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Hart School

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Posted October 24, 2013

Hart Magnet School -- I have a first grader at Hart who started this year when he transferred from another school where he attended kindergarten. I am really impressed by the attention the assistant principal, Mrs. Mara gave to us as a family and as the parents. We received instant response when we called, and made special times to meet us separately as my husband was unable to make the times of their orientation. Mrs Mara expressed her interest and concern about our son's learning style, personality, and level of ability. She asked for previous report card from the other school so she can place him in the class with the teacher who understands and works with him. His former school was not challenging enough for him. At Hart, he is so happy, although he still zips through his assigned homework every evening, but his teacher encourages him to do more than what he was assigned if he likes to gain bonus points. So, he is really motivated. He loves Hart school, especially Technology and Science. We are truly blessed to have such dedicated group of staff and teachers at Hart. This week he has mini course - "Fun Exercise", love the physical as well as mental challenges offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

We were blessed to get our daughter in to K by lottery. In fact, we lost hope until we received a call in early June from the BOE. Hart was our only choice when we submitted our application for lottery in 2012. Our daughter is only 4-1/2, she is a little younger than most kids in K but she has soon fit right in because she has a superb class teacher who took the time to get to know her and helps her overcome her shyness. She loves it. The assistant principal met us at orientation and my daughter would go into the classrooms to play with other kids, nor did she allow me to attend the presentation at orientation. We were hanging in the hallway; Mrs. Mara came up to introduce herself and gave us a personal tour leading us to different rooms. She sure knows how to break the ice. My daughter remembered she saw the Arts, Music and computer rooms when she visited Hart the very first time till this day. She took the extra step to make us feel welcomed, which says a lot especially there were so many students in the school. Past few months since school has started, I spoke to other parents who have or had children of the own in or already left Hart Magnet. I only hear praises.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2013

I like the Hart school, and I am thoroughly impressed with All the Teachers and Staff. I am the grandmother of two children, one in Kindergarten and one in First grade. Since they started school at the end of August, they told me how much they like the school and the teachers. In even in this short time, there has been all around improvement. They look forward to going to school every day. And you can see how much they like their teachers by their smiley faces when with them. Meeting the Teachers, I felt they're commitment to quality, professionalism, knowledge, caring for the individual child, they're connection and they're enthusiasm. This school offers so many educational opportunities and help for the children; such as, Computer lab, Music, Art, and PE, multi-times/wk, etc. I love the Hart School's environment, which from the moment you enter the school, you are enveloped with Positive Themes, and Positive, Cheerful, Professional Attitudes. Most importantly your grabbed by the Children's Art, they're Pictures and they're handwritten notes. The Hart school has a playground, attached to the school. The playground needs to be improved and refurbished.


Posted May 28, 2010

I am the parent of a KG'ner at Hart Magnet School. We love the friendly and personal feel. The management and teachers are great and very approachable. The emphasis on Science and Maths is very visible in their curriculum and teaching approach. The mini - courses and advanced batch for performing students are very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I am the parent of a first grader at Hart Magnet School. We love the family atmosphere and small class size. In addition to the traditional elementary curriculum, we appreciate that our son participates in additional technology, science, and enrichment classes, as well as 'Mini-courses' of his choice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

This is a wonderful school with an amazingly dedicated, capable and caring teaching staff who continue to inspire my children on a daily basis. With a 3 child run (2001 to 2015), I continue to feel so grateful for the challenging science/technology curriculum. The new administration is fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

I am the parent of a kindergarten aged child at Hart Magnet School. My daughter has thrived here. The teachers and administration are outstanding and they create a small, loving atmosphere for every child in the school. The science and technology program is incredibly valuable and exceptionally well run. I would recommend this school to any parent, without hesitation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

My child is in the 1st grade at Hart school and loves it. The science and technology programs are enriching and enthusiastically engage the children on these topics. I'm amazed by some of the things the children have learned at this young age. Not only are they learning to read and write but they are challenged into learning about the amazing world of science. The teachers, parents and new administration are wonderful. With the new administration I have already seen some encouraging changes and I foresee a bright future for the students and teachers at Hart School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2008

Our 1st grade son is thriving at Hart Magnet school. What initially attracted us to the school was the technology and science program and we are not disappointed with our lottery choice. Our son was excited to learn he had more computer time and he is more willing to learn using this method. The science enrichment program has exposed him wonderful new things through artwork, song and a little dancing. He consistently applies what he learned in school to everyday life. Additionally, the small class sizes afford children great attention they would not receive elsewhere. We look forward to collaborating with the new administration on successful education tactics and growing our Hart family in the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2008

I am very impressed with Hart school. Hart is one of the Stamford Magnet schools and is the only elementary school with a Science and Technology focused curriculum. The school receives extra resources for the Science and Technology focus and it benefits the children tremendously. Science and Techonology are interwoven throughout our child's entire learning experience, from the science lab to the music room to the art studio. It is quite impressive. The K-2 Science enrichment program goes beyond amazing. As a parent, I could not believe what my 1st grader learned and retained. Hart Magnet is one of the best kept secrets in Stamford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

I've been a Hart School parent since 1998 and have been impressed by the wonderful, warm, professional teachers - they have prepared my children well for middle and high school! Hart has had to overcome a weak administration under a principal who was not dedicated to the science & technology magnet program but there is great hope that our new principal will give Hart the guidance and support it deserves. Hart has also been treated as the poor relation in Stamford's elementary magnet system despite the fact that its science and technology focus is very crucial in today's world. This too is changing with downtowns realization that Hart has done wonderful things with the little support it has received in the past. Right now Hart is poised to shine! If your child could benefit from a hands on learning with a focus on science and technology then look no further.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

My child is in her second year at Hart Magnet. When she started at Hart my husband & I thought we would probably move from Stamford because the school at that time did not have a great reputation. What a difference a year, and a new principal, make. The staff are warm and welcoming, and seem as if they want to be there, teaching our children. The sense of being part of a community may come from the small class size at Hart, & that there are only four classes per grade, I've gotten to know teachers in all the grades, not just the grades my daughter has been in. Once a week my husband says 'She's learning so much more about (math, science, reading, you name it) than I did at that age.' We are not planning on moving now & look forward to sending our younger kids there too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

I chose Hart Magnet School because of it's wonderful science and technology program. When you walk in the doors of Hart it feels like your 'home'. I have been a Hart parent for 3 years and am extremely happy. It has been the best decision I have made for my daughter. The new administration supports the teachers and are available to the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

My husband and I have been extremely unhappy with this school. The heart of the problem is the administration. The principal is seemingly counting the days until her retirement. There is very little collaboration between the administration and faculty resulting in an inconsistency in the teaching. There's a very small group of parents trying very hard to be involved, but the impression is given that the administration doesn't want their help. The school has potential, but has gone down hill drastically in the past few years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2004

We love this small, warm elementary school. The leadership is accessible and very professional. The teachers are uniformly good. Science and technology program outstanding. Incredible diversity makes our child more wordly.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 67% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
44%

2009

 
 
76%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2012.

82 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
72%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 63% in 2012.

84 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%

2009

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2012.

66 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
72%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 64% in 2012.

63 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%

2009

 
 
74%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 65% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
50%

2009

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2012.

62 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%

2009

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 68% in 2012.

61 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
49%

2009

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 64% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
59%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 68% in 2012.

67 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%

2009

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students59%
Female59%
Male58%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic43%
White83%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities62%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%

Reading

All Students65%
Female59%
Male69%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic50%
White87%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities68%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English71%

Writing

All Students61%
Female63%
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic52%
White74%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English64%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students56%
Female65%
Male47%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic32%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities57%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English62%

Reading

All Students64%
Female67%
Male60%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic32%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English69%

Writing

All Students63%
Female69%
Male56%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic44%
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities64%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English66%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

Math

All Students63%
Female60%
Male65%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic50%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities65%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%

Reading

All Students51%
Female52%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic45%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities50%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English54%

Science

All Students61%
Female54%
Male67%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English65%

Writing

All Students61%
Female61%
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asian Americann/a
Hispanic55%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilities67%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English63%
Scale: % level 4 or 5

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Connecticut used the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) to test students' skills in reading, writing and math in grades 3 through 8, and in science in grades 5 and 8. The CMT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Connecticut.
Beginning in the 2009-2010 school year, the Connecticut Department of Education implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the CMT test. The new standards for proficiency are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change.

The different student groups are identified by the Connecticut Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Connecticut Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 38% 19%
Black 24% 13%
White 22% 62%
Asian 15% 4%
Two or more races 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A34%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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61 Adams Ave
Stamford, CT 06902
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