Connecticut Parent Magazine strives to provide the best education
options for parents, as well as cover the issues that are affecting
our children in the classroom. Articles cover topics across the
spectrum, including educational philosophies, how to improve study
habits and dealing with a learning disability. One of our most
valuable features is our monthly focus on Independent Schools in
Connecticut. This culminates with our annual Education Resource
Guide, which showcases independent elementary and secondary schools.
Below is a selection of outstanding independent & magnet schools
throughout Connecticut, divided by region. For your convenience, the
name of each school is linked directly to their website.
16 Trowbridge Drive, Bethel, CT 06801
Acton Academy focuses learners around a search for their life's calling, teaching content through online game-based tools, socratic discussion and deep-dive, project-based learning quests.
EASTON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
660 Morehouse Road, Easton, CT 06612
ECDS, grades PreK-12, offers rigorous academics shaped to the individual, in an environment that encourages accomplishment, responsibility and kindness. Our high school allows students to proceed at their own pace, and participate in creating their own curriculum.
FRASER WOODS MONTESSORI SCHOOL
173 S. Main St. (Rte. 25), Newtown, CT 06470
15 months-8th grade. Mixed age classrooms. Challenging, individualized curriculum cultivates respect, responsibility, values, confidence and lifelong love of learning. FT/PT, before/after school, summer program. Founded in 1968 as Newtown Montessori School.
GREENS FARMS ACADEMY
35 Beachside Ave., Westport, CT 06880
A coed, independent day school in Westport, serving grades PreK-12. At GFA, we believe education can be joyful. We invite our students to think big, question often and stay grounded in our core values of passion, integrity, empathy, curiosity and excellence.
HOUSATONIC VALLEY WALDORF SCHOOL
40 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown, CT 06470
We cherish childhood rather than rush it. In preschool and kindergarten, children learn through imaginative play, art and practical activities. In grades one to eight, academics are taught artistically, generating joy and inspiring creative thinking.
1450 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905
Engaged Minds. Meaningful Connections. Be inspired in a community that unites academic challenge, kindness and personal growth. PreK-Gr. 12, coed, day school serving 30 towns. Join us on Tuesdays at 9:45 a.m. for coffee & conversation followed by a campus tour.
THE LONG RIDGE SCHOOL
478 Erskine Road, Stamford, CT 06903
The Long Ridge School provides a joyful learning experience for 2-year-olds through Grade 5. Classes in theme-based studies focus on literature, math, art, nature and science, including classes in music, technology, physical education and Spanish.
223 West Mountain Road, Ridgefield, CT 06877
(203) 894-1800 x112
Ridgefield Academy offers a school culture immersed in strong values, an exceptional academic program with small classes, and close partnerships between students, parents, and teachers. RA helps children become thoughtful, independent, and confident learners and leaders.
ST JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL
2320 Huntington Turnpike, Trumbull, CT 06611
St Joseph High School is an independent, Catholic college preparatory community that educates and motivates young men and women to live purposeful lives as ethical leaders committed to the common good of all.
969 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06831
Montessori (early years)/International Baccalaureate school for students 18 months-Grade 8. Whitby inspires a passion for learning and empowers each child to take responsibility as an open-minded, principled citizen in a global community.
WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL
57 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT 06851
An innovative day school for students in the 4th through 12th grades with learning differences such as dyslexia, nonverbal learning disabilities and executive functioning difficulties. To attend an Open House, visit www.winstonprep.edu/apply-now.
91 Miry Brook Road, Danbury, CT 06810
Wooster School: where learning is personal, meaningful, and visible. Wooster School is a K through 12th grade co-educational college preparatory, independent day school. Our 127-acre campus is located on the Ridgefield/Danbury line.
16 Trowbridge Drive, Bethel, CT 06801
Come and see the future of education in action. Join an inspired community of parents co-creating the most engaging customized education experiences for their children in conjunction with an expert EDteam.
BEN BRONZ ACADEMY
11 Wampanoag Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117
For bright dyslexic or learning disabled children, grades 2-12. Students become competent problem-solvers, effective communicators and independent learners. Our goal is to return students to public and private schools in their own communities quickly.
FARMINGTON VALLEY ACADEMY MONTESSORI
150 Fisher Drive, Avon, CT 06001
Educating children 15 months through 8th grade. 21st century Montessori education that prepares each child to work to their full potential, while simultaneously preserving in each student self confidence, independence and a lifelong love of learning.
GOODWIN COLLEGE MAGNET SCHOOLS
Connecticut River Academy:
9 Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118
Riverside Magnet School:
29 Willowbrook Road, East Hartford, CT 06118
The Connecticut River Academy (CTRA), grades 9-12, focuses on environmental science and advanced manufacturing. Riverside Magnet School (RMS), pre-K-grade 5, offers an exciting curriculum inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach to education.
TALCOTT MOUNTAIN ACADEMY
324 Montevideo Drive, Avon, CT 06001
CT's premier independent school for gifted & talented in grades K-8. Talcott Mountain is a unique learning community with a robust, fully-integrated curriculum that fosters students' intellectual and creative talents. We empower students to invent their future.
Greater New Haven
ATLAS MIDDLE SCHOOL AT NEIGHBORHOOD MUSIC SCHOOL
100 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510
A NEW middle school for grades 7-8 at NMS opening Fall 2019. Using the theatrical process to explore essential academic subjects and experiential, arts-based learning, students become independent thinkers and enjoy social-emotional development.
CHASE COLLEGIATE SCHOOL
565 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708
Chase integrates innovation and design thinking into an educational experience. Design labs and Innovation classes enable all students, PreK-grade 12, "to create viable solutions to real world problems, making their learning relevant!"
COLD SPRING SCHOOL
263 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06513
Educating creative, self-confident thinkers, grades preschool-6. Innovative learning environment is responsive to children's natural love of learning, their need to achieve strong academic skills and become part of a socially committed community.
CONNECTICUT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING CENTER (CELC) MIDDLE SCHOOL
28 School Street, Branford, CT 06405
Experientially-based education fully engages students through innovative opportunities in and out of the classroom. Authentic new learning is supported each day, serving as a bridge to give academic and developmental needs a place to emerge, grow and flourish.
HAMDEN HALL COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL
1108 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517
A PreSchool through Grade 12 day school that fosters the individual growth of every student. The Hamden Hall Experience starts with academic excellence as enhanced by our dynamic learning environment and nurtured by our esteemed faculty.
ST. THOMAS'S DAY SCHOOL
830 Whitney Ave., New Haven, CT 06511
A K-6 independent day school that combines academic excellence with a strong sense of community. St. Thomas's motivates students of diverse faiths and backgrounds to become independent thinkers who appreciate, serve and understand others.
THE INDEPENDENT DAY SCHOOL
115 Laurel Brook Rd., Middlefield, CT 06455
Robust academics, personalized instruction and an emphasis on Fearless Learning come into confluence to create an environment where curiosity thrives, creativity abounds and anything is possible. The Independent Day School -- education as it should be.
STEWARD OUTDOOR SCHOOL
253 Bushy Hill Road, Ivoryton, CT 06442
A 6th-9th grade semester school focused on environmental science, ethics and outdoor education on 740 acres in coastal CT. Four weeks of outdoor adventure expeditions each semester, intentional community, and highly-engaging experiential academics.
New London County
THE WILLIAMS SCHOOL
182 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320
A college prep school for 235 students in grades 6-12, located on the Conn. College campus. Challenging academics, highly skilled educators and numerous co-curricular opportunities, students discover and thrive upon their individual strengths. Financial aid and transportation available.
528 Pomfret Street, P.O. Box 68, Pomfret, CT 06258
An independent, coed, junior boarding (grades 5-9) and day school (early childhood-grade 9). Our approach is to ensure all students are understood, challenged and encouraged -- academically, personally and socially. Academic skills plus confidence prepare students for life.