School News

Phoenix Charter Academy Network to locate charter school at Springfield Technology Park

May 28, 2014 | The Republican Newsroom

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.

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Executive Profile: Beth Anderson of Phoenix Charter Academy

May 16, 2014 | Jay Fitzgerald, Boston Business Journal

Beth Anderson
Title: CEO and founder, Phoenix Charter Academy Network
Age: 45
Education: Bachelor of Arts in sociology, Brandeis University, 1991; master’s degree, education, Harvard University Graduate School, 1999
Residence: Swampscott
Growing up in Brockton and Carver, Beth Anderson thought she had it somewhat tough as the only child of an ironworker father and supermarket-clerk mother struggling to make ends meet and making sure their daughter would be the first in their family to attend college.
After graduating from Brandeis University in 1991, though, Anderson found out what tough really meant. As a teacher for two years in Los Angeles, Anderson had to deal with kindergarten and elementary students whose parents included active gang members and prostitutes.
Some impoverished children could barely speak English, while other immigrant students had never held a pencil before.
“I will never get over or forget what I saw in Los Angeles,” said Anderson, whose two-year L.A. teaching stint was organized by the nonprofit Teach for America foundation.
Her experience in the City of Angels was the driving force behind her later efforts to start and build what is today’s Chelsea-based Phoenix Charter Academy Network. The nonprofit network now runs two schools in Chelsea and Lawrence for 320 disadvantaged “at-risk” youths between the ages of 14 and 22, employing more than 100 people on a combined budget of about $7 million.
The Chelsea institution, which opened in 2006, is a fully licensed charter school. The Lawrence school, opened in 2012, is run like a charter but technically operated under a state receivership program imposed on the Lawrence school system due to its consistently poor education performance.

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Hampden Charter School of Science delivers hundreds of flowers on Mother's Day

May 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Román

CHICOPEE — All of the mothers of students at the Hampden Charter School of Science can rest assured that they will have flowers on Mother's Day.

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Franklin charter school embarks on expansion

March 29, 2014 | Matt Tota

State education officials this week gave the Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter Public School the green light to double its enrollment and expand its district to encompass 13 other towns.

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Hampden Charter School celebrates at MassMutual Center

March 28, 2014 | David Smith

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Hampden Charter School of Science celebrated both its fifth year anniversary and its recent charter renewal on Friday night. A dinner and reception was held at the MassMutual Center.

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Chicopee students showcase science projects

January 25, 2014

This was the Hampden Charter School of Science’s fifth annual science fair. These students hope to follow earlier graduates who now attend some of America’s top colleges for scientific study.

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Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter to Compete on WGBH's 'High School Quiz Show'

January 24, 2014 | Mary MacDonald

Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School will square off with Melrose-based Mystic Valley Regional Charter School on Saturday during the preliminary round of WGBH's "High School Quiz Show" state tournament.

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High School Team Wins 2nd in Programming Contest

January 21, 2014

Advanced Math and Science Academy is not waiting for the world to change…we are changing the world one student at a time…every day.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrated in Springfield by talented youths

January 20, 2014 | Buffy Spencer

It was all about the children Monday when an overflow crowd at the MassMutual Center celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr. by showcasing the talents of area youth.

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Speakers at Martin Luther King Jr. ceremony in Springfield call for perseverance on civil rights, equality

January 15, 2014 | Peter Goonan

Speakers praised the accomplishments of the late Martin Luther King Jr. on Wednesday during a City Hall celebration, saying he and others accomplished much in civil rights and equality while there remains today much work to be done.

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