SPRINGFIELD – The Phoenix Charter Academy Network on Tuesday announced it has selected a site in the Springfield Technology Park at One Federal Street as the home of a new public charter school, officials announced.
Officials with the network announced they have signed a lease on a 31.000-square-foot space as the home of the Phoenix Charter Academy, scheduled to open in August.
The school will focus teaching older, disconnected, and underserved students with a goal of readying them for college through a combination of high expectations and academic support. Phoenix also operates similar schools in Chelsea and Lawrence.
"Our new location in Technology Park is perfect in so many ways," said Beth Anderson, CEO of the Phoenix Charter Academy Network. "The neighborhood is
accessible, it's surrounded by innovative, exciting businesses, and it provides direct access to Springfield Technical Community College, where we have already forged a partnership that will allow many of our students to take college-level classes to give them a feel for college life."
The new school will focus recruitment on high-risk students and drop-outs in the Greater Springfield area. It will focus on engaging who previously have not been
successful in traditional school settings.
Enrollment is expected to be 125 students initially before growing to 250 within two years.
To date, 106 students have accepted seats and the remaining seats will be offered to students at a lottery to be held on June 18th. Of the students currently enrolled, 34 are former dropouts and 26 are teen parents.
Construction is expected to begin as soon as possible on the 31,000 square-foot location with the work expected to be finished by January. January 2015. Until then, the school will operate out of temporary space in the technology park.
Phoenix Springfield will occupy two floors, and is designed to include 15 classrooms, a science lab, a multi-purpose community and cafeteria space, a reading library, and a
The renovation project will be funded through generous individual support and grant partners including Strategic Grant Partners, the Irene E. & George A. Davis Foundation, the Amelia Peabody Foundation, the Beveridge Family Foundation, and Social Venture Partners.
Springfield Technology Park is located on the grounds of the historic Springfield Armory, across from Springfield Technical Community College.