Southbridge Academy

Click on the links below for important information about the 2020 - 2021 school year at Southbridge Academy

Southbridge Academy is a therapeutic high school serving students who need something different than a traditional high school. The school supports students through therapeutic and student-centered approaches, such as flexible scheduling and “anywhere anytime” credits.


Students at Southbridge Academy benefit from smaller class sizes, individualized care teams, and a high staff to student ratio. Additionally, they benefit from individualized learning plans developed by relationships resulting in a  deep understanding of who they are by faculty and support staff.

Meet The Principal

Desiree Chumsantivut joined Southbridge Public Schools in 2018 after 15 years working for the Justice Resource Institute. Dr. Chumsantivut is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who completed behavior analysis training at Pennsylvania State University.

She has extensive experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of settings within the field of social justice. Her expertise is providing behavioral services for youth with histories of trauma and behavioral challenge

Staff Directory 
The Southbridge Academy staff directory can be found here.
Visitor Policy

The Southbridge Academy visitor policy can be found here.

Dress Code

Dr. Chumsantivut is excited for the unique opportunity to lead Southbridge Academy, establish traditions and build a rich culture celebrating the diversity of the Southbridge Schools Community. With the guidance provided by the district turnaround plan focusing on Student Literacy, Climate & Culture, and Student Engagement, and the support of the Receiver, Southbridge Academy is well on its way to meeting our goal to provide students with a world-class education.

In addition to working for Southbridge Public Schools, Dr. Chumsantivut teaches graduate level Applied Behavior Analysis courses as an Adjunct Professor at Assumption College and teaches high school seminary to local students grades 9-12. While she has a love for education, she also enjoys outdoor activities and spending time with her husband and three sons.

B.A., Psychology, Marshall University

M.S., Non-profit Management, Worcester State University

Ed.S., Educational Specialist, Bay Path University

Psy.D., Human and Organizational Psychology, Touro University

The Southbridge Academy dress code can be found here.
Phone Plan Notice to Parents
The Southbridge Academy phone usage plan and document can be found here.
Below: An open house event for Southbridge Academy brings the community together

Southbridge High School

132 Torrey Road

tel: 508-764-5450 fax: 774-318-1687

Eastford Road School

120 Eastford Road

tel: 508-764-5460 fax: 508-764-5495

Southbridge Public Schools

Central Office

132 Torrey Road

Southbridge, MA 01550


Southbridge Middle School

132 Torrey Road

tel: 508-764-5450 fax: 774-318-1684

West Street Elementary School

156 West Street

tel: 508-764-5470 fax: 508-764-5493

Southbridge Academy

25 Cole Avenue

tel: 508-764-5415 ext. 405

Charlton Street Elementary School

220 Charlton Street

tel: 508-764-5475 fax: 508-764-5491

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Southbridge Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, religion, age, or sexual orientation.

Title IX Compliance Officer - Dr. Margo Ferrick, 132 Torrey Road, (508) 764-5415 ext. 416

Section 504 Compliance Officer - Karen Giangregorio, 25 Cole Avenue, (508) 764-5414 ext. 418