Health Sciences Academy @Mercy


    Health Sciences Academy

    Health Sciences Academy is a unique learning opportunity housed within Mercy Hospital for 50 Springfield Public Schools eighth-grade students. Students spend their year at Mercy learning through the lens of health sciences in specially designed state of the art classroom facilities. Students attending the Health Sciences Academy will learn through a health lens utilizing partnerships and problem based learning.  Students explore different careers, learn from professionals in the medical field as well as connect with, and impact their community.  Their school day starts at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m.



Who is Eligible?

    • Any Springfield Public Schools (SPS) seventh-grade student, or any non-SPS seventh-grade student who lives within the SPS attendance area
    • Eligible students must have satisfactory attendance and behavior.
    • Selected students will be identified through a lottery system.
    • Families of selected students are responsible for transporting their child to and from school each day. 
    • Applications are accepted November-December each year.


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Amanda Adams
Health Sciences Academy
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Matt Bills
Health Sciences Academy
Matt teaches ELA & Social Studies. He is entering his 8th year of teaching, and 3rd with HSA. A Hillcrest alumnus and graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, he also holds a M.Ed. in English Education from MU. He loves spending time with his wife and 3 children in the Ozark foothills-camping, fishing, hiking, canoeing.“It’s such a privilege to be a part of HSA. So much of what we do goes beyond the classroom and into the community to create a to create a culture of service and leadership.

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  • Christine Jones Coordinator of Summer Learning and Student Experiences


    Kelsey Brabo Coordinator of Choice Programs and Student Experiences

    (417) 631-9926