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Springfield Renaissance Celebrates Senior Declaration Day

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    April Hattori

The Springfield Renaissance School in Springfield, MA on May 15th celebrated its seniors on its second annual Declaration Day. Seniors stood before the entire student body and declared where they will go to college next fall. For the fifth year in a row, members of the Springfield Renaissance School’s senior class are poised to achieve the school’s acclaimed 100% college acceptance rate. By graduation day on June 9th, these seniors will have earned over $3 million dollars in both institutional and community-based grants and scholarships. Community based scholarships include awards from institutions such as Alpha Phi Alpha and Mass Mutual.  Read the story on the event here. 

The school’s 97 seniors have been admitted into both two- and four-year colleges, including but not limited to, UMass Amherst, Smith College, Temple University, Bryant University, Berklee College of Music, Rochester Institute of Technology, Springfield Technical Community College, Westfield State University, Plymouth State University, Springfield College, American International College, and University of Hartford.

Along with the scholarships and variety of college acceptances, the Class of 2014 has 52 Adams Scholar recipients - a full tuition scholarship to any state college or university as a result of MCAS scores. Springfield Renaissance School ranks number one in the Springfield Public School District for their scores. Springfield Renaissance School is also a recipient of the 2013-2014 Magnet School of Excellence Award.

The students at Springfield Renaissance School study a rigorous college prep curriculum where they delve deeply into core content during ‘learning expeditions’, which are in-depth studies that often span an entire semester. In all learning at the school, there is a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and strong habits of work. Renaissance is a mentor school within the national network of Expeditionary Learning schools.

About The Springfield Renaissance School 

"Our school’s mission is to provide a rigorous academic program for college-bound students in a small, personalized setting that impels and supports students to use their minds well, to care for themselves and others, and to rise to the challenges and duties of citizenship". The Springfield Renaissance School is an Expeditionary Learning Mentor School and public high school that is part of Springfield Public Schools ~ it is one of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ first Innovation Schools.