THE A3 VISION: EVERY GRADUATE EMPOWERED TO CREATE, INNOVATE, COLLABORATE, THINK DEEPLY, AND SUCCEED.
Mission: The Springfield Academy of Arts and Academics is a small, four-year magnet high school of choice. We serve students who seek a non-traditional education and who wish to be part of a diverse and supportive community. A3 staff, students, and families are committed to developing a collaborative learning environment through programming that includes project based learning, integrated content, and the arts. To help students self-actualize future success, our school promotes acceptance, reflection, and perseverance.
EXPLORE – DESIGN – CREATE – REFINE – OWN (EDCRO)
At 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.