Charter Schools

Charter Schools: Authorized by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Education Reform Act of 1993, charter schools are independent public schools that operate under five year charters granted by the Commonwealth's Board of Education.

The increased freedom available to charter schools coupled with increased accountability, infuses all aspects of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's oversight of charter schools, beginning with the rigorous application process that groups must go through to receive a charter. Once the Board of Education has awarded a charter, the new charter school has the freedom to organize around a core mission, curriculum, theme, or teaching method. It is allowed to control its own budget and hire (and fire) teachers and staff. In return for this freedom, a charter school must demonstrate good results within five years or risk losing its charter.

Charter Schools

Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence
285 Dorset Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01108
Phone: (413) 214-7806
Neighborhood: Forest Park
Principal: Alan E. Katz
SABIS International Charter School
160 Joan Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01129
Phone: (413) 783-2600
Neighborhood: Sixteen Acres
Principal: Karen Reuter
Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School
317 Russel Street
Hadley, Massachusetts 01035
Phone: (413) 582-7040
Neighborhood: Springfield area students take bus to school
Principal: Kathleen Wang
PVPA Pioneer Valley Performing Arts
15 Mulligan Drive
South Hadley, Massachusetts 01075
Phone: (413) 552-1580
Neighborhood:
Principal: Scott Goldman
Veritas Prep Charter School
370 Pine Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01105
Phone: (413) 539-0055
Neighborhood:
Principal: Rachel Romano
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