The Greenwich Board of Education has opened four magnet elementary schools and one magnet middle school that accept students through an application process. The magnet school program is designed to serve three purposes:
- To advance and enhance student achievement by providing parents and students with educational options. Each magnet school offers a range of distinct education programs. Some emphasize particular academic subjects, while others use specific instructional approaches. Parents are encouraged to apply to those schools that they believe best meet the needs and interests of their children.
- To support the racial, ethnic, and economic diversity of all of the district's schools while complying to racial balance requirements established by the Connecticut legislature and the State Board of Education; and,
- To optimize the use of school facilities by balancing the distribution of students among elementary schools.
HAMILTON AVENUE SCHOOL (HAS) - Preschool-5: HAS transitioned its magnet program to the District's first Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) school, beginning in 2015-2016. STEM education can ignite interest and develop the skills and knowledge that prepares students for expanding career opportunities. As a Phase I Digital Learning Environment school, with an existing science lab and television studio, HAS is well positioned to launch the STEM theme. Offering a magnet program in a state-of-the-art building, new in 2009. HAS will also continue to provide preschool classes, World Language instruction (Spanish) in grades K-5, Suzuki violin instruction in PreK-5, and smaller class sizes in grades K-1. Students began to experience inquiry-based instruction in 2015-2016, year one of a multi-year implementation plan, with the expectation that teachers will be fully trained and proficient in delivering STEM/inquiry-based instruction by 2017-2018.
HAS Open House:
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 - 9:00 AM (Snow Date: Friday, January 15, 2015 - 9:00 AM)
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 7:00 PM (Snow Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:00 PM)
The International School at DundeE (ISD) - K-5: ISD is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School and the District's first magnet school, opening in September 2000.
ISD Open House:
Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 9:15 AM (Snow Date: Friday, January 22, 2016 - 9:15 AM)
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 7:00 PM (Snow Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 7:00 PM)
Julian Curtiss SchooL (JCS) - k-5: JCS is a magnet school of World Languages since 2003; students attending represent 60 Countries, and 30 Languages, in 1 Great School. JCS offers the choice of learning either Spanish or French in grades K-5.
JCS Open House:
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 7:00 PM (Snow Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM)
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 9:15 AM (Snow Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 9:15 AM)
New Lebanon SchooL (NLS) - K-5: NLS is an authorized International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme School and has been a magnet school since 2009.
NLS Open House:
Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM (Snow Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM)
Friday, January 15, 2016 - 8:30 AM (Snow Date: Friday, January 29, 2016 - 8:30 AM)
WESTERN MIDDLE SCHOOL (WMS) - 6-8: WMS re-opened as a magnet school in 2013 as an authorized International Baccalaureate World School offering the Middle Years Programme.
WMS Open House:
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 9:00 AM (Snow Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 9:00 AM)
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM (Snow Date: Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:00 PM)
The application process begins in January of each year for enrollment in the following school year. If there are more applicants than seats available a lottery will be held. Applications are available via the link below (posted in December), at the main office of each school, or by contacting the district magnet school office (625-7421) or the magnet schools directly.