SCotA constitutes a dramatic community effort to place Arts education at the center of everything that happens during school. At SCotA, middle school students explore all areas of the Arts before selecting a specific genre to focus on in high school. This concentrated study in just one aspect of the arts enables students to delve more fully into that area and expand the skills and abilities that drive their passion.
SCotA offers an arts-infused curriculum grounded in academic inquiry, collaborative small-group instruction, and professionally-guided arts training. A rigorous academic program based on the Common Core standards ensures that graduates are prepared to attend college and join the work force as creative and critical thinkers. All students receive classes in Dance, Music, and Visual Arts and Drama. Here, 9th and 6th graders have 11 Arts classes per 6-day cycle, well above that offered in any other Springfield school. At SCotA, students do art every day!
In addition to specific Arts classes, SCotA teachers integrate the arts into the core subjects of ELA, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. Arts-integrated lessons and activities provide additional hours in the arts and help students make connections between subject areas and understand how creative expression in the arts can be used as a lens to see the world and provide them with a rich, new language to describe what they see, hear and feel.
Many community partners have expressed an eager interest in working with SCotA to help bring this school to life. These numerous partnerships will provide students the opportunity to receive arts instruction in specialty areas (instrumental music, vocal music, drama, dance, visual arts) not only from licensed arts teachers but also from professional art partners and artists in residence.
Moving to a downtown location will enable students to take advantage of the many arts venues Springfield boasts, such as Symphony Hall, City Stage, the Museums at the Quadrangle, the Community Music School and the Springfield Youth Chorus.
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: December 1, 2014 through January 9, 2015.
60 students will be selected each year for grades 6 and 9 for the next two years (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.