SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The inaugural school year is in session at Springfield's newest charter school. Wednesday, Baystate Academy Charter Public School held a formal ribbon cutting at their Franklin Street building.
The college preparatory school provides a curriculum that focuses on health sciences. Students are encouraged after graduating to pursue a degree in the health care field at a two or four-year college. The school day goes from 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M., and includes daily advisory sessions, extracurricular activities, and community service.
Principal Judy Perlmetter told 22News that the school aims to connect with students.
“It's all about relationships and culture. We know students learn best through establishing rapport with each other and teachers. That's where all learning happens and starts best ,” Perlmetter said.
Baystate Academy currently has 160 sixth and seventh graders, and each year, they will add classes until it becomes grades 6-12.