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Meet our Head of School

I am thrilled and thankful to be leading this exciting and innovative community. I am inspired by our mission to ignite in our students a passion for learning and global leadership. In my years at SCA, I have been privileged to see the positive impact that a combination of a rigorous curriculum and the cultivation of passion and leadership has on our students. I have seen that our graduates are confident and go forth to meet the intellectual, social, and moral challenges that lie ahead, poised not only to do well in life, but also to do good in the world. 

The positive impact that our graduates have and will have on their community and the world at large is an enduring testament to our school’s mission, our faculty’s hard work and care, and our parents’ commitment to giving their children the best education available.

I encourage you to get to know us. We are a community of diverse experiences and strong spirits as well as a wonderful group of people. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

John Foley

John Foley, Interim Head of School

Welcome to Springfield

Springfield Commonwealth Academy (SCA) was founded in 1885 on a historical campus that first served as an all-girls school in 1890. After re-opening its doors in 2012, SCA has served as a distinguished, independent college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and college preparatory curriculum provides students with a quality private school education. 


Explore our School

Located in Springfield Massachusetts, SCA's 20-acre campus in the historic Ames Hill district is home to a small group of scholars who live, learn and excel together. Small classroom sizes and a low student-teacher ratio allows us to provide a very personal and safe learning experience for each individual student.

The faculty and staff do more than just teach; they are also mentors and friends. Outside of class, your favorite teacher or school leader can be found coaching sports or running student-centered clubs, and some even serving as dorm parents. 

Boarding students at SCA live in renovated English and Spanish style mansions which were once home to Springfield's wealthiest residents who were industry leaders of their time.

The Springfield Commonwealth Academy community is full of talented, intelligent and highly-driven individuals. We are continuously growing as more of the world's brightest students and teachers join our school family. 

Facts and Figures

Welcome to Springfield

Memberships and Accreditations

New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC)

National Honor Society (NHS)

Official SAT Test Center

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

Top 20 Boarding Schools

Ranked in United States



To provide a quality co-ed private school education for students who are bright, talented and interested in attending a college or university
History of Springfield Commonwealth, former MacDuffie School



John and Abigail MacDuffie purchased Miss Howard’s School on Union Street in Springfield, Massachusetts. This property included the home of Samuel Bowles, which was transformed into a classroom building know as the Main House. 

The school property was then transformed and renamed The MacDuffie School, an all-girls college preparatory school.


At the beginning of World War II, the MacDuffie School was sold to Ralph and Cleminette Rutenber. Rutenber Hall (the school's main classroom and library facility) and Downing Gymnasium (athletic facility) were constructed.

Under the Rutenber's leadership, the school enjoyed its large enrollments in the 1960's and 1970's, reaching 360 boarding and day students from all over the U.S. and abroad.


The MacDuffie property was purchased and then moved from the Springfield location to Granby, Massachusetts. 

Five days before graduation in the MacDuffie School's final year in Springfield, the school's campus was devastated by a rare EF3 tornado, causing more than $10 million in damage to the campus. Although there were no injuries, the campus was severely damaged with most of its trees uprooted as well as damage to buildings.


Following a year of clean-up after the tornado devastated its campus, Springfield Commonwealth Academy finally opened its doors.

Faculty and Staff

Leadership and Administration

Academic and Athletic

Join the Springfield team

Since its opening, Springfield Commonwealth Academy has been committed to helping children become the best versions of themselves in the classroom, on the field, on a stage, or in the community. Our faculty and staff lead by example as mentors and role models. If you would like to join our community, we invite you to explore our career opportunities below. 

Available Positions

There are currently not job openings at this time.

If you are interested in additional future opportunities please send your cover letter to We will be in touch if a role becomes available that matches your skills and experiences.

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