Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School (ELAMS)

District/Open Choice
“We are Crew, not Passengers.” - Kurt Hahn
The Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School (ELAMS) is a PK–5 school where students engage in a rigorous curriculum and participate in learning expeditions, case studies, conversations with community experts, field work, service learning, and exhibitions of student work.

Learning is focused around a project-based research approach where critical thinking and problem-solving skills are used and mastered. The Expeditionary Learning model energizes student motivation and engagement through high-level tasks and active roles in the classroom. Clear expectations are set and followed, helping students learn characteristics such as respect, responsibility, teamwork, and commitment to high-quality work.

Students follow their Compass for Learners:
• Courtesy
• Craftsmanship
• Resilience

Teachers and staff follow their Professional Norms:
• We Give Our Best
• We Support Each Other
• Our Work is Urgent

ELAMS is proud of its positive school culture where students feel safe, respected, and encouraged to do their best.
Grades Served : PK4 - 5
Type : Elementary
Zone : Zone 3
Lottery : • HPS Choice School (Hartford Residents) • Neighborhood School - ‘Behind the Rocks’ community • Open Choice School (Suburban Residents)
Before Care : Tutoring
After School Programs : Tutoring, physical education/fitness activities, and various clubs
Special Points
• Students at ELAMS benefit from an environment that teaches and expects courtesy, craftsmanship, and resilience.We call this our Compass for Learners.
• ELAMS provides individualized support and guidance as students embark on their personal journey to educational success.
• Teachers receive weekly hands-on professional development focused on the Expeditionary Learning model which is infused directly into the classroom.
What People Are Saying
Teachers Say :
“The structure of our school, specifically beginning every day with a Crew Meeting, allows the students to appreciate their capacity for academic and social learning and helps them realize that they belong to a larger school community. The common language of ELAMS provides students with clear expectations across grade levels and prepares them for success beyond the classroom walls.”
-Mr. Brian Morin, 3rd grade teacher and ELAMS 2012 Teacher of the Year
Monday - Friday 8:45 am - 3:55 pm Wednesdays - Early Release 8:45 am - 12:45 pm
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The ELAMS School Uniform consists of a black polo shirt (with or without the ELAMS school logo), Khaki pants, shorts, jumpers, skorts or skirts.
Our school uniform represents our school colors and creates a sense of belonging amongst our students.
Christine McCarthy (A)
Principal Email
(860) 695-4500
Phone 2
(860) 695-4500
101 Catherine St, Hartford, CT 06106