Aside from providing subject area expertise in the sciences, literature and
the arts, the teachers at
Pierian Springs enable students to meet
with their peers and engage in dynamic and important
and projects. Similar to institutions of higher learning and continuing
students at Pierian Springs can take as little
as one class or as many as five full days of classes. We
college prep and AP level courses.
The class time is usually used
for discussions, lectures and activities. Science classes sometimes add
additional times for labs. Tests are typically take home and on the honor
system. Exams are proctored
for those following our accreditation
program. We offer a student lounge for students who wish to study,
relax, or have a snack and continue an academic discussion.
Competitions, performance opportunities and internship/mentorships within
the business community
are embedded in the program day. Students
choose from an array of options that nourish critical and
thinking. Our fine arts students perform at various venues in the area.
Currently Pierian Springs
students are competing in Science
Olympiad, Leg Robotics, and Team America Rocket Competition.
also offer a choice of clubs and other extracurricular activities.
Our purpose at Pierian Springs is to enrich the learning goals
of all students by providing secular individualized,
creative, and intellectually challenging classes. We offer core
academics, discussion based electives, and the visual and
performing arts. With a strong belief that students learn best
when they are given responsibility and control over their own
education, Pierian Springs offers an informal school
environment which stresses the pursuit of academic
excellence amidst teachers and students who value diversity,
creative thinking, and personal discovery.
We believe that the parent is the primary director of their student’s education.
Pierian Springs offers the opportunity for
parents to provide their
children with extra-curricular activities, thought-provoking electives and
subject matter experts
to make the school experience more rewarding.
It is vital that the student is responsible and respectful of the school,
teachers and other students. We believe that from freedom comes responsibility.
As Thomas Paine once said, “a
government is best which governs least,
because its people will discipline themselves.” Much like a college, our aim
is to allow teachers to educate and students to learn. We do not have a
principal and are not interested in policing or
We encourage our parents to become active participants in the school and provide
many opportunities for them to
contribute their talents to support
their student and the school.
We welcome and encourage a diversity of students. One of our goals
is to provide an atmosphere
which not only allows each
student freedom to cultivate his own personal strengths, but also
fosters the development of broad minded and free thinking
individuals who live in a world where
different races, faiths and political views. Students at Pierian
Springs tend to be
considerate, broad minded and
Our students are actively involved in their studies. They perform
independent research, complete
self-directed projects based
on a variety of resources and use multimedia resources to present
their projects. They read and analyze diverse written material, make
written or oral presentations
Our students assume increasing responsibility
for their learning, giving them more motivation and
increased sense of accomplishment, setting the pattern for them to
life-long learners. The faculty in turn
becomes resources, tutors, and evaluators, guiding the
students in their problem solving efforts. The curriculum stresses
real life challenges that require
problem solving skills,
critical and creative thinking ability, self-directed learning
team participation skills.
About Pierian Springs
As a nontraditional school, Pierian Springs operates on a schedule
similar to institutions of higher learning in order to provide our
students with as much flexibility as
possible. This allows
many of our students to follow their passions while completing a
rigorous college prep curriculum. Many of our students are
professional actors, athletes that compete at the
state and national levels, accomplished pianists, joint enrolled
college students or students pursuing other interests
require deviations from the normal school schedule.
school year consists of 2 semesters plus 2 mini-sessions. The
mini-sessions allow students to participate in large project based
activities or delve more deeply
into an academic or
enrichment activities. Examples could include: Field work in
Environment Science including a trip to coastal Georgia, a full time
internship for high
school students, touring a dramatic
production, a large scale community service project and other
activities based on student interest.