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Only 1 in 2 kindergartners in Springfield are expected to graduate from high school.

 

 

 

We are defying those odds.  

At Veritas Prep, our mission is rooted in meeting the needs of our community. We believe that a fifty-fifty graduation rate is not good enough for Springfield’s children, and we are working to ensure that our scholars are able to compete, achieve, and succeed in high school, college, and beyond. 

Our school provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and character education within a structured learning environment. We utilize an extended school day, school year, and data-driven instruction to drive dramatic gains in scholar achievement.  

In the words of our inaugural graduating class.

SCHOLAR GROWTH AT VERITAS PREP

Veritas Preparatory Charter School (Veritas Prep) was granted a charter by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in February, 2011. We opened our doors to our inaugural class of 81 fifth graders in the 2012-2013 school year. Each year since then we have expanded by an additional grade-level to reach full capacity with 324 students in grades 5-8 in the 2015-2016 school year.

After three years at our school, Veritas Prep scholars have surpassed their district peers and are outperforming statewide averages with 83% of Veritas Prep scholars scoring proficient or advanced in English Language Arts (ELA) and 75% scoring proficient or advanced in Math. 

 
 

MATH MCAS SCORES

  • 22%

    Before Veritas

  • 56%

    2012 - 2013

  • 72%

    2013 - 2014

  • 75%

    2014 - 2015

Percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced.

ELA MCAS SCORES

  • 39%

    Before Veritas

  • 73%

    2012 - 2013

  • 76%

    2013 - 2014

  • 83%

    2014 - 2015

Percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced.

 
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Meet Our Scholars

We admit all of our scholars on a lottery basis, and Veritas Prep is a tuition-free public school. Our school is a publicly funded, independently managed, and non-selective charter school. We welcome scholars of all backgrounds, including scholars with disabilities and English language learners. Our diverse student body mirrors that of Springfield city schools, yet our unique approach places our scholars on a different path.


SCHOLAR DEMOGRAPHICS: 2014 - 2015

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PHOTO ESSAY: A SNAPSHOT OF LIFE AT VERITAS PREP

 

Leadership Team


RACHEL ROMANO FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ms. Romano brings a strong background in local educational leadership and powerful training as a Fellow with Building Excellent Schools.  Ms. Romano has studied and visited some of the highest performing urban charter schools to inform the design of Veritas Prep and make it a gap-closing school in Springfield.   Prior to founding Veritas Prep, Ms. Romano was the Principal and Executive Director of the Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter School in Framingham, MA where she led the school to achieve consistent gains in student achievement and increased enrollment by 62%. A certified Principal and English Teacher in Massachusetts, Ms. Romano spent six years working in the Springfield Public Schools as a teacher and school leader. Ms. Romano earned a B.S. in Journalism from Syracuse University and a M.Ed. in Education Administration from the University of Massachusetts. 
 


EMILY BAECHER PRINCIPAL

Ms. Baecher joined Veritas Prep as the Founding Reading Teacher and served as the school’s Director of Academic Achievement before becoming Principal in 2015. Prior to joining Veritas Prep, Ms. Baecher taught for four years at Edward Brooke Charter School in Boston, MA (grades 2-5).  One hundred percent of her third graders reached proficiency on the state math test and 94% achieved proficiency in ELA.  She was a member of the founding 5th grade team at Brooke Mattapan in 2011.  She and her colleagues pushed their fifth graders to achieve one of the highest Student Growth Percentages in the state (79%). Ms. Baecher graduated from the University of Chicago, where she received both her bachelor’s degree in Biology and her Master’s degree from the Urban Teacher Education Program.


BOARD OF TRUSTEES

CHARLES ALVES
BOARD MEMBER

JUDITH CROWELL
BOARD MEMBER

LISA DOHERTY
TREASURER

 

DAVID FULLER
BOARD MEMBER

ANTHONY GABINETTI
BOARD MEMBER

DALE JANES
VICE CHAIR

 

MATTHEW LANDON
BOARD MEMBER

AARON MENDELSON
CHAIR

GREG MOODY
BOARD MEMBER

 

 

REBECCA SELA
SECRETARY

MICHAEL SWEET
CHAIR