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Our Partner Schools

Teach Western Mass was founded as a joint venture of Holyoke Public Schools, the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership, and UP Education Network to attract, develop, and retain high-quality educators to Western Massachusetts. Each of these partners have taken specific steps to ensure that teachers have more input into school-level decisions and more opportunities for professional development and growth. In our schools, you’ll learn, grow, and build a rewarding career alongside a team that shares your commitment to our students. Teach Western Mass partner schools are seeking exceptional teachers for the 2018-19 school year.

In our schools, regardless of school type, teachers learn, grow, and build a rewarding career alongside a team that shares a commitment to every student. 

Each school reflects the unique community it serves in Western Massachusetts. You can access a full list of open opportunities here.

Holyoke Public Schools

Holyoke Public Schools is in the midst of a major district turnaround driven by the belief that all children deserve an excellent education and that teachers know their students best and should be driving change at the school level. Though Holyoke’s schools are still traditional public schools, they have a significant level of flexibility. School-based teams are empowered to make data-driven decisions to improve instruction, achievement, and culture in their school. 

Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership

The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership is an educator-led partnership with the goal of improving student achievement at nine middle schools and one high school through teacher and school leader developed school operational plans tailored to meet the needs of its students. Additionally, at each school, an elected group of teachers works closely with the school administration to make important decisions throughout the year.

UP Education Network

UP Education Network is a nonprofit school management organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time. We are a nonprofit school management organization whose mission is to rapidly transform chronically underperforming district schools into extraordinary schools that sustain high achievement over time.

In fall 2016, we launched UP Academy Kennedy in Springfield.


Teach Western Mass has also welcomed several charter schools that are committed to increased teacher voice and autonomy into the partnership.

Baystate Academy Charter Public School

Baystate Academy is a college preparatory school that combines challenging academic standards with professional health career settings to prepare 6th – 12th grade students in Springfield to be inspired leaders in the twenty-first century workforce.

Libertas Academy Charter School

Libertas Academy prepares students in grades 6-12 to succeed within the college of their choice and to be positive, engaged members of their communities by providing rigorous academics, character development, and strong support for every learner. 

Phoenix Charter Academy

Phoenix knows that great learning begins with great leaders.We challenge disconnected students from Springfield, Holyoke and Chicopee with rigorous academics and relentless support so that they can recast themselves as resilient, self-sufficient adults in order to succeed in high school, college and beyond. 

Springfield Prep Charter School

Springfield Prep is a new public charter school in Springfield, Massachusetts that opened in the 2015-16 school year and will serve students in grades K-3 in the 2017-18 school year. Our team is made up of a group of energetic educators and professionals who are committed to closing existing achievement gaps. We work hard and constantly seek to improve our practice so that our scholars get a top-notch education that will put them on the path to college.

Veritas Prep Charter School

Veritas Prep prepares scholars in grades 5 through 8 to compete, achieve, and succeed in high school, college, and beyond. The need in Springfield rivals that of our nation’s major urban areas, but the resources and attention devoted to reforming Springfield’s schools pale in comparison. We’re defying these odds and changing the trajectory of our scholars’ lives.