Award Year: 2015

Dorothy C. Goodwin School

321 Hunting Lodge Road
Storrs, CT, 06268-1508

(860) 429-6316

Mrs. Susan D. P. Muirhead, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School


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In partnership with families and community, our mission is to prepare our students academically, artistically, emotionally, physically and socially to become thoughtful and productative citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 72%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 14%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 26%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Inquiry and student discourse is the keystone to academic growth at Goodwin

Inquiry and student discourse is the keystone to academic growth at Goodwin

As a district, Mansfield is committed to preparing all of its students to succeed in the 21st century through educational excellence. Dorothy C Goodwin Elementary School is one of three elementary schools; it is a small school with approximately 210 students attending pre-school through fourth grade. One of Goodwin’s greatest strengths is its dedicated professional staff. We believe that each student’s academic success and emotional health is a shared responsibility and we value a deeply reflective practice. In keeping with our mission statement, Goodwin is a fully inclusive school that is committed to a high quality education for every child. We know our families have entrusted us to develop their children’s special talents and skills. The home/school partnership and consistent communication are critical to our mission of creating life-long learners. Our community works collaboratively and tirelessly to build a nurturing environment in which a rigorous curriculum, high-quality instruction, global awareness, and character education allow for the development of the whole child.

Our rural town’s rich and growing diversity is reflected in our school and we are proud of our affiliation with the University of Connecticut. We have a supportive PTO that facilitates our mission through enrichment activities in classrooms and community-building events. An example of this is our Heritage Potluck where foods from the different heritages of our families are shared and celebrated. In school, our Student Ambassador Club supports student leadership and assures that we are a welcoming and charitable school and that we embrace and celebrate cultures.