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Breakthrough Magnet School (South)

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Basic Information
School Brochure: View brochure
School Nickname: Breakthrough
School Phone: (860) 695-5700
Grades Served: PK3-8
Type: Magnet
Theme: Character
Principal's Name: Holly Gustafson
Principal's Email: GUSTH002@hartfordschools.org
Breakthrough's programming and special environment develops students' character, training them to be:
 - Problem solvers
 - Self-aware and in charge of their minds
 - People of their word
 - Contributors using discovered talents
 - Knowledgeable of content, social, and communication skills
 - Full day: PK 4 and Kindergarten
Special Features and Highlights

Student enrichment opportunities include: Nature’s Classroom, Spanish K–8th, and instrumental music.

Middle-schoolers enjoy: seminar/advisory classes, diversity/high school/college and career awareness.

Teachers receive training in inquiry-based learning, interdisciplinary teaching, our unique character curriculum, and encouragement in instruction. Based on the 2010-11 enrollment data, the school meets the state integration standard.
Community partnerships providing rich exposure to Breakthrough students include:
-Hartford Performs – area artists paired with BMS teachers infuse instruction with the arts
-Food Corps
-National Association of Physical Literacy
-Fuel Up to Play 60
-Racial Equity in Education Center
-Sheff Movement
-Salmon River Project
-Junior Achievement
Zone: 3
Before Care: yes
After School: yes
After School Programs:


School Fax: (860) 722-6817
290 Brookfield Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Hours: 8:40 am - 3:50 pm


Languages Taught:

Spanish, K-8

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