, Lincoln Theatre and a museum tour in Washington, D.C. Another weekend may feature experiences at historic sites like Gettysburg and Antietam, or a day at the nationally-acclaimed Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

Entertainment

We also will take advantage of our proximity to amusement parks like Hershey Park, Kings Dominion and Kenny Wood. Once each semester, students will enjoy a longer trip to places like New York City or Boston, Mass., that includes a hotel stay. Transportation and meals is provided for all trips, which are fully supervised.

Bullying & Cyberbullying

Per Springdale Preparatory School’s mission, all bullying behaviors are unacceptable and are immediately investigated and addressed when reported.

Bullying Resources for Students and Parents
Warning Signs of Bullying
  • Reluctance to attend school activities.
  • Unexplainable drop in academic performance.
  • Avoidance of the school cafeteria or playground.
  • Reluctance to discuss what’s happening at school.
  • Torn clothing.
  • Headaches, stomachaches, or other unexplainable illnesses.
  • Change in sleep patterns.
  • Loss of interest in activities formerly enjoyed.
Harmful Effects of Bullying
  • School truancy.
  • Lowered self-esteem, lowered self-confidence.
  • Frequent physical illness.
  • Anxiety, depression.
What Students Can Do
  • Remain calm and stay in control of your emotions.
  • Avoid physical contact if possible.
  • Act confidently.
  • Speak in friendly, firm voice.
  • Use specific “I-messages” such as “I don’t like it when you _____________, and I want you to stop.”
  • Find friends who can provide support.
  • Seek the help of a school employee and report bullying behaviors.
  • Advocate for others who may be the target of bullying behaviors.
  • Show respect for all people regardless of their differences.
What Parents Can Do
  • Listen to your child and encourage discussions about the school day.
  • Take complaints of intimidation seriously.
  • Watch for symptoms such as social withdrawal, drop in grades, and school avoidance.

Should you need to report bullying behaviors, contact Neal Roop, Student Services Coordinator, at neal.roop@springdaleps.org or Michaela King, Director of Counseling Services, at michaela.king@springdaleps.org.

RESPECT. LIFELONG LEARNING. INNOVATION.