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Breakthrough Magnet School-North

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Basic Information
School Brochure: View brochure
School Nickname: Breakthrough North
School Phone: (860) 695-6380
Grades Served: PK-5
Type: Magnet
Theme: Character Education
Principal's Name: Lisa Massaro
Principal's Email:

The mission of Breakthrough Magnet School North is for staff, families, and community members of diverse backgrounds to work in partnership, developing students as models of outstanding character. At Breakthrough North, character development permeates all aspects of our curriculum. We empower students to be the authors of their own lives and develop their problem solving skills to make responsible choices.

The vision at Breakthrough Magnet School North is to provide students with academic rigor, aesthetic appreciation, technological expertise, and physical expressiveness aimed at contributing to others. Breakthrough North is a school where families and teachers work together, striving for academic success. We stress purposeful learning, whereby students gain knowledge, utilize higher order thinking, exercise the mind and body, and value learning. All are trained and instructed in the unique Character Curriculum rooted in Positive Psychology and Mindfulness. At Breakthrough Magnet School North, we celebrate our global community, and our students’ resultant lives are marked by vitality, effectiveness, health, and well-being.

Special Features & Highlights

  • Breakthrough Magnet North offers multi-age classrooms, grouping Grades PK3 and PK4, Kindergarten and Grade 1, Grades 2 and 3, and Grades 4 and 5.
  • Students experience small class sizes, with 22 students in a classroom.
  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) is offered to students in grades Pre-K to Grade 5 and engages students in Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Every Friday, we gather as a school community for weekly community meetings in which students and classes have the opportunity to showcase learning aligned with our Character Theme.
  • We are pleased to have community partnerships with the Children’s Hospital, Hands on Hartford, Hartford Garden Advisory, Joan Dauber Food Bank and Hartford Performs.

ACCOLADES Breakthrough Magnet North was recognized by the Magnet Schools of America as a School of Excellence for 2019 and 2020, and previously as a School of Distinction.

CURRICULUM Breakthrough Magnet North utilizes a unique Character Education/Social Emotional Learning Curriculum infused with intentional Mindfulness training.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Breakthrough Magnet North offers Safety Patrol, Gardening, and Band/Instrument lessons. After- school sports are available to students in grades 3-5.

TECHNOLOGY Every classroom is equipped with state-of-the art technology, and instruction is enhanced with one-to-one tablet or laptop access for each student.

Did You Know?

  • OUR STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITY includes a multipurpose room with a rock climbing wall, an enclosed playscape and dining in the classrooms!
  • COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS with organizations like the Hartford Garden Advisory and the Joan Dauber Food Bank provide our students opportunities in service learning.
  • Our school’s curriculum educates THE WHOLE CHILD.
Zone: 1
Before Care: yes
Before Care Information:

Provided by the YMCA beginning at 7:00 am. For more information, please contact the school.

After School: yes
After School Programs:

Provided by the YMCA at the school ending at 6:00 pm. For more information, please contact the school.

School Fax: (860) 524-5395
25 Ridgefield Street, Hartford, CT 06112
Hours: PK3: 8:40 a.m.- 12:40 p.m. PreK 4- Grade 5: 8:40 a.m.-3:50 p.m.

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

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