Award Year: 2015

Worthington Hooker School

691 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT, 06511-1324

(203) 497-7200

Mrs. Sheryl Ann Hershonik, Principal at time of Nomination

Choice School

New Haven

School Website


The mission of our program is to create an engaging educational experience for our diverse student population, providing supports where needed and challenges where expected.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 52%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 27%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 15%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
3rd and 4th grade Worthington Hooker Students showcasing HOTs

3rd and 4th grade Worthington Hooker Students showcasing HOTs

Worthington Hooker is a K-8 school in New Haven, CT. Our school, housed in two buildings two blocks away from one another, share the same vision to equalize the educational experience for all students, providing supports where needed and challenges where expected. To this end we pay specific attention to reducing/eliminating the achievement gap inherent in the socioeconomic and educational experiences our students bring to the table.

We are part of the Connecticut HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Schools) network promoting strong arts, arts integration and democratic practice in our daily work. We know that children's learning styles are as diverse and unique as they. We know that the arts; visual, musical, and kinesthetic, capitalize on student interest, identify strengths, and bridge those strengths to academic learning. Because of this, our students experience the joy of learning utilizing their abilities as we work to identify and support the challenges they bring to school. Our students represent the full range of social, economic, and cultural groups. Each child can experience success, acceptance and community with their peers. Our school team of energetic and committed teachers is encouraged to be creative in their planning and teaching. They are supported by the school leaders who encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, and sharing of best practices. The parent community supports our educational program and serves as advocates for resources. Our community of committed teachers, supportive parents, and academically curious children is the reason for our school success.