SCA fills an important need in Springfield—a conservatory-type arts environment for students who seek an intensive and rich Arts learning and performing environment. Modeled on Music conservatories in Puerto Rico, Boston and elsewhere, the Springfield Conservatory of the Arts (SCA) will constitute a dramatic community effort to place Arts education clearly at the center of one of the district’s secondary schools where all students will have opportunities in middle school to explore the various Arts areas, before settling on a particular area of concentration.
SCA will incorporate Arts integration across the curriculum and will be grounded in rigorous academic inquiry, collaborative small-group instruction, and professionally-guided arts training. A rigorous academic program based on the Common Core standards will ensure that graduates are prepared to attend college and join the work force, as creative and effectively critical thinkers.
Many community partners have expressed interest in working with us to get this exciting new venture off the ground. Students will receive arts instruction in specialty areas (instrumental music, vocal music, drama, dance, visual arts) from licensed Springfield arts teachers as well as from artists in residence and consultants with expertise in particular arts-related fields. Partners who have expressed interest in working with SCA include:
Enrollment into SCA is on a straight lottery basis, which means there are no admissions requirements. Registration for Springfield Conservatory of the Arts will take place during the Magnet Balloting period beginning the second week in December 2014 through the first week in January, 2015.
60 students will be selected each year for grades 6 and 9 in the first three years of the school (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17 school year) and after that enrollment will be open for incoming 6th grade students only when the school reaches its 6 – 12 grade capacity. The student enrollment timetable is:
Please click here for information on what is required to sign up.