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.