Education in Western Massachusetts
Springfield and the Western Massachusetts Region hosts several world class colleges.
In Springfield, American International College, Springfield College, Western New England College, and Springfield Technical Community College offer a wide variety of areas of study at both the undergraduate and graduate level.
In addition, the greater Springfield area is home to Bay Path College, Elms College, Holyoke Community College and Westfield State College. Visit the he Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS) web site for more information on how these eight institutions enhance the local community through educational, cultural and economic development programs.
The Five College Area is also within commuting distance of Springfield, including Amherst, Hampshire, Smith, Mount Holyoke, and the flagship UMass Amherst campus.
For K-12 schools, Springfield′s school system educates around 25,000 students a year in 43 public schools, 4 alternative schools, and 3 charter schools. Private and parochial schools include the MacDuffie School, the Academy Hill School, Cathedral High School, Pioneer Valley Montessori School, Pioneer Valley Christian School, Our Lady of Hope, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Holy Name and Holy Cross.
The Community Music School is dedicated to accessible music instruction and participation for children. The school is housed in a 1933 Art Deco building just a few steps east on State Street.