Magnet Schools at Goodwin College

Two Exceptional Magnet Schools in Connecticut


Magnet Schools for Glastonbury, Avon, East Hartford, Bloomfield and more

As part of our commitment to innovation in education, Goodwin College is home to two exceptional inter-district magnet schools on our East Hartford campus. These magnet schools interface with our college programs on several levels. Students at the Connecticut River Academy participate in college-level coursework and earn college credits while still in high school, and Riverside Magnet School serves as a field site for observation of our high quality educational programs for the college students in our Early Childhood Education and Child Study programs.

Having these magnet schools on campus provides unique opportunities for students at each of these schools, and benefits students at Goodwin College.

The Connecticut River Academy

Students at the Connecticut River Academy have the opportunity to take courses at Goodwin College and earn up to 30 transferable college credits while still in high school — all at no tuition cost. The Connecticut River Academy features a sustainability theme that focuses on environmental science and advanced manufacturing. Thanks to CTRA’s connection to Goodwin College, students at the Academy have the opportunity to study advanced manufacturing in our brand new, state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing space, and utilize our environmental science research vessel on the Connecticut River.

Riverside Magnet School

Riverside Magnet School is an elementary magnet school serving students from pre-K through grade 5. The curriculum at Riverside Magnet School is built upon the world-famous Reggio Emilia approach to education — focused on building literacy, numeracy, social and physical skills while empowering students to take an active role in directing their own learning. Themes of nature and open spaces complement state-of-the-art learning technology to engage students through all five senses and provide endless opportunities to express themselves.

What is an inter-district magnet school?

Inter-district magnet schools are designed to voluntarily reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation. They seek to attract students by offering a themed, high-quality curriculum.

Existing inter-district magnet schools offer programs for prekindergarten through grade 12. These innovative schools attract students from different districts who come together to learn in educational settings that offer a range of themes. Themes and teaching philosophies include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), environmental science, Montessori, performing arts, and global and international studies.