PVPA is a regional public charter school serving 400 students grades 7-12, from over 60 towns throughout Western Massachusetts. We seek to connect the creative process with critical thinking to inspire a love of learning. As a charter school, the work we do informs educational policy at local, state and national levels.
Mock Trial is a competitive Massachusetts interscholastic competition sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association. The students act as attorney and witnesses in a Mock Trial in a real courtroom with attorneys or Massachusetts judges evaluating their performance. Each opening statement and closing argument, each direct and cross-examination and each witness performance is scored on a 1-10 basis. The winner of the trial is the team that gets the most number of points.
PVPA has a tradition of excellence in Mock Trial since the team was started in 1996. The team has won the state championship in 2005 and last year in 2011, the only charter school and the only school from Western Massachusetts to ever do so.
From 2004-2011 the team has either won the state championship or been in the finals six out of those eight years.