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Online Balloting Now Available

Online Balloting Now Available
Posted on 01/13/2020


The Magnet and High School Choice Balloting process is now open. You may access the ballot at the button below. Please have your student's ID number handy. 

Remember that filling out your form early does not guarantee you a better choice. Be sure to get your questions answered before completing your form. If you need any assistance with this form, please call or visit the Parent and Community Engagement (PACE) Center for help. The PACE Center is located at 91 School Street and their phone number is 413-787-6959


Ballots may be completed any time until February 14th, 2020

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Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Online Balloting Includes:
- High School Choice Balloting 
- Magnet Middle School Choice Balloting
- Pre-K Magnet Schools 

About Magnet Balloting: 
While Springfield Public Schools primarily assigns elementary and middle school students to schools based on the student’s residential address, there are limited opportunities for parents/guardians to apply for an elementary or middle school that is outside of their neighborhood. These schools are called magnet schools and like the name suggests, they “attract” students based not on their address but on their particular educational “focus” (for examples: STEM, The Arts, Global Communication and more).
Magnet schools include:

Elementary Schools:
-German Gerena Montessori Magnet (Preschool through 5th grade).  Balloting ONLY for Preschool age children who will be 3 on or before September 1, 2020.
-Zanetti Montessori (Preschool through 8th grade).  Balloting ONLY for Preschool age children who will be 3 on or before September 1, 2020.

Middle Schools:
-Springfield Conservatory of the Arts
 -John J. Duggan Academy, An Expeditionary Learning Magnet School with a Social Justice Theme
 -The Springfield Renaissance School, an Expeditionary Learning School
 -STEM Middle Academy
 -Chestnut Talented and Gifted Program
5th grade students who do not cast a ballot will automatically be placed on their boundary middle school. 

About Chestnut Talented and Gifted Program: Chestnut Talented and Gifted Middle School provides all students a high caliber education in a challenging and supportive culture of academic excellence. T.A.G. teachers and staff empower students to sharpen their literacy, numeracy, and technological competencies to become analytical thinkers prepared for college and career readiness. Students accepted to Chestnut T.A.G. will have a unique opportunity to learn and grow in the sheltered setting of other highly motivated advanced learners. T.A.G. students master the advanced content knowledge needed for success in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses in high school. They will also visit college campuses and classrooms, interact with scholars from competitive four year colleges and universities and develop the practical knowledge needed for entrance in the top colleges in the country. Through high expectations set by highly qualified and supportive staff, students begin to see themselves as legitimate scholars with unlimited potential. In a supportive and challenging culture of academic excellence, T.A.G. students are empowered to take their place as both scholars and valuable members of their communities. Chestnut TAG will only appear as an option for selection if a student meets the program’s entrance requirements.

About High School Balloting:
ALL Springfield Public Schools eighth grade students must participate in the high school balloting process for the 2020-2021 school year.  Parents will be able to rank order their school preferences for their student. Eighth grade students that are currently attending private, parochial or charter schools may complete a ballot, if they are interested in attending a Springfield Public Schools, during the 2020-2021 school year. A Springfield Public Schools student ID number is required in order to ballot.  To obtain a student ID number, please visit the Parent & Community Engagement Center or call 413-787-6959 during regular business hours.

Please note that Putnam, Honors Academy, and Chestnut TAG all have entrance requirements.
- Honors Academy and Chestnut TAG will only be available options to select if you have already met their academic entrance requirements.
- Honors Academy requires the successful completion of an admissions interview process. If your child is offered and you accept a seat at the Honors Academy, that acceptance will override the selections made in your child’s ballot.
- Due to capacity limitations, only students with Putnam Scores between 60 and 80 can select Putnam as a choice on their ballot. Admission is not guaranteed; students will be admitted to available seats in the order of their Putnam score (highest to lowest).

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