Every student has the right and potential to graduate from Springfield Public Schools ready to succeed in college or begin a productive career. As Superintendent of Schools, I am intent on creating a learning environment where academic success is the standard for each child.
Our nearly 26,000 students come from diverse family, religious and ethnic backgrounds. They speak numerous native languages and represent many glorious cultures. Many face health or other challenges. But despite various differences, there is one important quality that unites all of our students – the potential to reach peak academic performance.
As Superintendent, my job is making sure our students, teachers, and administrators have the tools they need to generate each child’s peak performance. Our Magnet schools are a rich and vibrant avenue to propel us towards reaching that goal.
Springfield Public Schools is especially proud to have expanded our slate of Magnet School programs made possible by a hard-won grant from the U.S. Department of Education under its Magnet Schools Assistance Program. This additional funding allows the school district to implement Magnet School programming at Springfield Central High School (in the field of Advanced Studies and the Arts); Springfield High School of Science and Technology (in the area of STEM Academies and 21st Century Global Communications); Van Sickle Middle School (in the area of its Middle Years International Baccalaureate Program and 21st Century Global Communications); and STEM Middle Academy (in the area of STEM and Expeditionary Learning).
Approximately 4,600 Springfield students will benefit from our Magnet programming through this most recent round of funding. Springfield Public Schools is the only district in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to offer such a wealth of educational opportunities to its students. I encourage you to visit our Magnet schools with your child and see our Magnet programs in action. Visit with the principals and talk with teachers and students to get an up close and personal feel for how these programs work.
All of our Magnet Schools help strengthen students’ knowledge and confidence in core academic subjects and equip them with marketable vocational skills. They are designed to compel students to move towards reaching their life goals and imbue them with skills needed to become well-educated caretakers of our increasingly global society.
I am privileged to have this wonderful opportunity to serve as the leader of this school district. I have dedicated my entire career to the Springfield Public Schools and I know what great potential lies ahead for us. I am deeply committed to improving our educational culture for our students, for our community, for ourselves and for our future.
Daniel J. Warwick,
Superintendent of Schools