Magnet Information

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Cultivating student’s curiosity and creativity through inquiry-based learning,with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

The Florence E. Smith STEM School is an exemplary 21st Century learning community whose students persevere to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and learning dispositions to be responsible, productive, creative, and self-directed learners. With 21st century skills at the heart of a STEM Education, Smith STEM School prepares all students today for the world of tomorrow no matter which career paths they follow. In addition to the district curriculum, Smith STEM School provides students with innovative learning experiences through our Habits of Mind, engineering curriculum, integration of technology, and student-centered inquiry experiences. Our inquiry-based instruction and learning empowers students by cultivating critical thinking, problem solving, perseverance and collaboration.

Smith STEM students reach beyond subject areas to challenge their minds in creative ways:

  • Weekly science lab experiences led by our science teacher in the only elementary science lab in the district

  • Monthly student led assemblies highlighting our Habits of Mind, student achievements and stewardship

  • Engineering is Elementary curriculum developed by the Boston Museum of Science

  • Smith TV: Student led bi-weekly broadcasts highlighting STEM events in the news as well as STEM events at our school

  • After school enrichment program, STEAM PM, emphasizing our Habits of Mind, Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts

  • State-of-the-art recording studio where students combine their love of music and with technology

  • Technology-rich classrooms that foster communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and problem solving

  • Signature 21st Century STEM experiences at each grade level supported by our STEM specialist

  • A math specialist who supports meaningful mathematics instruction that fosters student independence and allows students to construct their own conceptual understanding to solve real world problems by applying mathematical ideas

  • Computer Coding

  • Suzuki violin lessons pre-kindergarten to grade 3

  • Full-day NAEYC accredited inquiry-based pre-kindergarten

  • A proud partner school with the Connecticut Science Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Magnet School Timeline 2019-2020

Application Process Starts
January 10, 2019

Parent Information Meeting at Smith STEM
January 24, 2018 at 6:00 PM
(snow date: January 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM)

Parent Information Meetings at Charter Oak
February 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM
(snow date: February 21 at 6:30 PM)

Application Due
March 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM

Lottery Results mailed
March 21, 2019

Responses to acceptance due
April 18

Waiting List Review
Late June and mid-August

Who can apply to magnet schools?

Only residents of West Hartford. Both Smith STEM and Charter Oak International Academy magnet schools are open to students in pre-kindergarten through grade 5.

Where can I apply?

When the application period is active, you can apply online. These magnet schools are open to West Hartford residents only. If you are admitted into a magnet school, you will need to establish residency before your admittance can be accepted. Please visit Residency for more information on residency requirements. 

May we apply to both magnet schools?

No. You may apply to only one magnet school for 2019-2020.

If my child gets into a magnet school, will we have to go through the lottery again the next year?

No. Once your child is enrolled in a magnet school, their slot is guaranteed.

I live in the Smith neighborhood. Do I need to apply to the lottery?

If you live the magnet school attendance zone and are entering grades K through 5, you do not need to apply. If you live in the attendance zone and are applying for pre-kindergarten, you will need to apply through the lottery.

If we have one child currently enrolled in a magnet school as a magnet student, will his/her brother or sister get in as well?

All children including siblings of currently enrolled magnet students must apply through the lottery. K-5 siblings of currently enrolled K-5 students at Smith will be given the lowest lottery numbers.

Is transportation provided to the magnet schools?

Yes, transportation will be provided to students who attend a magnet school and live more than a mile from the magnet school.

What if my child doesn’t get into a magnet school through the lottery?

Students who don’t make enrollment through the magnet school lottery will be put on a wait list, and then given the choice to enroll as slots open. The wait list is reviewed in June and again just prior to the start of school in late August. The wait list is then deleted as a new magnet lottery process is started each year.