Indian Springs School

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
Tel: 888-843-9477
190 Woodward Drive
Indian Springs, AL 35124
Inspired by the motto 'Learning Through Living', Indian Springs is a community of talented boarding and day students and dedicated faculty committed to the belief that in learning to balance individual achievement with the values and principles of democracy, the student can develop to their full stature.
Inspired by the motto 'Learning Through Living', Indian Springs is a community of talented boarding and day students and dedicated faculty committed to the belief that in learning to balance individual achievement with the values and principles of democracy, the student can develop to their full stature.
At Indian Springs students and faculty work together in a model of 'shared governance'. A school constitution explains their responsibilities in the day-to-day operation of the school. Our school is our town. The student government is the shared voice in determining how the school operates and evolves.
Whether with a lens or a paint brush, creative expression is encouraged. At Springs, creativity is at the center of everything we do. Students can find their role in the one of ten plays produced every year or pursue their passion for guitar in a contemporary music class.
Indian Springs is also proud of tradition of choral excellence. What our choirs sing in a state-of-the art concert hall one evening they could be performing around the world the following day. Choral music has a long and outstanding reputation at Indian Springs. Our students have shared their talents with audiences in China, France, and Romania.
Unique class schedules crafted for each student and a wide range of independent study opportunities allow students to test their own limits and to push themselves to heights we know they can achieve. We have a comprehensive core curriculum and electives that allow students to explore their individual interests at the same time that they challenge themselves intellectually and academically.
At Indian Springs athletics is as much about courage on the field as it is excitement on the sidelines. Whether you are racing down the court on fast break or cheering on the game-winning goal, athletics bring together committed players, exceptional coaches, and excited fans. Indian Springs students are proud of their school, and their spirit unites the community.
Students from across the street and around the world make an ideal boarding community because both share something: personal experiences. What makes Indian Springs special is its diversity. Boarding builds bridges between people and cultures, creating opportunities for new styles of learning, understanding, and growth.
Take a drive through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains to a 350-acre campus fifteen minutes from Birmingham, Alabama. What makes Indian Springs School so unique is that it has the beauty, intimacy, and security of a small town setting just minutes from the quality of life only a city can offer.
  • With 309 students, Indian Springs School is large enough to offer a diverse, award winning AP curriculum, and small enough to allow each individual to be well-known and appreciated.
  • It is a community tolerant of all social, political and religious upbringings.
  • Very bright, open-minded students play a significant role in defining the school's policies and character through a strong student government.
  • Demanding and beloved faculty, many with doctoral degrees, expect students to be engaged both in and out of the classroom.
  • The outstanding music and drama program offer many opportunities for performance through the year.
  • Service and academic clubs are a vital component of each student`s experience.
  • Played with passion, sports are available to students of all abilities.

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  • Harvard University
    Springs is an amazing school. Not only for its amazing campus, but also because of the sense of community that it offers from the beginning, everyone knows each other well and that helps to build. . .
  • Boston College
    All classes at ISS are very small. The administration make sure the average class size is around 15 per class. As a result, everybody gets the personal attention they need. Also, most of the faculty. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Indian SpringsBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-126-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19521910
Campus Size350 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment309 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score2010* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1850 - 2090-
Average ACT score29*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size14 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2417
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$12 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$49,850$47,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$11,250$22,730
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineJan. 15 / Feb. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT85%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsClaire Cassady
Associate Director of AdmissionsChristine Copeland


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1114
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations2523
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
African American Student Caucus, AJNA, Amnesty International Club, Asian Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Cooking Club, Drama Club, French Club, Gordon - official school newspaper, Habitat for Humanity, Heritage Panel & Make a Change, Key Club, Multi-Cultural Club, Nautical Club, Outdoors Club, Recycling Club, Scholar's Bowl, Spanish Club, Spirit Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber, Concert Club, Music Ensemble

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fencing Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 201510 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Cornell University0
Emory University0
Harvard University0
Harvey Mudd College0
Rhodes College0
Stanford University0
Tulane University0
University of Alabama0
University of Michigan0
Wake Forest University0

School Notes

  • Founded in 1952 as an experiment in faculty-student governance and partnership, Indian Springs School still provides a model that says small is good, that the individual has worth, and that good citizenship is the prerequisite to good leadership. In the 19th century, writers such as Emile Durkheim and Charles Dickens warned that perhaps the greatest danger to an individual in modern urban life was anonymity. More than ever, that insight is true today. A person`s teenage years are absolutely critical to the healthy development of a feeling of self-worth. Even for an introspective person, this is a development that takes place most readily in the context of a true community. At Indian Springs, we are a community of students and teachers who want to know each other, interact with one another, and learn together.
  • School accreditations: SAIS-SACS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Preston Haskell '56 - Part-owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars
    • Neely Bruce '60 - Acclaimed pianist
    • Mark Gitenstein '64 - U.S. Ambassador to Romania
    • Charles Plosser '66 - President - Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
    • Russell Williams '73 - Adobe Photoshop chief architect
    • Sally Nemeth '77 - Author, actress
    • Mike McCullers '89 - Director / writer of the movie Baby Momma
    • SeMe Sung '93 - Designer for Pottery Barn, San Francisco
    • John Green '95 - Award-winning author
    • Barry Tobias '98 - NASA Mission Controller
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