Featured Schools and Programs
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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 Schools. You’ll see what make each of these schools so unique!
Academy of Aerospace and Engineering (6 to 12)
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.
Connecticut IB Academy (9 to 12)
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School—Full Day (9 to 12)
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.
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts High School—Half Day (9 to 12)
Sport and Medical Sciences Academy (6 to 12)
Sports & Medical
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!
Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary School (PK3 to 5)
Breakthrough Magnet School, North (PK3 to 5)
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.
Environmental Sciences Magnet at Hooker School (PK4 to 8)
International Magnet School for Global Citizenship (PK3 to 5)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Montessori Magnet at Batchelder School (PK3 to 6)
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.
University of Hartford Magnet School (PK3 to 5)
Wintonbury Early Childhood Magnet School (PK3 & PK4)
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, T = Technology, E = 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.
Academy of Aerospace and Engineering Elementary (PK3 to 5)
Betances STEM Magnet School (5 to 8)
STEM Plus classes, LEGO® robotics, and coding enhance the traditional curriculum
Discovery Academy (PK3 to 5)
Glastonbury/East Hartford Magnet School (PK3 to 5)
Hartford PreKindergarten Magnet School (PK3 and PK4)
Students are actively engaged, developing the necessary social and academic skills to be prepare them for smooth transition into kindergarten.
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!
Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin University (6 to 12)
Early College, Advanced Manufacturing and Environmental Studies
Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (6 to 12)
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design (9 to 12)
University High School of Science and Engineering (9 to 12)
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!
Age requirements for incoming pre-kindergarten students:
- PRE-K Age 3: Child was born between September 1, 2017 and December 31, 2018; or
- PRE-K Age 4: Child was born between September 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017.
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!
Academy of Science and Innovation (6 to 12)
Global Experience Magnet School (6 to 12)
Global Studies and World Travel
Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts Magnet Middle (6 to 8)
Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts (PK4 to 12)
Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Studies (6 to 12)
Montessori Magnet at Fisher School (PK3 to 8)
Webster Micro Society Magnet School (PK3 to 8)
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!
Montessori Magnet School (CREC) (PK3 to 6)
Museum Academy (PK3 to 5)
Reggio Magnet School of the Arts (PK3 to 5)
Riverside Magnet School at Goodwin University (PK3 to 5)
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.
Open Choice Presentation for Hartford Resident Students
Hartford Residents in Zone 1 – Canton School District
Hartford Residents in Zone 1 – Granby School District
Hartford Residents in Zone 2 – Coventry School District
Hartford Residents in Zone 2 – Ellington School District
Hartford Residents in Zone 2 – Enfield School District
Hartford Residents in Zone 2 – Tolland School District
Hartford Residents in Zone 4 – Portland School District
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.
Dwight-Bellizzi Dual Language Academy (K to 8)
Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School (K to 5)
Students participate in a project-based, hands-on approach to learning that encourages them to effect positive change in their community.
Global Communications Academy (K to 8)
Students who are empowered to create a better and more peaceful, just world
Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy (4 to 8)
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!
CTECS (9 to 12)
Capital Preparatory Magnet School (PK3 to 12)
Civic Leadership High School (9 to 12)
Classical Magnet School (6 to 12)
Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin University (6 to 12)