With New Facility Nearing Completion, Connecticut River Academy Now Accepting Applications

The Connecticut River Academy is now accepting applications for enrollment. Forty percent of Academy juniors and seniors are enrolled in college courses at Goodwin College.

 In addition to the ability to enroll in college courses and receive transferrable credit, students at Goodwin College’s Connecticut River Academy can look forward to a brand new, state-of-the art school which will open next year.

The Academy – an interdistrict magnet high school with a curriculum centered on environmental studies—is accepting applications through the Regional School Choice Office of Greater Hartford. The deadline for new students to apply to attend the school is Thursday, Jan. 31.

In addition to its curriculum, there are several factors that make the Connecticut River Academy a unique institution. Located on Goodwin College’s River Campus, Academy students have resources available to them, both at the College and on the river itself, that provide excellent learning opportunities.

Academy students are eligible to take courses at the College, free of tuition charge, and credits are transferrable. Students regularly take courses in subjects such as English, Calculus, Biology, Psychology and Environmental Studies, participating in discussions with Goodwin students and receiving instruction and guidance from College faculty.

“Forty percent of our Juniors and Seniors are enrolled in College classes,” said Principal Linda Dadona. “That's happening because we begin teaching college readiness skills the minute our scholars step in the door.”

Very soon, the Academy will have a truly spectacular facility. Construction on a permanent home for the Connecticut River Academy has been ongoing since January 2012. The project will be completed for students beginning in the 2013-14 academic year, and once it’s finished, the Academy will have a school quite unlike any other.

The 102,000 square-foot, four-story building will include nine college-level science labs, a green roof featuring garden space, a habitat center, collaborative spaces for students and staff, Connecticut River ecology and history displays in the main entrance, music and art rooms, and a university-style lecture hall. There will also be a full-size gymnasium and fitness center and a four-story parking garage.

“We are building ourselves as a community and the community is strong, positive, caring and focused on learning 100 percent of the time,” Dadona said. “Think of how awesome it's going to be when we have that incredible space to live and learn.”

The Academy will also feature a handicap – accessible deep-water dock, leading from behind the building down to the river. Docked on site will be a brand new 50-foot research vessel, which students will board to take samples of the Connecticut River, study data, and conduct classes and experiments.

As an interdistrict magnet school, the Connecticut River Academy accepts students from throughout the Greater Hartford Region.

Enrollment in the Academy is conducted by lottery through the Regional School Choice Office. All prospective students must apply by Jan. 31 for consideration. Contact the Office through its website or by phone at 860-713-6990.

For more information on the Connecticut River Academy, visit www.ctriveracademy.org or call the school at 860-913-2200.

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