What is Forward 5?

The Springfield Public Schools Forward 5 initiative is a bold approach to help drive rapid and significant increases in student achievement at some of the district's schools: Chestnut, Kennedy and Kiley middle schools, the High School of Commerce, DeBerry and White Street Elementary Schools. The program becomes effective for the 2013-14 school year.


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"The movement represents the most cutting edge education reform taking place in the country today. Our promise is a culture of equity and proficiency for all students and our Forward 5 initiative will help us deliver on that promise."

– Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick

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School Hours

2013-2014 Forward 5
School Hours


Chestnut Accelerated Middle Schools
7:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.


High School of Commerce
7:35 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.


DeBerry Elementary School
8:05 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Kennedy Middle School
7:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.


Kiley Middle School
7:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.


White Street School
8:05 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Why has Springfield Public Schools partnered with an outside agency to help improve the Forward 5 schools?

The district has partnered with EdLabs. What is that and what is their track record for success?

What do you mean when you say EdLabs will "partner" with Springfield Public Schools?

What is the "process"?

What about improvement efforts at other schools?


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Participating Schools
  • Chestnut Accelerated Middle School
  • High School of Commerce
  • William N. DeBerry Elementary School
  • John F. Kennedy Middle School
  • M. Marcus Kiley Middle School
  • White Street Elementary School