Award Year: 2018

University of Hartford Magnet School

196 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT, 06117-1504

(860) 236-2899

Mr. Tim Barber, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School, Magnet School, Choice School

Capitol Region Education Council

School Website


Equity, excellence, and success for all through a high-quality, theme-based education.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 50%
  • White: 18%
  • Hispanic: 26%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • ELL: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 60%
Friday Family Meeting - Singing Building Bridges

Friday Family Meeting - Singing Building Bridges

University of Hartford Magnet School (UHMS) opened in 2001 and is one of sixteen magnet schools operated and managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC). Using multiple intelligences theory, the school works tirelessly to reduce racial, ethnic and socioeconomic isolation of students by initiating, developing and managing innovative educational programs. Our classrooms are a microcosm of the greater society, diverse in a variety of ways: socioeconomically, racially, and culturally. This diversity is embraced and used to deepen our students' knowledge of themselves, each other, and the larger community.

The positive partnerships that we have and continue to forge with our families and community members serve as a powerful ingredient for our students' success and our school's improvement. While we, like many schools, meet with families before the first day of school, what we have found most successful in supporting our students and working with our families is our Parent Intake Conferences. Held during the third week of school, these conferences afford teachers an opportunity to learn more about their students from the family’s perspective and experiences. Families are able to share their child's past educational experiences, interests outside of school, apprehensions about school, and their goals for their child. The information gathered and bonds established during these conferences provide a foundation for a meaningful and strong connection that best supports the student's educational and social/emotional success for the school year.