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Magnet Schools


Thank you for your interest.


The 2018-19 magnet application process will begin on January 11th, 2018. Here is a timeline of key dates. All components of the magnet application process will be available on this website by January 11th. The online application will open on January 11th, 2018


Application Process Begins …................................January 11, 2018
Parent Information Meeting at Smith......................Feb 15, 2018, 6:30 PM
Parent Information Meetings at Charter Oak .........Feb 8, 2018, 6:30 PM
Feb 22, 2018, 6:30 PM
Magnet Application Due ........................................March 8, 2018 4:00 PM
Magnet Lottery Results mailed to parents .............March 22, 2018
Parent responses to acceptances due...................April 19, 2018




Why consider a magnet school?


West Hartford’s two magnet elementary schools begin with the same comprehensive curriculum standards as neighborhood schools, but enrich the student experience with an inquiry-based teaching and learning model. Many families find that the inquiry-based model encourages children to think more creatively and independently.


Our magnet schools each embrace a specific learning theme. Charter Oak International Academy is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program that encourages students to take action on local and global issues. Florence E. Smith STEM School emphasizes science, technology, engineering and math.


If you feel your child would thrive in one of the West Hartford School System’s magnet school environments, we encourage you to explore the full range of options available.


Click the links below to visit each school's website.

Charter Oak International Academy

Florence E. Smith STEM School


Application deadline is Thursday, March 8, 2018.


Applications will be due by 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 8, 2018 at the Residency Office, Room 154, Town Hall, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford. Early applications will be appreciated, but the order in which they are received will not affect the selection process. Applications may also be completed online at magnetschools.whps.org after January 11, 2018. Please remember that all students applying must be registered with West Hartford Public Schools before an application can be considered complete.


Click here for PreK option at Webster Hill School.


West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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