Award Year: 2016

Dr. Charles Barnum Elementary School

68 Briar Hill Road
Groton, CT, 06340-2651

(860) 449-5640

Mr. Seth Danner, Principal at time of Nomination

Seth Danner, Current Principal

Groton Public Schools

School Website


In partnership with our community, we provide a safe, nurturing and challenging learning environment so all students develop to their fullest potential becoming productive/responsible citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 67%
  • Hispanic: 15%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 3%
  • Two or more races: 8%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Staff and student success is enhanced with our military partnerships.

Staff and student success is enhanced with our military partnerships.

Dr. Charles Barnum Elementary School in Groton, CT maintains a positive school climate through a variety of student-centered character building activities and recognition so that students are motivated to learn. We are proud of what we achieve at our school and refuse to become complacent or satisfied with the status quo. We continually look for ways to achieve our goal of doing what is best for children by setting high expectations and by building positive relationships with all members of our school community. Charles Barnum has a strong connection with our military families and due to the transient nature of our population, the staff does not often see the fruits of its labor. A student whom we are working with to achieve academic success may transfer out before meeting goals we set for them. We often cannot follow our students' success once they move and this can be unfulfilling; this is why it is important for the staff to validate and celebrate each other's success on a regular basis. Adjustment time is almost non-existent for our highly mobile student population. Our school is unique because 'new' students are difficult to identify as you walk through the school, due to the many procedures we have in place to acclimate students and families. We pride ourselves in making transitions seamless for new families. From the first encounter in our office, to meeting the teacher, and touring the building, families are treated to a warm welcome in a very organized manner.