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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.

District Info

Our District is committed to the idea that every child can learn! 

Magnet Schools


Magnet Brochure

Magnet School Application Information

Magnet Vacancies

Magnet School Opt-Out Procedures

PreKindergarten FAQs

PreKindergarten Tuition Information


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.


The application period runs from January 10th-March 7th, 2019.

Magnet school admission is available only to students who are currently enrolled in the West Hartford Public Schools or are residents of West Hartford. If admitted into a magnet school you will need to demonstrate West Hartford residency before the magnet slot can be awarded to your child.

  • An application form must be completed for each child seeking admission.
  • The application must be filled out on-line at magnetschools.whps.org. If you need assistance filling the form out, please call or visit the Residency Office in Room 134 at Town Hall, phone 860-561-6620
  • Magnet school applications must be entered on-line by 4:00 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019.





West Hartford Public Schools

50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

F: 860-561-6910

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