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
The Southbridge Academy staff directory can be found here.
The Southbridge Academy visitor policy can be found here.
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