SDE: Magnet Elementary Schools

Choose Success! A Guide to School Choice for Connecticut Students and their Families

Interdistrict Magnet Schools

Elementary Schools (PK3-Grade 5)

Academy of Aerospace & Engineering

Gayle Hills, Principal

525 Brook Street

Rocky Hill, CT 06067

Tel. 860-529-1652

Grades: PK-1

CREC’s Academy of Aerospace & Engineering Elementary School focuses on developing strong foundational knowledge for students in four interrelated domains of STEM literacy: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The curricula provides students with significant and meaningful opportunities to conduct investigations, gather and use information, and solve problems using scientific methods of thinking and technology as tools. Engaging children in these practices helps them develop a deep understanding of the world around them.

Students attending the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary School have the unique opportunity to experience the STEM-integrated curriculum from preschool to Grade 12. Students experience a pathway to the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Middle School and ultimately a pathway to the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering High School. This preschool through Grade 12 continuum allows students to build on their knowledge as they travel through each Academy, preparing them for higher education and advanced studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School

Patricia Phelan, Principal

20 Security Drive

Avon, CT 06001

Tel. 860-677-0380

Grades: PK3-3

The CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School utilizes research-based teaching and learning practices in reading, mathematics, science, technology and the arts, students make interdisciplinary connections, engage in project-based learning, and work with professional artists as they develop and refine new skills. Instruction in core academic areas, as well as participation in live performances and public showcases of their work, provides students with challenging learning activities that develop their ability to demonstrate creativity, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and assume leadership roles.

This opportunity provides elementary students a continuum of learning as they prepare to progress on to the Middle and High School programs at GHAA and ultimately higher education and/or a career in the arts.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Annie Fisher Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Magnet School

Sheri D. Tanner, Principal

280 Plainfield Street

Harford, CT 06112

Tel: 860-695-3500

Grades: K-8 

The STEM Magnet School at Annie Fisher is an advanced academic program focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students will receive a rigorous, academically challenging curriculum with intense science and math instruction. Students will participate in early engineering experiences with technology integrated across the curriculum, for students who enjoy challenges and investigating the world around them. Teachers will use an innovative, hands-on curriculum to involve the children in asking questions, finding answers to real world issues and designing solutions.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School

Yoland Jones-Generette, Principal

170 Derby Avenue

New Haven, CT 06511

Tel. 203-691-3500

Grades: PK-8 

At Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School, environmental studies are the connecting web that weaves throughout the curriculum. Students discover that learning is like a healthy ecosystem, where all parts are important and ideas and concepts build and depend on each other. Barnard will foster values and feelings of concern for humans and the environment, and provide motivation for participating in the protection of both. Barnard will use the strength of diversity to develop a family of active learners. Barnard students also will benefit from innovative curriculum approaches, including outdoor learning, participation in community projects and cooperative group work.

For participating districts and transportation, visit the New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Web site.

Benjamin Jepson Multi-Age Interdistrict Magnet School

Lesley Stancarone, Principal

15 Lexington Avenue

New Haven, CT 06513

Tel. 203-691-2900

Grades: PK-8 

Benjamin Jepson provides a multicultural environment and a curriculum that creates opportunities to solve problems and creatively express ideas and concepts. Cooperation in learning is emphasized and shared by all members of the Jepson community. Key elements are: (1) nongraded—children work together in flexible multi-age groupings; (2) child-centered—each child's unique abilities are recognized and nurtured; and (3) curriculum—a literature-based program is used to teach reading, central themes are developed and implemented as part of the social studies and science curriculums, and a hands-on approach is used in teaching math and science.

For participating districts and transportation, visit the New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Web site.

Betances STEM Magnet School

Tyrone Richardson, Principal

585 Wethersfield Avenue

Hartford, CT 06114

Tel. 860-695-2971

Grades: 4-6

The Betances STEM Magnet School is part of the innovative learning that has advanced academic focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students are engaged in an innovative, hands-on, inquiry approach that moves students from "learning to read" to "reading to learn." The core strategy of STEM involves hands-on, experiential learning, observation and analysis. Students are encouraged to engage in, and solve, real world problems through hands-on lessons and structured inquiry.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Betances Early Reading Lab Magnet School

Corinne Clark Barney, Principal

42 Charter Oak Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106

Tel. 860-695-2841

Grades: PK3-3

Dr. Ramon E. Betances Elementary School is a model Pre-K-3 Early Reading Lab School. This school will employ outstanding practices in early literacy instruction while also serving as a professional development center for elementary school teachers who want to further develop their skills in early literacy instruction. Students will develop an appreciation for all genres of literature, and be prepared to be at or above the proficient level on the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) by the end of third grade. (Parents must enroll their child in pre-kindergarten to benefit from the full five-year curriculum that is designed to meet the third grade reading proficiency standard.)

The Early Literacy Professional Development Center will be a training institute for teachers to observe best instructional practices and participate in targeted training in research-based reading and language arts instruction strategies.

The School will focus on three key goals:

Goal 1: Early Reading Success: To promote 100% of students from grade 3 reading level (CMT).

Goal 2: Professional Development: To build capacity within the Hartford Public Schools by preparing future reading teachers.

Goal 3: Family Literacy: To serve as a district model on effective programs that build family literacy within a community school structure.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Breakthrough Magnet School

Julie Goldstein, Principal

290 Brookfield Street

Hartford, CT 06106

Tel. 860-695-5700

Grades: PK3-8 

Breakthrough Magnet School (BMS), one of Hartford's highest performing schools, is the first of only three magnet schools in the nation whose theme is character education, and now, is the first and only school in Connecticut to provide "Mindfulness" training to all students. Located in a state of the art facility that was custom built for its theme, BMS provides a rigorous and authentic learning experience in which students use real purposes and audiences as catalysts for the development of curricular skills. They gain knowledge, utilize higher order thinking, exercise body and mind, and explore the arts, technology and social values in the BMS environment. With 360 students boasting heritage from over 25 countries who live in Hartford and 24 surrounding towns, BMS is truly a "global community for students of character."

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Breakthrough Magnet School II

Katherine Leonard, Principal

395 Lyme Street

Hartford, CT 06112

Tel. 860-695-6380

Grades: PK3-8

Breakthrough Magnet North is dedicated to bringing staff, families and community members of diverse backgrounds together to develop students as models of outstanding character. The overall theme of Breakthrough Magnet North is "Building character one B.R.I.C.K at a time."¯ B.R.I.C.K is the acronym that students follow to develop positive character (B-breakdowns to breakthroughs, R-responsibility, I-integrity, C-contribution, K-knowledge). Character education permeates the curriculum and students learn to become outstanding citizens. Breakthrough Magnet North is modeled after the highly successful and sought after Breakthrough Magnet (located in the South end of Hartford). We are sister schools with the same mission just different locations.

We are dedicated to getting to know each child individually and supporting them in their growth and development. At Breakthrough your child will learn a variety of problem solving strategies, become independent thinkers and develop a community service project enabling them to give back. We celebrate our growing diversity and innovative learners. We encourage our students to become leaders not just within our school but to the larger community we call "the world."

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Kitsia Hughey, Principal

1304 Main Street

Hartford, CT 06103

Tel. 860-695-9800

Grades: PK3-12 

Capital Prep is a year-round college preparatory school with a social justice theme. Students are engaged in the exploration of issues surrounding leadership, character and innovation. Since its inception in 2005, 100 percent of Capital Prep graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges.

The theme is woven into the core curriculum of reading, writing, math and science, through interdisciplinary units that highlight global topics and incorporate the five Capital Prep learner expectations: collaboration, information processing, problem solving, empathy and effective communication.

Upper School students participate in college classes and can earn up to 50 college credits before graduation—at no cost to themselves or their families.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy

Angela Kiss, Principal

141 Tuckie Road

North Windham, CT 06256

Tel. 860-465-2610

Grades: K-7 

Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy is the first K to 8 magnet school in northeastern Connecticut operated by Windham Public Schools. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Focusing on these subjects will help students gain important cognitive and academic skill, enhancing their ability to think critically, solve complex problems and work collaboratively.

Our teaching methods, state of the art technology, laboratories, classrooms and equipment provide students with the tools they need to apply effective critical thinking skills to any challenge. Hands-on inquiry helps to motivate students as they gain confidence across academic disciplines and develop a broader intellectual and personal understanding of the world around them. Learning becomes more meaningful as personal inquiry stimulates higher level thinking and students investigate real world problems in a stimulating and supportive learning environment.

The new, state-of-the-art, 83,700-sq.-ft school is sited on a sheltering hillside to take full advantage of solar energy. All carefully designed laboratories, classrooms and interior spaces are set around a center courtyard where rain-water runoff is channeled into a natural bio-filtration swale. The swale mimics a perennial stream bed and serves as an outdoor classroom. Other outdoor study areas include butterfly and vegetation gardens. The facility will offer the latest technology equipment in its classrooms and library/media center, as well as in its laboratories for oceanography, LEGO/Robotics and distance learning. There is also plenty of room for student recreation, as the site includes athletic fields and a playground.

For participating districts and transportation information, contact the school.

Davis Street Arts & Academics Interdistrict Magnet School

Sequella Coleman, Principal

35 Davis Street

New Haven, CT 06515

Tel. 203-946-8660

Grades: PK-8 

Davis Street Arts and Academics Interdistrict Magnet School develops reflective programs that foster a child’s ethical, psycho-social, physical and intellectual development through explicit instruction and collaboration within a professional learning community. The school nurtures a student’s capacity to think strategically and critically in preparation for leadership and optimal success in our global society. Together, as a collective community of leaders, we strive to deepen our commitment to social values such as kindness, responsibility and respect for others.

Davis features two bands: the 21C Marching Band and the Little People’s Band. The 21C Band performs locally in parades and celebrations. Two yearly drama performances allow Davis to focus on the Arts component of the magnet theme. In addition, there are choral, violin and dance performances throughout the year.

For participating districts and transportation, visit the New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Web site.

Discovery Academy

Lynn Toper, Principal

417 Franklin Avenue

Hartford, CT 06114

Tel. 860-296-2090

Grades Served: PK3-3

At the Discovery Academy, children will use scientific methods to engage them in learning inquiries, helping them to develop a deep understanding of the world around them. Through the use of technology and problem solving, students will explore the various fields of science. An interdisciplinary team approach to learning will ensure that students recognize basic scientific principles applied to everyday life and throughout all aspects of the school's curriculum. The Capitol Regional Education Council (CREC) manages this school.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

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Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary M. Hooker

Desmond Caldwell, Principal

440 Broadview Terrace

Hartford, CT 06106

Tel. 860-695-3760  |  Fax 860-522-7590

Grades: PK4-Grade 8

The Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary M. Hooker offers a comprehensive program which includes inquiry-based, hands-on investigations of our local and global environments. Using the new, state-of-the-art building and campus, students monitor, test and collect data throughout the year, noting human impact on our environment. The building and campus provide many different ecosystems and labs which allow students to work side-by-side with a resident marine scientist and entomologist, exploring local living organisms from plants to butterflies.

The environmental science theme provides a rich elementary and middle school experience designed to prepare students to enter high-quality high school science and technology programs. Student experiences allow them to develop the critical thinking skills required for success in the emerging fields of medicine, engineering, and environmental sciences.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

The Friendship School

Kathleen Suprin, Principal

24 Rope Ferry Road

Waterford, CT 06385

Tel. 860-447-4049

Grades: PK-K 

The Friendship School is a model urban-suburban collaborative effort between New London and Waterford and administered by LEARN, the regional educational service center for southeastern Connecticut. Its mission is to ensure that all enrolled preschool and kindergarten children will acquire the readiness skills to be active members of a diverse learning community, and that their families will be informed advocates who will be actively involved in the development and education of their children. Natural inclusion of children with identified special needs occurs in every classroom. Full-day family-friendly learning opportunities are available, as well as out-of-school-time care options.

For participating districts and transportation information, visit CES transportation services.

Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School

Ryan Donlon, Principal

95 Oak Street

Glastonbury, CT 06033

Tel. 860-633-4455

Grades: PK3-5 

Glastonbury-East Hartford Magnet School, operated by CREC, uses a variety of teaching methods and instructional strategies to emphasize thematic, inquiry-based and discovery learning. The 5E Instructional Model—engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate—is used to help students build their own understanding and create new knowledge through experiences and ideas.

As a NASA Explorer School, students participate in a variety of video conferences and learning sessions with astronauts, rocket scientists and engineers from NASA and other industry partners. Students collaborate with CREC partner schools such as Two Rivers Magnet Middle School and the Academy of Aerospace & Engineering to make connections across the K-12 spectrum.

The school's inquiry-based model for learning encourages students to experiment and pursue areas of interest in global studies, technology and science. Students learn about the world and how to incorporate what they learn into their everyday lives.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

 

Hartford Prekindergarten Magnet School

Dolores Cole, Principal

121 Cornwall Street

Hartford, CT 06112

Tel. 860-695-5820

Grades: PK3-PK4 

At Hartford Prekindergarten Magnet School, early childhood educators partner with families to build a strong foundation for young children to ensure successful transition to Kindergarten and participation in a global society. With an emphasis on inquiry-based literacy learning, Hartford Prekindergarten Magnet School provides an integrated instructional program designed to develop the whole child.

Highly qualified teachers guide the students' learning utilizing a research-based curriculum designed to cultivate the preschooler's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive abilities. An integral part of instruction will include play, music and exposure to the arts and sciences by utilizing the cultural institutions in Hartford.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School

Sangeeta Bella, Principal

4510 Park Avenue

Bridgeport, CT 06604

Tel. 203-275-1801

Grades: PK-8

The Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School provides an integrated curriculum. Science is the springboard to other content areas. The school aligns its curriculum with the State Department of Education's Curriculum Frameworks for all areas. Children develop skills in literacy as they learn about exciting science concepts. The mathematics program is inquiry-based and complements the science content.

The school has been designed as a "green"¯ school with attention to environmental concerns. Students participate in activities that enable them to monitor energy and water usage. They create and implement strategies to "save the environment." Social skills are developed within a diverse learning community, fostering collaboration. Students seek solutions for school, community and environmental concerns.

The Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School creates a safe, collaborative environment that promotes diversity, self-esteem, inquiry-based learning, independent thinking and produces students who are "college ready"¯ and prepared to succeed in life.

The school has partnerships with the Discovery Museum and Planetarium, Sacred Heart University, Beardsley Park Zoo and the General Electric Company.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, contact John Curtis.

International Magnet School for Global Citizenship

Nguyet Tinh, Principal

625 Chapel Road

South Windsor, CT 06074

Tel. 860-291-6001

Grades: PK3-Grade 5 

The International Magnet School for Global Citizenship, operated by CREC, prepares students in Pre-K to Grade 5 to become global citizens, appreciate diversity and perform academically at the highest level. The school's emphasis is on the Learner Profile, a set of attributes designed to create internationally minded students who have developed the skills to flourish as learners anywhere in the world.

The world-standard curriculum nurtures students to become thoughtful and inquiring learners. Students study how the world works and the impact of "one"¯ on an ever changing society. The interconnectedness of the world is studied through the arts, foreign language and multicultural education.

The International Magnet School is an authorized International Baccalaureate School, offering the Primary Years Programme (PYP).

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

John C. Daniels School of International Communication

Marlene Baldizón, Principal

569 Congress Avenue

New Haven, CT 06519

Tel. 203-691-3600

Grades: PK-8 

John C. Daniels School of International Communication incorporates elements of international communication in all subject areas in order to expand students' knowledge about the world's diverse countries and people so that they are equipped and empowered to communicate effectively with each other and across cultures. Students are provided with multiple and varied opportunities through the use of technology and the arts to apply their knowledge and skills in connecting with people around the world and in their own backyards. Daniels is a PK-8 dual-language school instructing all students in English and Spanish, and introducing Grades 7 and 8 students to Mandarin Chinese.

For participating districts and transportation, visit the New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Web site.

King/Robinson IB Magnet School

Nadine Gannon, Principal

150 Fournier Street

New Haven, CT 06511

Tel. 203-691-2700

Grades: PK-8 

Jackie Robinson Middle and Martin Luther King Elementary schools merged into a PK-8 program in the new, state-of-the-art Jackie Robinson School building. The mission is to develop healthy adolescents and assist them in the acquisition of critical thinking skills, knowledge and positive attitudes for lifelong learning. The curriculum emphasizes literacy and world languages (Spanish, French and Latin) as well as the New Haven comprehensive curriculum. Students will have exposure to two or more world languages and a host of experiences in the fine arts before high school. Through the Comprehensive Arts Program, students will have opportunities to participate in projects that incorporate the literary arts, dance, music, drama, visual arts and storytelling. Jackie Robinson offers before-, after- and Saturday-school programs to all its students and neighborhood children. Summer school is offered as enrichment.

For participating districts and transportation, visit the New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Web site.

L.W. Beecher Museum Magnet School of Arts and Sciences

Kathy Russell Beck, Principal

100 Jewell Street

New Haven, CT 06515

Tel. 203-691-3800

Grades: PK-8 

L.W. Beecher Museum Magnet School of Arts and Sciences has formed partnerships with renowned museums in New Haven. Museum educators, artists and scientists visit the school and introduce students to museum collections featuring history, science, technology and the arts. Teachers use original documents, artifacts and other primary sources to make class lessons more relevant and to allow children to form their own connections and discoveries. For example, Grade 4 students might learn about Native American daily life by visiting the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, or by examining native plants, insects and habitats familiar to Connecticut's indigenous peoples at the West Rock Nature Center. Beecher takes a "hands-on approach"¯ to learning, to help students explore, apply and create knowledge in both individual and group projects. Students present their conclusions through exhibitions, reports and publications. During schoolwide exhibitions, classrooms become museums and students become museum guides. Through the creation of exhibits, children develop organization and presentation skills and learn to recognize quality content and effective communication.

For participating districts and transportation, visit the New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Web site.

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Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School

Donna Cullen, Principal

233 South Elm Street

Waterbury, CT 06706

Tel. 203-574-8162

Grades: PK-5 

Maloney Interdistrict Magnet School offers an integrated multicultural curriculum and science/technology curriculum using the school's state-of-the-art technology. Our diverse child-centered setting offers students a Japanese language program. Maloney Magnet also provides full-day prekindergarten and kindergarten programs, a before- and after-school program and services for students with hearing impairments.

For participating districts and transportation information, contact the school.

Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology & Communications Interdistrict Magnet School

Sandra Kalizewski, Principal

191 Fountain Street

New Haven, CT 06515

Tel. 203-691-2800

Grades: PK-8 

The Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology & Communications Interdistrict Magnet School is operated by New Haven Public Schools. It integrates school, home and community to foster academic excellence and social responsibility. The school places a special emphasis on science and math embedded in a strong language arts program. The state-of-the-art facility uses the science and technology labs, among other spaces, to integrate academics across all content areas. Key features include the forensic science program, the national weather station, the NASA Explorer School designation, various technology labs, and an instrumental/electronic music classroom. Technology is used as a tool to enhance all levels of communication and information throughout all disciplines. For example, video conferencing equipment provides opportunities for distance learning in all content areas. The school's themes are integrated into real-life applications through computer-based research, technology, live video broadcasts, computer graphics and animation, and robotics. Partnerships abound, including Hamilton Sundstrand, NASA, Yale, Southern Connecticut State and Quinnipiac universities, the FBI, and various local and state businesses and corporations.

For participating districts and transportation, visit the New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Web site.

Montessori Magnet School at Annie Fisher

John Freeman, Principal

280 Plainfield Street

Harford, CT 06112

Tel. 860-695-3560

Grades: PK3-8

The Montessori Method, based on the highly successful theories of Marie Montessori, is taught in 125 countries in 22,000 schools. The goal of a Montessori education is to graduate students with a vision of what the world can be and the wherewithal to lead and accomplish that mission. The children's inherent "love of learning"¯ is encouraged by giving them opportunities to engage in spontaneous, meaningful activities. Montessori students use hands-on materials to explore and discover. Through their work, the children develop concentration, motivation, persistence and discipline.

Montessori classrooms are multi-age with three age groupings: primary ages 3-6; lower elementary, ages 6-9; and upper elementary, ages 9-12.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Montessori Magnet at Moylan School

Carolyn Havrda, Principal

101 Catherine Street

Harford, CT 06106

Tel. 860-695-2600

Grades: PK3-5 

The program follows Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) guidelines for an authentic implementation of the highly successful educational methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. The classrooms are mixed age groups: Primary (3-6+ years); Lower Elementary (6-9 years); and Upper Elementary (9-12 years). Children stay in their classroom environments for three to four years with the same guide (teacher).

The communities of children support one another socially, emotionally and academically. Each environment is specially prepared with materials and lessons that serve each developmental stage. Educators individually guide children to learn at their own pace; exploring and discovering based on their interests. Children emerge as independent, confident, compassionate, responsible members of society. The Montessori program is Education-for-Life.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Montessori Magnet School

Antonio Napoleone, Principal

1460 Broad Street

Hartford, CT 06106

Tel. 860-757-6111

Grades: PK3-6 

The Montessori Magnet School, operated by CREC, offers a traditional, public Montessori education as inspired by Dr. Maria Montessori. With its well-recognized early childhood and elementary program, the school's Montessori philosophy of individualizing instruction for all children attracts students from across Greater Hartford. Students' progress academically and socially through an integrated curriculum that combines the Montessori pedagogy with highly effective instructional strategies. Lessons that focus on interdisciplinary and global connections allow students to learn at their own pace, and expand their knowledge beyond the school environment and into the greater classroom—the world.

This unique approach to learning pairs high individual challenge with nurturing support. While each of the classrooms has a unique spirit, all are grounded by the core goals of concentration, coordination, independence and order.

Three-year-old students are phased in by receiving their own start date so the teacher is able to give full attention to that one child. Start dates can be any day in September, depending on the child's readiness.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Museum Academy

Shandra Brown, Principal

206 West Newbury Road

Bloomfield, CT 06002

Tel. 860-231-7800

Grades: PK3-K

The Museum Academy, operated by CREC, offers education outside the traditional learning environment. By opening up the worlds of history, visual arts, living museums, performances and exhibition, students have a forum to develop their own curiosity about the world in which they live.

The school's curriculum is based on the 5E Inquiry Model, which encourages students to engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate. This inquiry-based, liberal arts approach to learning encourages students to work together to research, create and present personal projects and exhibits to the school and community. With a focus on active learning, students explore and uncover each lesson to deepen meaning. Classroom and schoolwide projects transform the academy into a living museum, with grade-level students acting as guides for exhibitions in the exhibit hall.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Museum Academy

Shandra Brown, Principal

10 Targeting Center

Windsor, CT 06095

Tel. 860-231-7800

Grades: 1-5

The Museum Academy offers students in Grade 1-5 an education outside the traditional learning environment. By opening up the worlds of history, visual arts, living museums, performances and exhibition, students have the space to develop their own curiosity about the world in which we live.

Our curriculum is based on the 5E Inquiry Model, which encourages students to Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate, so they can become critical thinkers and active learners. The Academy is a community dedicated to fostering learning experiences for all students in a culturally diverse school community.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Nathan Hale Magnet Elementary School for Performing and Visual Arts

Carlos Leal, Principal

37 Beech Drive

New London, CT 06320

Tel. 860-447-6060

Grades: K-5 

Nathan Hale Magnet Elementary School for Performing & Visual Arts will infuse the New London Public School's curriculum with an emphasis and incorporation of Arts into other areas of study. Nathan Hale Magnet Elementary School for Performing & Visual Arts is dedicated to building a student body that experiences a curriculum in which the arts are deeply embedded within the core of interdisciplinary learning. Through the study of arts, students will be able to develop and apply personal and academic skills. The arts provide vast opportunities for students to discover their individual talents and to explore their world through a variety of lenses. The arts-based theme will provide all children the opportunity to develop poise and self-confidence.

For participating districts and transportation information, contact the school.

Noah Webster Micro-Society Magnet School

Jay Mihlko, Principal

5 Cone Street

Hartford, CT 06105

Tel. 860-695-5380

Grades: PK3-8

The Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet school is an innovative school design in which students from diverse backgrounds create a "miniature society"¯ within the school. Our students are all employed in ventures that encourage them to be productive and responsible citizens within our learning community.

Our school boasts student involvement in a newspaper, a Student Executive Board, Peacekeepers who enforce our mantra, museums, travel agencies and reading industries all directly tied to the Connecticut Common Core State Standards.

The school community is one in which the teachers, students, parents and community volunteers work together to build a "real world"¯ inside the school facility.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

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Reggio Magnet School of the Arts

Josephine DiPietro-Smith, Principal

59 Waterville Road

Avon, CT 06001

Tel. 860-674-8549

Grades: PK3-Grade 5 

Reggio Magnet School of the Arts, operated by CREC, inspires learning and pairs high challenge with loving support by implementing the values crafted by the Reggio Emilia philosophy from Italy. This project-based approach encourages children to guide the direction of their learning. In addition, it provides them the experience of learning through their senses and exploring their relationships with other children and material items in the world around them. Core Academic Classes are taught through a hands-on, arts-integrated approach.

Reggio Magnet School educators assess each child's level of development upon entering the school to design a customized program to ensure future success. Parents are involved in every aspect of the curriculum, as they continue their important role as their child's first teacher.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Regional Multicultural Magnet School

Paul Carolan, Principal

One Bulkeley Place

New London, CT 06320

Tel. 860-437-7775

Grades: K-5 

The Regional Multicultural Magnet School (RMMS) is an elementary (K-5) public school of choice located in New London. Its ethnically and socioeconomically diverse student body comes from 12 communities in southeastern Connecticut. The instructional program features a multicultural curriculum, emphasizes inquiry and provides hands-on learning experiences. As a Responsive Classroom school, RMMS values the social curriculum as much as the academic curriculum. Students are taught respect and learn to value diversity. All students receive instruction in speaking Spanish. In addition, about one-fifth of the student body is enrolled in the dual language (Spanish/English) immersion program.

For participating districts and transportation information, contact the school.

Riverside Magnet School at Goodwin College

Jasdeep Singh, Principal

29 Willowbrook Street

East Hartford, CT 06118

Tel. 860-709-6801

Grades: PK3-1

The Riverside Magnet School at Goodwin College provides young children with opportunities to engage in exciting curriculum while building their cognitive, social, language, creative and physical skills. Rooted in the Reggio-Emilia approach, the school immerses children in an interactive, developmental curriculum that keeps them actively engaged in their learning and helps them become reflective problem solvers. Parents, as their child's first teachers, are heavily involved in the curriculum and the program. The school has a uniquely designed learning environment, offering ongoing access to nature. Highly qualified early childhood teachers plan customized curriculum based on children's interests and needs, encouraging expression through many forms of art, media and language. Additional support is provided by Goodwin College staff and advanced students, who work regularly with the school as part of our laboratory school learning model.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

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Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts

Kenneth O'Brien, Principal

65 Van Block Avenue

Hartford, CT 06106

Tel. 860-695-4140

Grades: PK-11 

KMSPA is focused on matching individual student progress, assessment and achievement with high academic expectations. The philosophy of the school integrates the core elements of education: reading, writing, math and science, with exposure to various cultures and the arts. This integration allows each child to develop knowledge socially, linguistically and cognitively through a broad variety of hands-on experiences.

Students have the opportunity to play a musical instrument, create through stagecraft arts, and experiment with drama, dance, and movement. The process fosters student problem-solving and critical thinking skills, encouraging individual learning so that students are able to arrive at conclusions independently.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

Rogers International School

Cathleen Cummings, Principal

202 Blachley Road

Stamford, CT 06902

Tel. 203-977-4560

Grades: K-8 

Rogers International School in Stamford opened its doors in September 2009 to kindergarten through Grade 6 students. The school is open to students in districts in lower Fairfield County through an application and lottery selection process. To accommodate the daycare needs of its students and their commuting parents, the school will have an elective "six (a.m.) to six (p.m.)"¯ component so children will be cared for by the same staff members who will provide their instruction during the school day. The instructional program integrates the International Baccalaureate Program philosophy, with an environmental focus throughout all grades.

The Learners' Profile of the International Baccalaureate Program are inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, well-balanced and reflective. Students will read, write and apply scientific and mathematical procedures while conducting meaningful research and investigations. Spanish language instruction also will be provided in all classes, kindergarten through Grade 6. The Rogers International School is scheduled to grow into Grades 7 and 8 in subsequent years.

For participating districts and transportation information, contact the school.

Ross-Woodward Classical Studies Interdistrict Magnet

Cheryl Brown, Principal

185 Barnes Avenue

New Haven, CT 06513

Tel. 203-691-3100

Grades: PK-8 

Ross-Woodward Interdistrict Classical Studies is a magnet school in partnership with 29 school districts. The school places an emphasis on the classical, liberal arts tradition of educating the whole child. Ross-Woodward Magnet School of Classical Studies supports a rigorous classical curriculum. Students engage in studies of great works over time. The school's goal is to graduate students who possess knowledge and understanding of world history and the lessons history provides for determining the future. Ross-Woodward Magnet School of Classical Studies serves as a bridge between the past, present and future.

For participating districts and transportation, visit the New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Web site.

Rotella Interdistrict Magnet School

Robin Henry, Principal

380 Pierpont Road

Waterbury, CT 06705

Tel. 203-574-8168

Grades: PK-5 

Rotella Magnet School has been named a 2009 Magnet School of Excellence by the Magnet Schools of America (MSA). In 2007, our school was awarded the Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award by MSA. This is the top award for magnet schools in the nation. Rotella was eligible after being named a Magnet School of Excellence by MSA. This is the top category of awards given. It is based on a commitment to high academic standards, curriculum innovation, successful desegregation/diversity efforts and the consistent delivery of quality services to all stakeholders. All students in Grades PK-5 are provided with a challenging academic program integrated with the fine arts. Children are inspired to reach beyond the parameters of a traditional public school education and embrace the world community through the universal language of artistic expression. The Rotella after-school and summer programs incorporate both academic and arts-enrichment components.

For participating districts and transportation information, contact the school.

Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School (A program of Cooperative Educational Services)

Anna Nelmes-Stoughton, Principal

601 Pearl Harbor Street

Bridgeport, CT 06610

Tel. 203-365-8203

Grades: PK-8 

Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School, which includes the Thurgood Marshall Middle School for Social Justice, is a unique educational setting where high academic standards facilitate the development of lifelong learners, problem solvers, and independent thinkers. Our preschool through eighth-grade school has evolved into a science, math, and technology magnet school through the 2007 U.S. Department of Education Magnet Schools Assistance Project Grant. All students in K-8 participate in inquiry-based science activities through partnerships with the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Discovery Museum, Eli Whitney Museum, NASA, and The Jason Project. Students do scientific research with educators from both facilities in order to improve their science literacy and understanding of the world around them. Technology is integrated throughout the school through the use of laptop computer labs and SmartBoard technology.

For participating districts and transportation information, visit CES transportation services.

University of Hartford Magnet School

Tim Barber, Principal

196 Bloomfield Avenue

West Hartford, CT 06117

Tel. 860-236-2899

Grades: PK3-5 

The University High School of Science and Engineering, located on the University of Hartford campus, features a unique partnership with the university. The school maintains a rigorous, interdisciplinary curriculum with a foundation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The curriculum has an early college theme so all students are college ready as soon as possible. The school encourages personal growth, integrity, team building and community service so students become strong contributing members of the local community and the global technological society. The school prepares graduates to pursue further education and careers in a range of scientific, engineering, and technology fields.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

West Rock Author's Academy

Rosalyn Bannon, Principal

311 Valley Street

New Haven, CT 06515

Tel. 203-946-7761

Grades: PK-8 

West Rock Author's Academy (formerly Microsociety Magnet School) involves all students, kindergarten through Grade 8, in real-world learning experiences. In our community,¯ our citizens create a microcosm of society within the school where real-world learning is aligned with the district's standards-based curriculum. The MicroSociety program enhances community involvement, builds self-esteem and motivation, and develops character. Students have direct experiences involving the economy, the judicial system, managing businesses and serving in public agencies. The entire school engages in the development of microsociety business ventures and agencies.

For participating districts and transportation, visit the New Haven Interdistrict Magnet Schools Web site.

Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies

Helena Nitowski, Principal

201 University Blvd.

Danbury, CT 06810

Tel. 203-778-7462

Grades: K-5 

The Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies Elementary Magnet School is a school of global studies. It is located in a new, state-of-the-art facility in Danbury, adjacent to the campus of Western Connecticut State University. The school provides students with a unique, global perspective of the environment, the arts, communication, oral histories, peacemaking and peacekeeping. This magnet school offers a full, comprehensive elementary school curriculum that emphasizes high academic standards. Students have access to the latest instructional technologies and are exposed to the Spanish language and cultures. In addition to its four partnering school systems, Western Connecticut Academy of International Studies Elementary Magnet School will have alliances through Western Connecticut State University, Smithsonian Institution and the Jane Goodall Institute, providing students with a rich variety of experiences specifically designed for young learners.

For participating districts and transportation information, contact the school.

Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School (an ACES School)

Suzanne Duran-Crelin, Principal

670 Wintergreen Avenue

Hamden, CT 06514

Tel. 203-281-9668

Grades: K-8 

The Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School, administered by Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), offers a comprehensive liberal arts education with featured learning opportunities in the content areas as well as world languages (Spanish), visual and performing arts, and health and physical fitness. This program uses a variety of teaching methods and instructional strategies that respond to different learning styles, including the integration of technology. Students in select grades receive laptops as part of ACES one-to-one initiative. In addition to enhancing the curriculum through the infusion of multicultural studies, major instructional approaches include project-based experiential learning, cooperative learning, community service and independent explorations. The Wintergreen community is dedicated to nurturing individual strengths by dignifying diversity, encouraging model citizenship and creating lifelong learners.

For participating districts and transportation information, visit CES transportation services.

Winthrop Elementary Magnet School STEM

Michele Han, Principal

74 Grove Street

New London, CT 06320

Tel. 860-447-6070

Grades: PK-5 

Winthrop School is committed to providing students with a rigorous education, meeting the needs of each student and preparing them to be independent, lifelong learners through exploration in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Winthrop School seeks to provide a stimulating and positive learning environment that will encourage the student to reach his/her maximum potential. Our goal is to work with our exceptional staff to ensure that all students are challenged to achieve at high levels. This can be accomplished by providing high-quality classroom instruction that is differentiated to meet individual student needs, with a learning environment that is both safe and fun.

For participating districts and transportation information, contact the school.

Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School

Lisa Eells, Principal

44 Brown Street

Bloomfield, CT 06002

Tel. 860-769-5510

Grades: PK-K 

Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School is a program designed to meet the needs of young learners. Our school has a partnership with Auerfarm and this enables us to focus on science and inquiry with our students. We work to develop the character of young children and create a sense of wonder about their environment, culture and world. We foster the growth of our caring community of learners through strong relationships with children and families. By providing developmentally appropriate experiences based on theory and research, we address the needs of the whole child and prepare them to be lifelong learners.

For participating districts, contact the school for an updated list. For transportation information, visit the RSCO Web site.

 




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