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Health Sciences Academy


    mercy The Health Sciences Academy is a unique learning opportunity housed within Mercy Hospital Springfield for 50 of Springfield Public Schools’ eighth-grade students. Students spend their year at Mercy in specially-designed, state-of-the-art-classroom facilities, using health care as the lens for problem-based learning. Students explore different careers, learn from professionals in the medical field, and implement projects to impact the health of our community.  


Health Sciences Academy in Action

Program Information

Should I apply for HSA?

    • Are you interested in the medical field?
    • Do you like to work with others to solve real-world problems?
    • Do you like to give back to the community?
    • Do you want to learn about different careers?
    • Do you like meeting new people?
    • Do you enjoy science, reading, and/or math?
    • Do you enjoy learning from experts?

    If you, selected many of these, you might be an excellent fit for HSA.

Meet the Teachers

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  • Apply in the Fall for the next school year.   


    • Any current 7th-grade SPS student or any non-SPS student who lives within the SPS attendance area is eligible to apply for their 8th-grade year.
    • Eligible students must have satisfactory attendance and behavior.
    • Selected students will be identified through a lottery system.
    • Transportation may be provided depending on driver shortage.
    • Applications are accepted November-December each year.



    Kelsey Brabo

     Mrs. Kelsey Brabo

    Director of Choice Programs & Student Experiences



    Dr. Adams Dr. Amanda Adams

    Coordinator of Choice Programs & Student Experiences