Springfield's Public Schools
The Springfield City School System educates over 25,000 students in 43 public schools, four alternative schools, and three charter schools. A number of Springfield's public schools are magnet schools which specialize in certain subject areas such as math or the arts. Springfield's magnet programs start at the elementary level and include literature, global studies, dramatic and performing arts, medical science and community service, environmental studies, medical science, technology, law, business, finance and inquiry science.
The Montressori and Reggia Emilio methods are used in some of the city's fine public schools. The Springfield Renaissance School is an Expeditionary Learning School for students in grades 6-12 and has won numerous competitive grants and other awards. Springfield has three schools involved in the prestigious International Baccalaureate program. Kensington Avenue Magnet School (Primary Years Programme), Van Sickle (Middle Years Programme), and the High School of Commerce (Diploma Programme) are among very few schools world-wide to participate in the
IBO program, designed to foster academic excellence and international awareness. The Springfield School System also offers an Early College High School in conjunction with Holyoke Community College.
To read the latest edition of the "Springfield Educator" a newsletter about the city's public schools, visit the school department's web site and click on the link to the PDF newsletter at the top of the page.
Students from the 2007 class of Springfield public high schools have been accepted at schools such as Tufts University, Temple University, St. John's University, Suffolk University, Syracuse University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Purdue University, Northeastern University, and George Washington University among others. Many students are also electing to stay local at one of the world class institutions in and around the City of Springfield.
Charter and private schools
Private and parochial schools include the Academy Hill School, Cathedral High School, Pioneer Valley Montessori School, Pioneer Valley Christian School, and St. Michael's Academy.
Business leaders have called Western Massachusetts "New England's Knowledge Corridor" for its highly skilled and trained workers and for the excellent access to education and training in numerous top-notch facilities offering higher education. In addition, numerous institutions collaborate with area business for employment and specialty training opportunities. In 2004, almost 18,000 people were enrolled in full or part-time programs at Springfield's nine postsecondary institutions, which include three four-year colleges, a technical community college, four training institutes and a midwivery certificate program at Baystate Medical Center.
Western New England College, American International College, Springfield College, and Springfield Technical Community College are all located in the city. Within a 40 minute drive are BayPath College (Longmeadow, MA) Elms College (Chicopee, MA), Holyoke Community College, Westfield State College, and the Five Colleges of Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Amherst, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts' flagship Amherst campus, as well as Trinity College, Asnuntuck Community College, UConn and University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Continuing Education/Adult Enrichment
Continuing Education and adult enrichment classes are available through all of the local colleges, as well as at the Jewish Community Center of Springfield, the Springfield Museums, and through the city-wide City Library system.