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Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli Gifted and Talented Academy

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Basic Information
School Nickname: Renzulli
School Phone: (860) 695-2140
Grades Served: 4-8
Type: District
Theme: Gifted and Talented
Principal's Name: Mary F. Sierra-Re (AP)
Principal's Email:

Our logo is three interlocking circles, which represents the three-ring conception of giftedness that was developed by our founder, Dr. Joseph S. Renzulli. The three rings represent the characteristics we are looking for in our students: task commitment, creativity and above average ability.

Special Features and Highlights

SEM: School-wide Enrichment Model
• Curriculum implemented from the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented (NRC/GT) located at the University of Connecticut
• M3: Mentoring Mathematical Minds
• SEM-R: School-wide Enrichment Model in Reading
• Academic Competitions
• National History Day participation
• Connecticut Invention Convention
• Annual Science Fair
• Math League
• Enrichment opportunities
• Foreign languages
• Technology-rich environment
• Students participated in Future Producers Academy (CT Public TV) and produced news clips
• Students participated in the National Geography Bee and in 2011-2012, the school winner qualified to compete in the state competition in March 2012
• In 2010, The Renzulli Academy had two state level winners at the Connecticut Invention Convention.
• Students participated and placed in Columbus State University’s Math Contests
• In the Spring of 2011, The Renzulli Academy had five students who placed first and second at the Regional National History Day Competition
• Students were selected to appear in a Bill Cosby’s OBKB episode
• In 2011, The Renzulli Academy had a student place in the top three in the Hartford Public School District Science Fair
• All Renzulli students participated in New England Math League Competition in 2011
• Students were selected to participate in the Capitol Squash League
• Article in Christian Science Monitor (published in August 2011)
• The Renzulli Academy served as an Action Lab for the New England Conference for Gifted and Talented Education (NECGT)

• Ruth Lyons (past Director) was awarded the 2010 NAGC A. Harry Passow Classroom Teacher Scholarship and the Connecticut Association of the Giflted’s Administrator of the Year 2011
• Melissa Thom (Social Studies Teacher) was awarded the 2010-2011 Connecticut National History Day PBS Teacher of Merit Award
• Ashley LaParre (Math Teacher) was nominated as Renzulli Academy’s Teacher of the Year for 2011-2012
• Ms. Morales-Taylor (Assistant Superintendent) was awarded the Connecticut Association of the Gifted Friends of the Gifted Award
• Dr. Adamowski (Previous Hartford Public Schools Superintendent) was awarded the NAGC/Ball State Outstanding Administrator Award
• The Renzulli Academy has been presented at the World Conference for Gifted and Talented Children in Prague, Czech Republic, The New England Conference for Gifted and Talented (NECGT) in CT and VT, and National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Annual Conferences in GA and LA

Special Points
• We have a staff that is specially trained in gifted education and pedagogy.
• Our curriculum matches our students to their academic abilities and is individualized to ensure academic needs are met.
• Students are exposed to many academic competitions during the year that offers ways to showcase their academic talent, creativity and innovation.

What People Are Saying

Students Say : “The Renzulli Academy is a great school because there are a lot of opportunities for us. It is more than a great school, it is a special place.” –Jazmin Smith grade 4
Teachers Say : “Working at the Renzulli Academy has been such an amazing experience! The environment in which I work is one that allows me to grow both as a professional and as a learner in ways I never thought possible.” -Ms. Thom (Social Studies Teacher)

Zone: 1
Before Care: no
After School: no
School Fax: (860) 722-8529
110 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Hours: 8:15 am to 3:25 pm

Grades 4-8: Khaki bottoms and navy polo shirts or Academy sweatshirt

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