Info Nights Postponed—New Dates TBA Soon

While we are postponing our Info Nights to afford time and space to process the untimely death of our director, A3 is a strong community of dedicated, talented, and caring individuals who will welcome next year’s incoming students with open arms. The staff at A3 shares the commitment to the rigorous arts and sciences education that has earned A3 recognition from US News and World Report as No. 1 in Springfield and awarded a bronze medal in the national rankings of Best High Schools.

In addition to college preparatory academic instruction, A3 boasts robust elective course offerings staffed with working professional artists and opportunities to intern at over 100 community businesses and organizations.

The A3 community remains committed to innovative and meaningful educational experiences that have defined this school for over a decade and encourages faculty collaboration to develop courses that combine student interest with other disciplines.

Prospective Students

You can also sign up for your student to spend a half or full day “shadowing” an A3 student. These visits begin the week of Feb. 19. Email Wilson for more information. Ready to apply? Just click on the tab at the top of the page that says “application” and apply online.

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.