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
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
- Magnet School Timeline 2019-2020
- Who can apply to magnet schools?
- Where can I apply?
- May we apply to both magnet schools?
- If my child gets into a magnet school, will we have to go through the lottery again the next year?
- I live in the Smith neighborhood. Do I need to apply to 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?
- Is transportation provided to the magnet schools?
- What if my child doesn’t get into a magnet school through the lottery?
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)
March 7, 2019 by 4:00 PM
Lottery Results mailed
March 21, 2019
Responses to acceptance due
Waiting List Review
Late June and mid-August
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.
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.