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Pierian Spring Academy (PSA) is a high-quality, low-cost, college level continuing education program for persons of all ages but especially retirees and semi-retirees, regardless of educational background. We have only one requirement: a willingness to learn and to enjoy the intellectual refreshment of unique, stimulating content and discussions.
PSA believes that to remain mentally youthful, "staying alive intellectually" is the prescription of choice for all adults. Learning the PSA way is a stimulating and friendly experience to share with your classmates. PSA seminars are designed to be far more energizing than if you passively sat through a lecture. Our faculty will encourage each of you, according to your personal level, to get the most out of the course. We are also proud that so many persons have expanded their social circle as a result of becoming members of the PSA student body.
The founder of PSA, Prof. Joel Larus, decided "Pierian Spring" was an appropriate name for the academy he wanted in Sarasota. Read more here.
In Greek mythology, the Pierian Spring of Macedonia was sacred to the Muses. As the
metaphorical source of knowledge of art and science, it was popularized by a line in
Alexander Pope's poem "An Essay on Criticism."
A little learning
is a dang'rous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not
the Pierian spring
Source: Wikipedia entry on Pierian Spring
Pierian Spring Academy admits students of any race, color, national/ethnic origin, gender, age, and disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Academy. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national/ethnic origin, gender, age, and disability in administration of its admissions policies, scholarship programs and other school-administered programs.
To apply for a PSA scholarship, contact our Administrative Director, Debbie Cowles, by letter at 221 Beach Road #128, Sarasota, FL 34242 or by email to info@PSAsrq.org. Successful applications receive a 50 percent reduction in the tuition of one course.
In the friendly, interactive atmosphere of small classes, participants discuss the subject matter under the leadership of highly qualified experts. There are no tests and grades. You get as much out of the college-level, non-credit courses as you desire. We use student discussion, guided by a skilled leader to enrich and enlighten. Course suggested readings provide an opportunity to study content in greater depth.
PSA favors small classes some with as few as three students and tries
not to exceed 25. Our typical class size is 10 to 12 participants and is
ideal for dialog between faculty and students. We also offer a small
number of lecture style courses designed for a larger audience. All
classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early registration is
Pierian Spring Academy seeks to provide an open learning environment which welcomes and encourages active discussion among students and between students and faculty. However, class participants who repeatedly engage in disruptive behavior that interferes with learning activity and/or impedes the function of PSA services may be excluded from continued class participation by the faculty member leading the class or by a PSA staff member.
PSA courses are held at seven locations in Sarasota and Manatee counties. All of these locations provide suitable classrooms, pleasant surroundings, ample free parking, and are barrier free.
The Fall Term begins on Oct 17, 2016
(No classes Thanksgiving week,
November 21st through November 25th)
The Winter Term begins on Jan 9, 2017
(No class Monday January 16th,
Martin Luther King Day)
The Spring Term begins on Feb 27, 2017
Courses vary in length from 4 to 6 weeks. Most classes meet for two
hours, once a week between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Tuition rates vary with the length of the course and break down as
follows: 4 weeks ($70), 6 weeks ($95). PSA is a nonprofit, volunteer
managed organization committed to keeping costs at a minimum and
at the same time remunerating our faculty at a modest level.
Scholarship aid is available.
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