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Education Resources

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. 

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By County

Fairfield County

 

Easton Country Day School

660 Morehouse Road, Easton, CT 06612
www.EastonCountryDay.org
203-268-5530
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 Montessor School

173 S. Main St. (Rte. 25), Newtown, CT 06470
www.fraserwoods.com
203-426-3390
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.

Housatonic Valley Waldorf School

40 Dodgingtown Road, Newtown, CT 06470
www.waldorfct.org
203-364-1113
We provide a lasting education that cultivates resilient and creative human beings who are capable of free thinking, confident action and deep connections with others and the world.  PreK through 8th grade.

King School

1450 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905
www.kingschoolct.org
203-322-3496
King School opens minds and sparks courageous thinking.  Students cultivate the insights and heart to own their future.  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
www.longridgeschool.org
203-322-7693
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.

Ridgefield Academy

223 West Mountain Road, Ridgefield, CT  06877
(203) 894-1800 x112
www.ridgefieldacademy.org
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
www.sjcadets.org
203-378-9378
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.

Whitby School

969 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06831
www.whitbyschool.org
203-302-3900
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
www.winstonprep.edu
203-229-0465
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.

Wooster School

91 Miry Brook Road, Danbury, CT 06810
www.woosterschool.org
203-830-3916
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.

Greater Hartford

 

Ben Bronz Academy

11 Wampanoag Drive, West Hartford, CT 06117
www.benbronzacademy.org
860-236-5807
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
www.fvamontessori.org
860-677-2403
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
www.goodwin.edu/magnetschools
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
www.talcottacademy.org
860-677-0035
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

 

Chase Collegiate School

565 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708
www.chasecollegiate.org
203-236-9560

With a rolling admissions process and a welcoming artistic, athletic and innovative environment, Chase is Always Accepting. Chase educates future graduates from PreK through Grade 12, with a curriculum that supports courage, confidence and compassion.

Cold Spring School

263 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06513
www.coldspringschool.org
203-787-1584
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
www.ctexperiential.org
203-433-4658
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
www.hamdenhall.org
203-752-2610
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
www.stthomasday.org
203-776-2123
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.

Middlesex County

 

The Independent Day School

115 Laurel Brook Rd., Middlefield, CT 06455
www.independentdayschool.org
860-347-7235
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
(860) 767-0848
www.stewardoutdoorschool.org
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
www.williamsschool.org
860-443-5333
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.

Windham County

 

Rectory School

528 Pomfret Street, P.O. Box 68, Pomfret, CT 06258
www.rectoryschool.org/ctparent
860-928-1328
An independent, coed, junior boarding (grades 5-9) and day school (early childhood-grade 9). Understanding your child is Rectory’s highest priority and greatest strength. Students build academic skills, learn self-advocacy, and gain the confidence to prepare them for life.