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FAQs

Where are you located?
We are located in the city of Hartford just minutes from I-84.

DIRECTIONS to 440 Broadview Terrace, Hartford, CT 06106:  

From WEST I-84:  
Exit 45 LEFT onto Flatbush Ave., RIGHT onto Broadview Terrace.  School is on the RIGHT

From EAST I-84:
Exit 44 RIGHT onto Prospect Ave., Bear RIGHT onto New Park Ave., LEFT onto Flatbush Ave., RIGHT onto Broadview Terrace.  School is on the RIGHT

What is a magnet school?
A magnet school is a public school which offers a special theme-based curriculum to suburban and urban students in a diverse setting. There is no tuition to attend and transportation is provided to most students. All students must apply through the Regional School Choice Office. At the Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary Hooker, students are engaged in a rigorous, relevant curriculum which integrates the environmental sciences through the following over-arching goals:

  • Use scientific process/inquiry skills to solve environmental problems and to effectively communicate results.
  • Infer, interpret, and draw conclusions to support arguments with evidence from conflicting views on environmental issues.
  • Use sustainable practices and apply them to real-world situations.
  • Participate in environmentally-based service learning and collaborate with community partnerships.
  • Apply science literacy to new learning’s and observations.
  • Identify environmental factors which effect living organisms.
  • Interpret the local landscape by identifying key features including: flora, fauna, topography, and human impact. 

What grades does your school service?
We service students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade.

How do I apply?
Applying is easy. To apply online and learn more click here. 

Will my child only be taught science?
No. Our curriculum is comprehensive and students receive instruction in all areas which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Standards, and the Connecticut State Frameworks. Students study reading, math, social studies and science. Electives are offered in physical education, health, art, music, instrumentals, Spanish, engineering, environmental sciences, library/media sciences, and computer education.

Can I come see the school?
Yes. You can schedule a tour with one of our magnet coaches by calling Mrs. Francie Sierra-Re at 860-695-3834 or Kirsten Devlin at 860-695-3825

How do I apply for my child?
All students must apply through the Regional School Choice Office. Applications are submitted each winter for the upcoming school year. Please click here to apply online and learn more.

What are the school hours?
The official school day starts at 8:15am and ends at 3:25 pm. Early dismissal time is 12 p.m. Students may come into the building starting at 7:45 am for breakfast.

How does my child get to and from school?
If your child resides in Hartford, is in grades K-8, and lives outside of the district’s walking distance, he/she will receive transportation through the Hartford Public School System. More information is available at the website: www.hartfordschools.org

If your child lives outside of Hartford, Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) provides transportation services for students in grade K-8, within the RSCO transportation Zone. The zone is a designated geographic area which contains specific towns and cities. A map of the RSCO Transportation Zone is available on the RSCO website:  www.choiceeducation.org/transportation.
Pre K students are not eligible for transportation services and must be transported to school daily.
 
Is lunch provided?
Yes. Currently breakfast and lunch are free to all students.

Is there before and after school care?
Before and after school care is provided on site by OPMAD (Organized Parents Make a Difference).  Before school care starts at 7:00 a.m. and after school care runs until 6:00 p.m. There is a charge for before and after school care services. For more information please call 860-416-8870.  Students from first through grade eight may elect to attend the Boys and Girls Club in the afternoon which is adjacent to our campus.  The school provides a supervised walk for students in first through grade three.  For more information please call 860-951-6416.