Why The Wellspring School Thinks Small is Big and Live is Best

Sprout by Zach Dowell

At The Wellspring School our programs are old fashioned; small classes held in person and we intend on keeping it that way! We believe that when working with people on something as personal as their health, interpersonal skills are vital.

Our stance costs us in today’s world where adult education is increasingly available online. The internet has made distance learning degrees virtually available to the masses. People often are quick to point out that we could be more “successful” and larger if we moved our programs online. They are probably right; online programs are growing and offer the obvious – affordability, ease of scheduling, and it fits easily into ones life – requiring less sacrifice on part of the student.

Yet the dark side of online programs are often not mentioned: “The research has shown over and over again that community college students who enroll in online courses are significantly more likely to fail or withdraw than those in traditional classes, which means that they spend hard-earned tuition dollars and get nothing in return.” New York Times Feb. 18, 2013 The Trouble With Online College. In fact, online programs and classes have a 10 – 20 % higher attrition rate than live classes – which on has an average of 72 – 74% retention rate.

This makes sense to us, education is really not just about getting the information, degree or certification and then getting out there and practicing. Education is about growth, inspiration, community, accountability and mentorship. Successful people are passionate about what they do. When getting an education in something that you are planning on investing your future in – you may consider how important the path to get there really is.

We believe small live classes offer:

  1. Greater opportunity for one-on-one interaction with instructors.
  2. More personal feedback.
  3. Greater interpersonal skills. The ability to hear other opinions, perspectives and questions from your fellow students contribute to your growth, tolerance and experience.
  4. The value of a close knit community of peer and mentors.
  5. Greater personal self-development.
  6. True hands-on approach.

Whether it be our Wholistic Nutrition Program or our Amma Therapy Program, our students cook and eat together, do projects and community service together and have the opportunity to see clients in person in well supervised clinics.

By keeping our class size small and in person each student develops strong relationships with the instructors and classmates offering a rich learning environment that we wouldn’t trade for all the numbers of students in the world.

(Photo by Zach Dowell on Flickr.)


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