Springwood School (SWS) is an Independent, College and Career Preparatory Day and International Boarding School located on a 46-acre campus in Lanett, AL. The school's enrollment is just under 300 students, grades K4-12, including international students from Europe and Asia. We have a capacity for 32 students in the school's International House. On September 1, 2020, Springwood School celebrated its 50th year of college preparatory academic, fine arts and athletic excellence.
Springwood School is accredited by Cognia. The school is located just two miles from Georgia and serves students from both states, holding memberships in Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) and Georgia Independent School Association (GISA). The school's programs are open to qualified students of all races, creeds, and ethnic origins. As a college and career preparatory school, SWS is run by Christian leaders dedicated to providing quality education in a nurturing environment, focusing on mind, body, and spiritual development.
As we move into our next 50 years, Springwood is expanding its boundaries to include preparing our students for:
* jobs that have not yet been created,
* technology that has not yet been invented, and
* problems that have not yet been identified.
The program vision of Springwood School is to be a college and career preparatory school with integrated curriculum tracks for both college prep (IQ based curriculum) and career prep (EQ, soft skill-based curriculum) and while serving as an entrepreneurial mindset incubator preparing students to navigate future careers and transitions.
At Springwood School, the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) of each student is supported by the rigor of our education. SWS's traditions in and out of the classroom are at the core of the Springwood School mission. Our academic standards are such that students thrive, not just survive, at the next level of education.
But is that enough? In K4-12 education, we must prepare our students for life, not just how to make good grades. Most studies now refer to the EQ (Emotional Quotient) as being the most critical factor in a child's future success. Springwood School is on the leading edge of evaluating and nurturing the emotional intelligence of each child. They will receive age-appropriate personality and career aptitude tests. Yes, that means a third grader might already know from his assessment that his keen eye for detail and quick completion of addition will steer him toward being an accountant. With the leadership skills gained from Springwood School, he may become a CFO. Every step a student makes is in harmony with the skills and natural ability they already possess.
In 2020 and beyond, Springwood School presents the opportunity for each child to become a leader according to their ability. Springwood School Ambassadors might be your child's wish, to serve as a tour guide for our campus or creating themes for Homecoming Week. Maybe your child is curious about politics and begins writing about current affairs and starts a school newspaper. Each student WILL identify their natural abilities and experience an in-school internship according to their talents and interests. Your child will begin resume-building in Junior High School and, more importantly, will find confidence in developing what they do best.
Our college preparatory rigor and our focus on career preparation is unique making us a smart educational choice. But there is one more aspect to Springwood School that may delineate us from any other K-12 campus. When you drive into Springwood School, reminiscent of a college campus, you may feel what many of our own students have described as a "sense of peace." The long, southern pine-covered drive is a preview of the quiet confidence our teachers have in the classroom, a confidence supported by our school's history of achieving excellence for 50 years. We invite you to consider joining our community to develop students into leaders of impact and significance.
Lanett, Alabama, established in 1895 anchored by the vast Lanett Mill, which began textiles operations in 1894. Today, the mill has been dismantled brick by historic brick, freeing up valuable commercial land along the Chattahoochee River in the Greater Valley area's burgeoning economy.
Lanett is one of three communities along with West Point, GA, and Valley, AL, that comprise the region known as "The Valley". The Valley was home to a thriving textile industry, which began shortly after the Civil War, eventually becoming the headquarters for West Point Pepperell, which moved abroad in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Today the Valley's attractiveness is its access to Interstate 85, which provides an easy drive to Atlanta, GA and the Atlanta airport to the north and Montgomery, AL to the south. The Chattahoochee River runs through the middle of the community attracting kayakers, campers, and fishermen. The area is ringed by a series of lakes that provide abundant fishing, boating, hunting, and a robust outdoor environment. Callaway Gardens, President Roosevelt’s “Little” White House, and Great Wolfe Lodge tourist attractions are within a ½ hour drive from the school and are popular sites for our local residents as well. The Valley along with Phoenix City, AL, has another unique characteristic since it is located in the Eastern Time Zone rather than the Central Time Zone like the rest of Alabama.
West Point, Georgia, established on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in 1832, was historically the headquarters of the area's dominant textile industry. West Point's history also includes being the location of one of the Civil War’s last battles. West Point is now home to Kia Motors Manufacturing – Kia's first U.S. plant and Point University, a four year fully accredited private Christian university.
Valley, Alabama, was incorporated on May 20, 1980, uniting the four towns, Fairfax, Langdale, Riverview, and Shawmut, which were built around textile mills owned by the giant textile corporation, West Point Stevens.
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