355 Plainfield Street
Springfield, Massachusetts 01107
Map of Chestnut Accelerated Middle School
Phone:  413-750-2333
Fax:  413-750-2351
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6th - 8th
Enrollment:  Not provided
Setting:  Not provided
District:  Springfield Public Schools

Welcome to Chestnut Accelerated Middle School!

Chestnut Accelerated Middle School for the Visual and Performing Arts is committed to providing a safe, supportive and rigorous education in a richly diverse environment where language, culture and the arts are woven into the fabric of learning. All aspects of the school’s organization, curricular and co-curricular activities are child-centered and designed to accommodate individual learning styles so that all students may experience success in an interesting, innovative educational setting.

To be responsible for self, school, and community while achieving academic excellence.

To be active supportive participants in various levels and aspects of school life.

To continually strive toward personal and professional that allows individuals to consistently provide meaningful learning experiences for each student.

To form reciprocal partnerships which support community and school initiatives. Using powerful learning experiences, enhanced by imaginative and creative use of technology, this journey moves us toward a life of learning and productive citizenship while cultivating a growing appreciation and understanding of both the value of education and the world around us.

Be Bold. Stand Out. Make a Difference.
Become a Forward 5 Teacher!

What is a Forward 5 School?
The Springfield Public Schools’ Forward 5 initiative is a bold approach to help drive rapid and significant increases in student achievement at five of the district’s schools: Chestnut, Kennedy, & Kiley Middle Schools, High School of Commerce, and DeBerry Elementary School.

Forward 5 Schools use strategies and best practices from successful elementary and secondary schools across the nation. Five best practices have been identified by Harvard University’s Education Innovation Laboratory, Springfield Public School’s partner in the Forward 5 program. These practices are:
•An Effective Principal and Effective Teachers in Every Building
•More Instructional Time
•Use of Data to Drive Instruction
•A Culture of High Expectations
•Small-Group Tutoring during the School Day

Teachers at Forward 5 schools are provided with a targeted professional development program to support their growth, extra compensation to provide increased instructional time, and bonuses if they meet performance goals.