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Expeditionary Learning Academy at Moylan School (ELAMS)

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Basic Information
School Brochure: View brochure
School Nickname: ELAMS, Moylan
School Phone: (860) 695-4500
Grades Served: PK4-5
Type: District Open Choice
Theme: Expeditionary Learning
Principal's Name: Christine McCarthy
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.
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
Zone: 3
Before Care: yes
Before Care Information:


After School: yes
After School Programs:

Tutoring, physical education/fitness activities, and various clubs. Boys and Girls Club and Trinity Dream Camp provides after school programs.

School Contact Phone: (860) 695-4500
101 Catherine St, Hartford, CT 06106
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:15 am - 3:25 pm Wednesdays - Early Release 8:15 am - 12:45 pm

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.

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