Unique Schools: Alternative to public school in Floyd County

People are accepted here. They can be who they are without judgement.

Unique Schools: Alternative to public school in Floyd County
Unique Schools: Alternative to public school in Floyd County

FLOYD CO, Va. – Public school isn’t for everyone. That’s the idea behind a small school off a gravel road in Floyd County. They’re taking a new spin on the traditional model. They admit it’s not for everyone.

People are accepted here. They can be who they are without judgment.

“In public school, being different means you get bullied,” said Felix Byler, who is in 10th grade.

The school day at Springhouse Community School starts with singing. All 22 students and their teachers are together.

For Byler, that community makes it special.

“It’s probably the best school I’ve ever been to, having experienced the horrors of public school for 4 years. I’m a lot happier here, I’m a lot more comfortable,” said Byler.

“It’s very bold, scary and exciting,” said Jenny Finn who co-founded the school, and says they put relationships first. “We put connection first. Whether that’s connection to yourself, connection to each other or connection to the Earth, that’s our very first value. We really feel like without that the rest of it kind of isn’t as rich as it could be.”

Inside the classroom, they don’t just talk about one subject. They combine skills.


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