New magnet school for the arts to open in Massachusetts

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A new city run magnet school focusing on the performing and visual arts will make its debut this fall in the former Immaculate Conception School in the Indian Orchard neighborhood with 120 students making up its original cast.

The first students of the new Springfield Conservatory for the Arts, who were chosen through a blind lottery earlier this year, will fill Grades 6 and 9 when school opens on Aug. 24 . The 6-12 magnet school – modeled after music conservatories in Boston, Puerto Rico and elsewhere – will add a new grades over the next four years, school officials said.

Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick, said the addition of an arts-based school to the Springfield system is another effort to engage students and keep them in school.

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