Specialized Courses of Study for Students with Targeted Interests

A magnet school is a public school which offers specialized courses or curricula. The word “magnet” refers to how these schools draw students from across normal town or school district boundaries. The magnet schools of ACES were created to provide more precise, in-depth study in a critical subject area of strong interest and value to southeastern Connecticut students. Educational research shows that many students with special interest and aptitude in one area, such as art or science, experience much greater academic achievement and social development at a magnet school.


Educational Center for the Arts

Teaching Art for Life.

ECA is a half-day inter-district magnet high school that prioritizes learning in the performing, literary and visual arts. Students from around Connecticut receive direct instruction and mentoring from practicing, professional artists and arts educators. In 2015-2016, ECA students achieved over 100 national, state, and regional awards in the arts, more than any other school in the state of Connecticut. Located in the heart

of New Haven’s Arts community, ECA nurtures individual creativity, innovation through risk-taking, and the value in harnessing failure in order to succeed. ECA’s creative writers, actors, musicians, visual artists, and dancers are educated with real world experience and utilize their arts education to prepare them as innovative individuals.

Location: New Haven
Grades: 9-12

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Thomas Edison Middle School

Inspiring Lifelong Learning through Science, Math and Technology.

TEMS is an Interdistrict magnet school where 6th – 8th-grade students focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Thomas Edison Middle School’s mission is to empower students to use technology effectively in order to become knowledgeable, capable, and ethical digital citizens. In 2015, TEMS incorporated Project Lead the Way (PLTW), an engineering program, to all students in grade 6 and

7. In 2016, 8th grade students will build on their engineering skills through a PLTW program in science, Flight and Space. TEMS is one of the few middle schools in Connecticut to offer Project Lead The Way to their entire student body.

Location: Meriden
Grades: 6-8

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Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School

Making the World a Better Place - Educating the whole child through inquiry, innovation and the arts in a diverse, compassionate and mindful learning community

WIMS is a K-8 Magnet school serving over 630 students from more than a dozen Connecticut school districts.  ACES Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School is dedicated to educating the whole child through inquiry, innovation, and the arts in a diverse, compassionate and mindful learning community. Wintergreen’s rigorous curriculum is designed and implemented to prepare students for college and to launch them into adulthood with a deep understanding of our global interconnectedness. Mindfulness and restorative practices are infused throughout the school day in many Wintergreen classrooms. These practices have proven to be foundational for learning as they decrease stress and increase attention, focus, and social and emotional wellness.

Location: Hamden
Grades: K-8

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All ACES magnet schools schedule regular tours.
Contact your local Board of Education or the ACES school office for the upcoming tours.