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Hartford Public Schools (Connecticut)

Hartford Public Schools (HPS) is a school district serving the city of Hartford, Connecticut. Hartford Public Schools is the largest public school district in Connecticut, serving 46 magnet and non-magnet schools in the district. The graduation rate for Hartford public schools in 2016–2017 was 68.8%, lower than the state average of 87.9%.[3]

Hartford Public Schools
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Hartford, Connecticut
United States
District information
TypePublic
GradesPK-12
SuperintendentDr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez [1]
Schools46 (26 non-magnet, 20 magnet)
Budget$423,189,594 [2]
NCES District ID0901920
Students and staff
Students20,000+ [2]
Staff3,000+
Other information
Websitewww.hartfordschools.org

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HistoryEdit

Hartford Public High School, the second oldest public high school in the United States, was founded by Rev. Thomas Hooker in the 17th century as a school that would prepare men for Puritan ministry.[4] Hartford Public High School was funded in large part by the will of Governor Edward Hopkins in 1657.[5] Hartford Public High School, as it is known now, was officially opened in 1847.[5] Bulkeley High, Capital Prep, and Weaver High School were a few of the many high schools that were opened in Hartford in the early 20th century. Due to the advent of war during the early 20th century, Hartford's population boomed which led to the opening of many public high schools during the mid-century.[6]

The Sheff v. O'Neill Connecticut Supreme Court decision in 1996 concluded that school districting based on town boundary lines was unconstitutional and led to a large disparity in racial and ethnic minorities in Hartford Public High Schools.[7] In 1997, state legislature passed An Act Enhancing Educational Choices and Opportunities,[8] which created inter-district magnet schools to preserve equal educational opportunity with racial and ethnic balance in Hartford. The magnet school program in Hartford has grown to include 20 magnet schools in the county, which can be attended by students across the state of Connecticut.

LeadershipEdit

List of past superintendentsEdit

  • Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez (2017–Current)
  • Beth Schiavino-Narvaez (2014–2016)
  • Christina Kishimoto (2011–2014)
  • Dr. Steven J. Adamowski (2006–2011)
  • Robert Henry (2002–2006)
  • Anthony S. Amato (1999–2002)

SchoolsEdit

School Name Education Level School Type Grades Offered Operator
Achievement First Hartford Academy Elementary Elementary Schools District Partnership K-4 Achievement First
Achievement First Hartford Academy Middle Middle & High Schools District Partnership 5–8 Achievement First
Achievement First Hartford High Academy Middle & High Schools District Partnership 9–12 Achievement First
Achievement First Summit Middle Middle & High Schools District Partnership 5–8 Achievement First
Alfred E. Burr Elementary Elementary Schools District PK4-8 Hartford Public Schools
Asian Studies Academy at Bellizzi Elementary Schools District PK4-8 Hartford Public Schools
Betances STEM Magnet Elementary Schools Magnet 5–8 Hartford Public Schools
Breakthrough Magnet School, North Elementary Schools Magnet PK3-6 Hartford Public Schools
Breakthrough Magnet School, South Elementary Schools Magnet PK3-8 Hartford Public Schools
Bulkeley High Middle & High Schools District 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
Burns Latino Studies Academy Elementary Schools District PK4-8 Hartford Public Schools
Capital Preparatory Magnet PK-12 Schools Magnet PK3-12 Hartford Public Schools
Classical Magnet Middle & High Schools Magnet 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
Culinary Arts Academy Middle & High Schools District 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
Dr. James H Naylor/CCSU Leadership Academy Elementary Schools District PK3-8 Hartford Public Schools
Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy Other Options & Opportunities District 4–8 Hartford Public Schools
Dr. Michael D. Fox School Elementary Schools District PK4-8 Hartford Public Schools
E. B. Kennelly School Elementary Schools District PK4-8 Hartford Public Schools
Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker Elementary Schools Magnet PK4-8 Hartford Public Schools
Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School Elementary Schools District Open Choice PK4-5 Hartford Public Schools
Global Communications Academy PK-12 Schools District Open Choice K-12 Hartford Public Schools
Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College Middle & High Schools Magnet 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy Middle & High Schools Magnet 6–12 Hartford Public Schools
Hartford Pre-K Magnet Elementary Schools Magnet PK3-PK4 Hartford Public Schools
High School, Inc: Hartford's Insurance & Finance Academy Middle & High Schools Magnet 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
HPHS Academy of Engineering & Green Technology Middle & High Schools District Open Choice 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
HPHS Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences Middle & High Schools District Open Choice 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
HPHS Law & Government Academy Middle & High Schools District Open Choice 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
Journalism & Media Academy Middle & High Schools District Open Choice 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
Maria C. Colon Sanchez Elementary Elementary Schools District PK4-5 Hartford Public Schools
Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School Elementary Schools District 6-8 Hartford Public Schools
McDonough Middle School Middle & High Schools District 6–8 Hartford Public Schools
Montessori Magnet Moylan Elementary Schools Magnet PK3-6 Hartford Public Schools
Montessori Magnet School at Annie Fisher Elementary Schools Magnet PK3-8 Hartford Public Schools
Museum Academy at Wish Elementary Schools District PK4-8 Hartford Public Schools
Noah Webster MicroSociety Magnet Elementary Schools Magnet PK3-8 Hartford Public Schools
OPPortunity High School Other Options & Opportunities District Partnership 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
Parkville Community School Elementary Schools District PK4-5 Hartford Public Schools
Pathways Academy of Technology and Design Middle & High Schools Magnet 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
R.J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts PK-12 Schools Magnet PK4-12 Hartford Public Schools
Ramon E. Betances Early Reading Lab Elementary Schools Magnet PK4-3 Hartford Public Schools
S.A.N.D. School Elementary Schools District K-8 Hartford Public Schools
Sarah J. Rawson Elementary Elementary Schools District PK4-8 Hartford Public Schools
(STEM) Magnet School at Annie Fisher Elementary Schools Magnet K-8 Hartford Public Schools
Sport and Medical Sciences Academy Middle & High Schools Magnet 6–12 Hartford Public Schools
Thurman Milner School Elementary Schools District PK4-8 Hartford Public Schools
University High School of Science and Engineering Middle and High Schools Magnet 9–12 Hartford Public Schools
West Middle Elementary Schools District K-8 Hartford Public Schools

DemographicsEdit

Over 20,000 students attend Hartford public schools. 76% of students are Hartford residents, while 24% are residents from 78 other Connecticut towns.[9] In the 2018–2019 school year, non-magnet Hartford public school students were 30% African-American, 64% Hispanic, 3% White, 2% Asian, and 1% other populations. Magnet Hartford public schools were 31% African-American, 38% Hispanic, 20% White, 7% Asian, and 4% other populations.[9]

In 2018–2019, 97 languages were spoken by Hartford public school students. Out of the 97 languages, 58% spoke English, 33% spoke Spanish, 1% spoke Serbo-Croatian, 1% spoke Karen, 1% spoke Portuguese, and 6% of students spoke 92 other languages.[9]

Out of the 2018–2019 student population, 18% of students were special education students. 66% of special education students were male while 34% were female. 72% of specially educated students were enrolled in non-magnet schools, 7% were in magnet schools, 9% were in 19 in-district programs, and 12% were in 61 outplacement programs.[9]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools". Hartfordschools.org. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  2. ^ a b "Superintendent's Budget Workshop". Hartfordschools.org. 2019-05-07.
  3. ^ Courant, Hartford. "High School Graduation Rate Hits New Record, How Did Your District Do?". courant.com. Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  4. ^ Forray, Zack. "A Brief History of HPHS". HPHS Law & Government Academy. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  5. ^ a b Faude, William H. (January 28, 2011). "The Names of Hartford's Public Schools and other historical notes" (PDF). Hartford Public Library Hartford History Center. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  6. ^ "Early 20th-Century Immigration in Connecticut | ConnecticutHistory.org". connecticuthistory.org. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  7. ^ "History – Capitol Region Education Council". www.crecschools.org. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  8. ^ "AN ACT ENHANCING EDUCATIONAL CHOICES AND OPPORTUNITIES. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:". www.cga.ct.gov. Retrieved 2018-11-28.
  9. ^ a b c d "District Model for Exellence | Hartford Public Schools". www.hartfordschools.org. Retrieved 2018-11-28.

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