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Breakthrough II Magnet School (North)

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Basic Information
School Brochure: View brochure
School Nickname: Breakthrough II
School Phone: (860) 695-6380
Grades Served: PK3-6
Type: Magnet
Theme: Magnet
Principal's Name: Katherine Leonard
Principal's Email:
The mission of Breakthrough Magnet North Campus (formerly Breakthrough II) is for staff, families, and community members of diverse backgrounds to work in partnership to develop students as models of outstanding character.  Students learn problem solving, responsible choice-making, and the value of keeping their agreements.  Character development permeates our broad-based instruction, producing students with academic rigor, aesthetic appreciation, technological expertise, and physical expressiveness aimed at contributing to the well being of others.  At Breakthrough Magnet North Campus, we celebrate our global community, and our students' resultant lives are marked by vitality, effectiveness, health, and well being.
Breakthrough Magnet North Campus is a school where families and teachers work together for academic success.  We stress purposeful learning in which students gain knowledge, utilize higher-order thinking, exercise the mind and body, and value the educational experience. Parent participation is key to student success.  It can take many forms, including but not exclusive to: attending school assemblies, serving as a member of our school governance council, volunteering in classrooms, serving as a member of our PTO, attending school events and parent training, or chaperoning a field trip.  We also support  parents doing school-friendly activities at home such as reading with their child, supervising homework, preparing their child for school, or playing games together.
The Breakthrough Magnet North Campus model is organized around a rich character development theme, which permeates all that we do with students, parents, staff, and community members.  Breakthrough students are instructed in various problem-solving strategies and communication techniques.  These include HA HA SO strategies for handling bullies, the use of I-messages, use of committed complaints (those made with the commitment to finding a solution), making requests and negotiating agreements, and using a 4-step problem solving approach.
Special Features and Highlights
• Small class size (22)
• Multi-age classrooms (Pre-K3/4, K/1, 2/3, 4/5 etc…)
• Suzuki program starting in Kindergarten
• Spanish as a second language starting in grade kindergarten
• Interdisciplinary teaching
• STEP parenting training
• Weekly community meetings
• BRICK awards
• Teacher of the month
• Parent of the month
• Service learning projects
• Community service projects
• Partnerships with Suffield Middle School, Wings over Haiti,
• Multicultural Arts Summer Program
Special Points
• Strong character education philosophy
• Multi-age classrooms
What People Are Saying
Parents Say : “It’s a nice school because everyone knows your name, teachers are friendly and students care about each other. You can really see the character education when students do community service projects and give back to their community.”
Teachers Say : “I just love coming to our school every day! Our students are so respectful. It is a warm and friendly environment to work!”
Zone: 1
Before Care: yes
Before Care Information:

7:30 am-8:15 am for a fee

After School: yes
After School Programs:

12:00-5:30 pm-Preschoolers 3:55-5:30 pm grades K-6 **aftercare is provided for a fee

School Fax: (860) 524-5395
395 Lyme Street, Hartford, CT 06112
Hours: Monday-Thursday 8:15 am -3:25 pm Friday 8:15-2:55

Students at Breakthrough Magnet North Campus wear a cobalt blue polo shirt with our Breakthrough Magnet North Campus logo. Bottoms are khaki (pants, skirts, shorts)
Special clothes for a special school!

Languages Taught:

Spanish, K-6

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