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Middle and High Magnets Schools!

Starting today, we are featuring some of our fantastic middle and high school magnet schools that begin enrolling students starting at 6th or 9th grades. We are accepting applications for all grade levels, not just entry level grades!

This is only a sample of the two dozen amazing middle and high school magnet schools that are accepting applications. Keep looking on this page for more schools or Search all Middle and High School Magnet SchoolsYou’ll see what make each of these schools so unique!

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Aerospace provides students with unique opportunities to study aerospace, engineering, biomedicine, advanced mathematics, and the sciences to prepare them for success in the 21st century marketplace. Students experience the curriculum through high-quality, hands-on programming and receive the support and guidance for their future through an incredible mentoring program involving local engineering and medical companies.

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GHAA provides an arts-integrated, college-preparatory high school program where art courses are taught by professional artists. Students receive the full range of core courses while combining a variety of arts courses throughout their day. With the skills and training students develop at GHAA, students are able to pursue college and professional careers in music, media production, graphic design, creative writing, theater, dance, and movement.

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At SMSA, students prepare for college by earning tuition-free college credits while still in high school through the College Board and UCONN. Students receive a rigorous foundation in Science, Language Arts, and Mathematics, while the sports and medicine theme is applied within the core curriculum through hands-on, experiential learning. Students have access to incredible opportunities for advanced study and career exploration in sports and medicine through unique job shadowing and internship options.


Elementary Magnets Schools – Take 2!

Once again, we are featuring more of our incredible elementary magnet schools that begin enrolling students starting as early as PK3 (age 3). We are accepting applications for all grade levels, not just entry level grades!

Learn more about these diverse and inclusive schools where students learn, grow and develop into lifelong learners! This is only a sample of the nearly two dozen amazing elementary age magnet schools that you may apply to. Keep looking on this page for more schools or Search all Elementary Magnet Schools. You’ll see what make each of these schools so unique!

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At Breakthrough North, character development permeates all aspects of the curriculum, empowering students to be the authors of their own lives and develop their problem-solving skills to make responsible choices. The school provides students with academic rigor, aesthetic appreciation, technological expertise, and physical expressiveness aimed at contributing to others. Students gain knowledge, utilize higher order thinking, exercise the mind and body and value learning.

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Montessori Magnet follows the highly successful educational methods of Dr. Maria Montessori. Classrooms are mixed-age groups serving specific developmental stages. Communities of children support one another socially, emotionally and academically and educators guide students to learn at their own paces, exploring and discovering based on their interests. Children learn through hands-on work. The curriculum Integrates art, music, and physical education in student’s daily routine.

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State-of-the-art facility designed specifically for young children. Wintonbury has a science and inquiry theme and collaborates closely with the 4-H Education Center at Auer Farm to link agriculture with children’s discovery and learning.


Kids Grow with STEM (PK3 to 8)

What is STEM? Let’s break it down for you, STEM stands for S = Science, = Technology, = Engineering, and M = Mathematics and is a part of our everyday lives. Students with a STEM-based education develop, practice and excel with 21st Century skills of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication. Plus, STEM makes learning approachable for kids with hands-on math and science lessons and engages them with real-world problem solving! These are our PK3 through 8th STEM magnet school options. Visit our SEARCH page for more STEM school options.

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STEM Plus classes, LEGO® robotics, and coding enhance the traditional curriculum

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Students are actively engaged, developing the necessary social and academic skills to be prepare them for smooth transition into kindergarten.

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Students select from STEM+ courses, including LEGO® Robotics, forensics, rocketry, computer coding and much more!

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College Campus Connection

Start your child’s future at one our magnet schools for middle school and high school age students located on a college campus. Students learn in the college community and access the advantages of earning college credits, preparing for college while in high school, participating in internships, and building relationships with business and industry partners that help prepare them for their future!

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Pre-K Potential!

Attention Hartford and suburban families interested in prekindergarten opportunities. We have nearly two dozen Magnet Schools in the Greater Hartford Region that are accepting applications for Pre-K age 3 and Pre-K age 4 students. Students learn, play, and interact with other children 5-days a week through hands-on learning designed specifically for their age group!

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Mix of Magnet Schools

This week we are featuring a Mix of Magnet Schools! This is a small sampling of the 40 different magnet schools that families may apply to in the Greater Hartford Region.  Magnet schools offer distinctive themes, smaller classroom size, and grade levels ranging from PK3 through 12th grade.  One of these schools may be a perfect fit for your child!

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Elementary Magnet Schools

This week we are featuring some of our incredible elementary magnet schools that begin enrolling students starting as early as PK3 (age 3). We are accepting applications for all grade levels, not just entry level grades!
Learn more about these diverse and inclusive schools where students learn, grow and develop into lifelong learners! This is only a sample of the many amazing elementary age magnet schools that you may apply to. Search all Elementary Magnet Schools and you can see what make each of these schools so unique!

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Open Choice Programs

This week we are featuring our Open Choice Program that offers high quality academic programming in culturally diverse and enriching school communities. Through Open Choice, Harford resident students attend nearby suburban towns and suburban students attend participating Hartford public schools.

Open Choice for Hartford Resident Students (PK4 to 10)

Attention Hartford families with children entering Pre-Kindergarten Age 4 through Grade 10!

The Open Choice Program is a free program that allows Hartford-resident students to access high-quality academic programming outside of their home district while learning in culturally diverse and enriching school communities. Students learn and play alongside students from a school district outside of Hartford to enrich their learning experience and prepare them for future success in college and beyond.

Watch the videos to learn more about the Open Choice Program and explore a sampling of the participating school districts. Search a full list of participating open choice districts and sort by your residential zone.

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Open Choice for Suburban Resident Students (K to 8)

Attention suburban families with children entering Kindergarten through Grade 8. Check out the special programming available to your child at one of four unique Hartford schools through the Open Choice Program.

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Students participate in a project-based, hands-on approach to learning that encourages them to effect positive change in their community.

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Students who are empowered to create a better and more peaceful, just world

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Provides a broad range of advanced-level enrichment experiences for all students


College and Career Readiness Schools

This is sample of the college and career readiness schools. Search schools and programs to explore all your options!

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