DEC. 5 & 6, 6:30-8:30pm

A Dangerous Crossing and Community Leadership installations will also be open during Confluence from 9:00-11:00am

A Dangerous Crossing: Come and learn about the Syrian Refugee Crisis through an interactive graphic novel created from the recently published realistic fiction, “A Dangerous Crossing.” Attendees will learn about the current crisis, the epigenetics of trauma and refugees, and the EDCRO process for creating a graphic novel from realistic fiction. A3-1s.

Mock United Nations: Students have divided into country teams, conducting research on their country’s history and relevant global issues. Each country will present a resolution that outlines a solution to a global problem and using claim, evidence and reasoning, will debate in support or against each other’s resolutions. The audience will be invited to take on the role of a country and will get to vote on each resolution. HSC-1s.

Community Leadership and Engagement: Visitors will be invited into an immersive presentation of social problems that both exist within our community and are important to our students. Visitors will also have the opportunity to engage with some of the direct-action solutions being explored by our students in collaboration with community organizations, and experience the power of engagement by helping to select which local, community organizations receive monetary donations. A3 & HSC-2s.

Of War and Justice: A multi-media exploration of the causes, technology, and impact of world war 1. A3-2s.

Chemistry of Art: Visitors will walk through a gallery of art that comments on an issue of representation or politics. Each group will have it’s own display that includes the artwork, an artist statement, and a paper presenting research into the issue. In addition, the group will present a demonstration of the science behind the art medium chosen, focusing on a chemical property/reaction and its role in the art form chosen. HSC-2s

Welcome to A3 – A school for you

The A3 Vision: Every student a learner, a teacher, a leader

Mission: To inspire learning, engage passion, and empower transformation through high academic standards and professional-level arts and science experiences.

We believe that students make the most of their learning when they take ownership of their education and that students deserve the opportunity to develop and pursue a particular passion at increasingly greater depth, guided by mentors in our community who can encourage excellence. At A3 we help students make connections within academic disciplines, between academics and the arts, and between their lives now and their lives as they enter the larger global community.


EdcroAt A3 students work in learning teams across curriculums of Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies), Inquiries (Math and Science) and art to create project demonstrations that are examples of content learning.

Lessons and projects are built upon the “EDCRO” system – an acronym for Explore – Design – Create – Refine – Own. Students are taught the skills to use this system, and projects are assessed using the EDCRO rubric.

We believe in teamwork and building community. At A3, students, faculty, parents, and community partners share responsibility to create and sustain a safe, ethical, and focused place to learn.

At A3 we create a structure of learning based on real-world inquires, critical thinking and problem solving. We believe that when a student learns outside the context of a textbook, they will see a subject’s relevance and purpose in a richer light.

See what five student film makers say about what The A3 Culture is like, and then see a video about  Headwaters, our all-school retreat the first three days of school.

See what Inquiries (Math & Science) class is like.

Please visit our About Us and our Why A3 pages to learn more about A3 and how we work

Are you an A3 Educator? Click here for the A3 Teachers Manual.


Notices from the District

Annual Notification Document | Transfer Information | Proof of Address

To the Student’s Parent(s):

In order to more efficiently serve parents and patrons, Springfield Public Schools website has been updated to include information, in part, pertaining to annual parent/student notification such as Student Responsibilities & Rights Handbook, A Note to Parents About Directory Rights, Parent Notice Concerning Student Records, HIV/AIDS Curriculum Announcement, Teacher Qualifications, Parent Review of Materials.

To review the above information, please access the website at
  Parents and patrons may also contact the school office for printed copies of any of the above documents.