Innovation Academy Charter School

Innovation Academy Charter School (IACS) is a small charter school in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. The school was founded in 1996, under the name Chelmsford Public Charter School by a small group of parents from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. While initially a middle school serving only the town of Chelmsford, IACS has since expanded, establishing a high school and serving multiple towns within Massachusetts.

Innovation Academy Charter School
72 Tyng Road,
Tyngsborough, MA 01879

TypePublic charter
MottoThink. Connect. Apply. Innovate.
School districtInnovation Academy Charter District
DeanErin Attfield Quinlan
Clare Fox Ringwall
Stephanie Kelly
Charlene LaRoche (2011-2016)[1]
PrincipalGregory J. Orpen (-2014)
Erik Arnold (2014-present)
Melissa Kapeckas[2]
Head of schoolGregory J. Orpen[3]
Color(s)Red, White, and Blue
NewspaperThe Innovator

History of IACS

Innovation Academy Charter School was created in 1996 by a group of parents in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Its first class of middle school students, grades 5-8, was made up of fewer than 150 students.[7] Originally called Chelmsford Public Charter School, [8] it served students in Chelmsford only. A few years later the school was renamed Murdoch Middle School. It then served mainly three towns; Chelmsford, Billerica, and Lowell. It remained in Chelmsford for several years while growing in size, at one point occupying part of the Chelmsford Old Town Hall. Walter Landberg became the executive director and the school was renamed to Innovation Academy Charter School. The school then moved to Tyngsborough, Massachusetts where it became known as a regional charter school, expanding to also serve the towns of Dracut, Groton, Tewksbury, and Westford, among others. [7] Walter Landberg eventually left the school, after completing building projects for a new track and field and a building for the 5th and 6th grades named in his honor.

IACS Today

IACS has since expanded the original school into grades 5-12, a full middle school and high school.[7] The school has four outcomes: problem solving, community membership, effective communication, and self-direction.[8]

High school

The first graduation class of the high school was spring of 2011. The graduating class had 100% acceptance into a 4-year college. The students are split into groups of approximately 9 students called an "advisory". The advisory is led by a member of the high school staff who helps the students with school work and high school life. The school year is semester based with reports sent home 1/3 and 2/3 of the way through the semester. Grading is A, B, C, D, and F. Honors in individual classes are achieved by doing extra work assigned by the teacher and raises the GPA of that class by .5. Honors credit is not received with a D or F grade in that class.[9]

Middle school

Middle school is divided into 4 "teams". 2 teams are grades 5 and 6, and 2 others are grades 7 and 8. These teams are named after the outcome of the school listed above. The teams are further divided into advisories of 12-13 people. The middle school is made up of about 400 students. The school year is divided into quarters, with reports sent home at the end of every quarter. Students wishing to achieve honor roll must receive at least 3 P's and no grade below an A/P (see Grading). Distinguished honor roll requires no grade below a P and at least 1 D.[10]


The middle school uses a unique grading system. D, P, A, N, and W.[10] D stands for distinguished and is the same as an A+. P stands for Proficient and is the same as a A-. A stands for apprentice and is the same as a C. N stands for Novice and is the same as a D. W stands for warning and is the same as an F. Students are graded on Application, Comprehension, and the school outcomes.[10]


Middle school

The fall middle school sports teams consists of boys soccer grades 5-8, girls soccer grades 5-8, JV Volleyball grades 5-7, Varsity Volleyball grades 6-8, and cross-country grades 5-8.[11] Boys soccer won their league championship in the 2010 season and the 2014 season. The girls won their league championship in 2013. In 2011 the cross-country team placed 14 at a USATF New England Cross Country Invitational meet.[12] Winter middle school sports are indoor track grades 5-8, cheerleading grades 5-8, boys JV basketball, girls JV basketball, boys varsity basketball, and girls varsity basketball.[11] Indoor track was added in the winter of 2011, as was cheerleading. Spring sports offered are Kickball grade 5, Softball grades 6-8, Baseball grades 6-8,0 Dance grades 5-8, and Co-ed Track & Field grades 5-8. Softball, baseball, dance, and kickball were all added in the 2012 spring season. IACS dance has been very successful in the past, receiving golds, high golds, platinums, and high platinum awards both at regionals and nationals, as well as many overall awards, including 1st place! IACS middle school track and field had a successful second season in spring 2011 when four middle school boys set the New England 4 × 400 metres relay record with a time of 3:44.63.[13] In the 2012 season, the boys placed 2nd in the state meet and girls placed 9th in the state.[13]


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  7. ^ a b c Innovation Academy Charter School. "About Us". Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Mission & Charter". Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  9. ^ "High School Student Handbook". Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  10. ^ a b c "Middle School Student Handbook". Retrieved 28 July 2012.
  11. ^ a b "Middle School Athletics". IACS.
  12. ^ "3rd Annual Massachusetts Middle School XC Invitational". Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  13. ^ a b "Co-Ed Track & Field". IACS. Retrieved 29 July 2012.

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Coordinates: 42°39′32″N 71°24′30″W / 42.6588°N 71.4082°W

Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Chelmsford is a town in Middlesex County, Massachusetts in the United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town's population was 33,802. Only 48.4% are male and the median age of residents in Chelmsford is 39.2 years old. It is located 24 miles (39 km) northwest of Boston and, bordering on the city of Lowell, is part of the Greater Lowell metropolitan area. Besides Lowell on its northeast, Chelmsford is surrounded by four towns: Tyngsborough to the north, Billerica to the southeast, Carlisle to the south, and Westford to the west. Chelmsford is bordered by two sizable rivers: the Merrimack River to the north, and the Concord River to the east.

Named after Chelmsford, Essex, England, the town was incorporated in May 1655 by an act of the Massachusetts General Court. When Chelmsford was incorporated, its local economy was fueled by lumber mills, limestone quarries and kilns. The farming community of East Chelmsford was incorporated as Lowell in the 1820s; over the next decades it would go on to become one of the first large-scale factory towns in the United States because of its early role in the country's Industrial Revolution. Chelmsford experienced a drastic increase in population between 1950 and 1970, coinciding with the connection of U.S. Route 3 in Lowell to Massachusetts Route 128 in the 1950s and the extension of U.S. Route 3 from Chelmsford to New Hampshire in the 1960s.

Chelmsford has a representative town meeting form of government. The current town manager is Paul Cohen. The town has one public high school – Chelmsford High School, which is ranked among the top 500 schools in the nation – as well as two middle schools, and four elementary schools. The charter middle school started in Chelmsford became a regional charter school (Innovation Academy Charter School) covering grades 5 through 12, now located in Tyngsborough. Chelmsford high school age students also have the option of attending the Nashoba Valley Technical High School, located in Westford. In 2011, Chelmsford was declared the 28th best place to live in the United States by Money magazine.

Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School

The Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School (usually referred to as the Parker Charter School by the public, or simply Parker by students) is a public charter school in Devens, Massachusetts that serves students in grades 7 to 12. It was established in 1995 under the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, and serves about 400 students from 40 surrounding towns in north central Massachusetts, including Ayer, Shirley, Littleton, Leominster, Lunenburg, and Worcester. As a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, a leading organization for education reform, Parker is known for its nontraditional educational philosophy. The school takes its name from Francis Wayland Parker, a 19th-century pioneer of the progressive school movement.


IACS may refer to:

Integrated Administration and Control System

Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science

Industrial Automation and Control Systems are also referred to as Industrial control systems

Innovation Academy Charter School

Integrated Administration and Control System

International Annealed Copper Standard, a unit of electrical conductivity

International Association of Classification Societies

International Association of Cryospheric Sciences

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal

List of high schools in Massachusetts

This is a list of high schools in the state of Massachusetts.

Tyngsborough, Massachusetts

Tyngsborough (also spelled Tyngsboro) is a town in northern Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. Tyngsborough is 28 miles (45 km) from Boston along the Route 3 corridor, and located on the New Hampshire state line. At the 2010 census, the town population was 11,292. By its location, the town serves as a suburb of neighboring cities such as Nashua, New Hampshire and Lowell, Massachusetts.

Wang Institute of Graduate Studies

The Wang Institute of Graduate Studies was an independent educational institution founded in 1979 by computer entrepreneur An Wang. Its purpose was to provide professional and continuing studies in the nascent field of software engineering. It was accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in 1983. Faculty members were recruited from industry and students were required to have a minimum of three years prior experience in industry as a condition of acceptance.

The Institute acquired its 200-acre (0.81 km2) campus from the Marist Brothers who had operated a seminary on the site since 1924. Located in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts, it housed two divisions: The School of Information Technology and a fellowship program in East Asian studies.

The Institute never grew beyond a dozen or so faculty. As a result of declining business fortunes Dr. Wang closed the Institute, graduating the last class on August 27, 1988. The campus was transferred to Boston University where it served as a corporate education center. Today, it is the location of the Innovation Academy Charter School.

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