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Let's get Springfield youths ready for college!

We get every student truly ready for college

Getting into college is one thing. Being ready to succeed there is another. Statewide, more than half of new college students need remedial courses! Our mission is to make sure Springfield's youths have not only the grades to get into college, but also the tools they need to thrive there. Read more

The best classroom is the real world

Like more than 165 other US schools, we use Expeditionary Learning because it’s built around issues that affect students’ own lives. They find out that they can have an impact on their community, their world, and their own future. Suddenly, school makes sense and feels good. Read more

We don't train students, we educate them

Baystate Academy is focused on the health sciences, but we’re a college-preparatory school, not a vocational school. We chose this broad curriculum for its power to challenge students, ground learning in the real world, and benefit the whole community. Read more

 

 

 

We're Springfield's new charter public school for grades 6 to 12

Baystate Academy Charter Public School (BACPS) is a college preparatory school that uses a proven academic model, Expeditionary Learning. Many charter schools have a curricular focus; ours is the health sciences. Our mission: 100 percent college readiness for every student.

"The only thing we tolerate is excellence."

— Willette Johnson, vice president, board of trustees

Getting into college is not enough

There’s a huge gap between college eligibility and college readiness. Statewide, more than half of new college students have to take remedial courses. They’re behind before they even begin! At BACPS, we give them a head start by teaching not only a challenging curriculum, but also skills like test-taking, time management, self-advocacy, and persistence. And we give them easy access to college-level courses at Springfield Technical Community College (STCC). High school students who take even one college course are more likely to both attend and graduate from college!

The health sciences open all doors

Health, in its largest sense—personal, social, environmental—touches everything. BACPS is guided by the World Health Organization’s definition: “A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Our broad health sciences focus …

  • grounds schoolwork in the real world
  • challenges students to achieve
  • gives students great ideas for practical, rewarding career paths
  • benefits the community

Through hands-on projects, BACPS students will be empowered to help make Springfield a healthier, safer place to live, learn, work, and play!

Thank you, Baystate Health!

We’re honored to take our name from Baystate Health, whose generous start-up funds made our school possible. Baystate is represented on our board of trustees but does not run the school or dictate curriculum in any way.

Our board

These dedicated community leaders are passionate about education. Read more

Business Supporters and Corporate Sponsors

Baystate Academy gives its heartfelt thanks to these generous sponsors and businesses that help support us with financial and in-kind assistance. Read more

What is a charter school?

Charter public schools are about reform. Read more

Your child, excited about school? That's Expeditionary Learning

Children can do more than they think they can

The Expeditionary Learning (EL) model challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and their communities. Yes, they go on expeditions! They get out into the real world and get their hands dirty doing things that matter to them. The result: more motivation and more achievement.

A proven academic model

  • Schools have been using and improving EL since 1993, when the first demonstration schools were launched. It’s not an experiment.
  • EL student test scores exceed district averages, often by wide margins and especially among black and Latino students.
  • College acceptance of 100 percent is the standard in exemplary EL high schools—including Springfield’s own Renaissance School. EL is already working in our community.

The only thing we tolerate is excellence

A key piece of the Expeditionary Learning (EL) model is building a culture of success. An EL school is a can-do climate with clear expectations of students, teachers, and parents. With those expectations comes the support needed to meet them. Weekend tutoring, for example. And for teachers, plenty of professional development programs and on-site coaching.

One benefit of being an EL school is that we’re already part of a culture of success: a nationwide EL network that gets results, shares ideas, and is always striving to do even better for our children.

Expeditionary Learning = engagement

Another key thing to know about EL schools is that students aren’t asked to learn in disconnected bits and pieces. Reading in period one. Math in period two. Yawn. Even teachers can get bored that way.

Rather, EL students do projects that go on for months and that require them to develop and use skills in several subject areas. They document local history, teach younger children about homelessness, collect data about their school’s energy efficiency … Things that mean something to them and their community.

They’re more than awake. They’re excited.

Testing is good. Real work is better

Of course EL students take tests. But we believe that learning is best measured through student work. So they wrap up their projects by conceiving and producing things that are tangible—and meant to be shared with the whole school and the whole community. Videos, books, artwork, presentations. They even launch ventures. It’s not just “What do they know?” It’s “What can they do?”

See what EL children can do: visit the EL Center for Student Work.

November 7, 2014 - 10:45am / News
BOARD MEETINGS August 14, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 334 Franklin Street August 20, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 334 Franklin Street September 11, 2014, 5:30p.m. - 334 Franklin Street October 9, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 334 Franklin Street November 13, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 334 Franklin Street December 11, 2014, 5:30 p.m. -...
September 4, 2014 - 4:30pm / Event
We invite you to come join us! Grade Level Open House  6th Grade - Monday, September 8, 2014 (6:00 pm) 7th Grade - Tuesday, September 9, 2014 (6:00 pm) 8th Grade - Wednesday, September 10, 2014 (6:00 pm)
September 4, 2014 - 4:15pm / Event
Lifetouch Portrait Studios will be here on Wednesday, October 8,2014 for Student Pictures. Retake day will be on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.