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Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy

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Basic Information
School Brochure: View brochure
School Nickname: HMTCA
School Phone: (860) 695-7201
Grades Served: 6-12
Type: Magnet
Theme: Science, Arts, and College Prep
Principal's Name: Julie Goldstein
Principal's Email:

HMTCA boasts a demanding program of studies and a culture of high expectations. This program is built on a rigorous academic foundation that emphasizes two complementary disciplines: science and the arts, blending these themes with the Early College model. This thematic approach to learning allows students to engage in theater, dance, vocal/instrumental music, visual arts, writing and literature workshops, as well as inquiry-based science courses. HMTCA's Early College model offers students the opportunity to engage in coursework on the Trinity College campus, working in partnership with professors, teachers, and students. At HMTCA, we attempt to transcend traditional subject-centered boundaries in order to encourage students' broader thinking and promote their enduring understanding. Students make authentic connections among the disciplines. Learning goals are clear and instructional practices and activities honor differences in students' learning styles. Our challenging curriculum and a culture of high expectations provide an environment in which all of our students may excel, academically and socially.

Special Features and Highlights
• Partnership with Trinity College
• Community School in partnership with COMPASS Youth Collaborative
• Small class sizes
• 88 minute block schedule
• Accelerated math, hands-on inquiry-based science curriculum
• Rigorous college preparatory curriculum
• Interscholastic athletics
• Musical ensembles
• Portfolio Visual Arts Program
• Drama productions
• Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Magnet School Of Excellence Award, 2011
• Merit School of Excellence, 2011, 2012
• New England League of Middle Schools Spotlight School 2011, 2008, 2005
• Hartford’s Highest Performing School, 2010
• Hartford’s Shining Star School, 2008-10
• CAS Exemplary School Climate Practices, 2010
• U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon Award, 2006

Special Points
• Early College model in Partnership with Trinity College
• Exploratory Middle School Model with extensive course offerings and academic supports that promote the growth and development of the individual child.

Community School - Lead Agency: Compass Youth Collaborative
Christina Morales-Smith, Community School Director 860-695-7286

What People Are Saying
Students Say : “I wish there was another school like this, because what we experience in school is the way I want everyone else to experience it. Not everyone has that opportunity.”
Parents Say : “Sending my daughter to HMTCA is one of the best decisions I ever made. There was no question that the bar is raised higher here.”
Teachers Say : “What makes HMTCA different and special is that I really feel that we are Martin Luther King’s dream come true. We have kids from all different racial, cultural, economic backgrounds; they blend and we form a culture. When kids walk in to our building, they have hope, and when they leave, they have pride.”

Zone: 4
Before Care: no
After School: yes
After School Programs:

COMPASS Youth Collaborative

School Contact Phone: (860) 695-7201
53 Vernon Street, Hartford, CT 06106
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:15 – 3:15

Middle School: White, gold or navy polo shirt with the HMTCA logo, khaki or navy pants
High School: Blue or yellow oxford shirt with the HMTCA logo, khaki or navy pants

Languages Taught:

Spanish, 6-12, Mandarin (level 1, new)

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