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Hartford Public High School

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Basic Information
School Brochure: View brochure
School Nickname: HPHS
School Phone: (860) 695-1315
Grades Served: 9-12
Type: District Open Choice
Principal's Name: Kiaundra Smith

Hartford Public High School offer themes of study:

  • Engineering and Green Technology
  • Nursing
  • and Law and Government

Engineering and Green Technology

The Engineering and Green Technology theme is designed for students who plan to continue their education beyond high school with a special focus on pre-engineering, engineering technologies, and green technologies.
All students are expected to complete a rigorous academic curriculum integrated with workplace-based learning opportunities, job shadowing, and internships. The Academy will reflect the high educational outcomes of the State of Connecticut.
The mission of Hartford High School's Engineering and Green Technology is to graduate Hartford students with 21st Century skills who are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education and careers in engineering and green technologies.
All students build their core knowledge by taking classes required to earn a high school diploma in the state of Connecticut. The Academy places a special focus on math, science and English as building blocks to success.
Students also participate in courses to learn how science and math are used to design and construct the equipment, structures, and power/energy sources that impact our world. Students explore concepts of Earth-friendly technologies and the role they can take in preserving natural resources. Students will work with local companies and agencies in Hartford for on-site learning opportunities, which may include visiting to high-tech manufacturing and alternative energy companies, listening to guest speakers, job shadowing, and participating in internships.
The theme-based curriculum is drawn from two national programs: Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and the National Academy Foundation (NAF).
The school has a significant partnership with the Connecticut Business and Industry Association (CBIA) and is a grant recipient of United Technologies.
Special Features and Highlights
•Active and influential advisory board, industry-based internship opportunities, Project Lead The Way engineering curriculum, small academy environment
• Extracurricular activities such as: First Robotics, Engineering Challenge for the 21st century, Go For Aerospace, ACE mentor program, Gateway Summer Institute
• First Robotics awards
• Science Fair awards
Special Points
• College Preparatory Curriculum
• Career College Pathways to earn College credit while in high school
• Field trips to colleges
• Advisory program focused on college success
What People Are Saying
Students Say : “People my age are used to adults telling them what to do. My internship taught me that I can’t wait for someone to tell me what to do. I have to be responsible for myself; it has to come from me.”


The Nursing theme at Hartford Public High School prepares our young adults to successfully pursue a degree in nursing or related health care/science-based courses of study. The Academy provides students with a rigorous, high-quality education through its academics, enrichment programs, nursing and health care-related internships, and community service. Nursing and health care themes are threaded throughout the entire curriculum.
Nursing has four courses articulated with Capital Community College: Algebra II, Anatomy and Physiology, Developmental Psychology, and Public Speaking. Students can earn up to 15 credits at CCC or transfer the credits to another school; students are dually enrolled in high school and college at the same time.

Special Features and Highlights
Nursing has numerous partnerships with area health care providers for internships and focus groups: Hartford Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, Department of Public Health, Capital Workforce Partners, Catholic Charities, Education Connection, and CT Area Health Education Council.The University of Connecticut and Capital Community College are strong post-secondary partners, providing students with opportunities to visit the schools and participate in health care-related classes. We also offer CPR and first aid certification as part of our Anatomy and Physiology class.

• Recognized by American Red Cross for our successful blood drives
• Recognized by CT AHEC for student participation in their health care-related programs

Special Points
• There are multiple science labs and technology that simulate a health care environment.
• The school greenhouse is used to teach students about holistic health and nutrition.
• Students have multiple opportunities to learn from and interact with experienced nurses and other health care providers.
• Students have the opportunity to earn college credit while still attending high school.

What People Are Saying

Students Say :
“When I first came to the Nursing Academy, I thought all that we did was wear blue scrubs but now I realize all of the health care-related opportunities that are available our school.”

Parents Say :
“I feel that the Nursing Academy is going to get my child into a nursing school.”"This academy is giving my child an excellent background and foundation for nursing.”

"Deb Blazys and Principal Chambers have righted the ship and are making things happen for all of our students. I am glad that the two of them are here at HPHS Nursing Academy”.

Teachers Say : “It’s a learning community where students and teachers learn to grow, expand and inquire as we pursue a greater knowledge of ourselves and the health care field.”

Law & Government

Law & Government students study the liberal arts and sciences in preparation for success in college and future careers in law, government, and community justice. The strong focus on communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and advocacy enables students to see the unlimited connections between their classroom studies and the challenges of the world today. Students in the Law and Government Academy see their studies as a vehicle to accomplish the ethical work that passionate citizens do to make the world a better place.

Our Four Driving Forces are Passion, Deep Knowledge, Deep Inquiry, and Self-Worth.

Special Features and Highlights
• Rigorous, college-preparatory liberal arts coursework including courses for college credit beginning in 11th grade
• Regular enrichment activities focus on careers in law, government, and criminal justice, public safety, community justice
• Frequent college field trips and college-focus across all grade levels
• Strong focus on applied critical thinking and problem-solving, collaboration and leadership
• Authentic classroom activities focused on law, justice, community leadership and social change
• Five-Week Summer Law Institute program for rising sophomores
• Paid internships in City and State government offices for juniors and seniors

What People Are Saying

Students Say :
“Our teachers see things in us that we haven’t even seen in ourselves yet... they challenge us to develop our talents and passions.”
-Josephine, 12th grade student“In our classes and in our other activities, we learn how to make the world a better place.”
- Winifer, 11th grade student

Parents Say : "The teachers at the Law & Government Academy help our daughter to exercise her passion to succeed by developing the tools to be successful in school, college and in her future career." – Mr. Samuel Vega, Parent of Guibeth, 11th grader

eachers Say :

“I’ve been a teacher at HPHS for 18 years. The Law and Government Academy is the gold standard. Excellence is not an expectation, it’s a requirement.” – Mr. Harry Bellucci, Physical Education Teacher

“LGA staff is committed to empowering our students and working together as a community to inspire and learn from one another.” – Ms. Giana Gleeson, World Languages Teacher


The Hartford Public High School Museum & Archive

HPHS is also the location of the Hartford Public High School Museum & Archive.  Learn more here.

Zone: 3
Before Care: yes
Before Care Information:

Before school programs will be shared with parents during orientation.

After School: yes
After School Programs:

After school programs will be shared with parents during orientation.

School Contact Phone: (860) 695-1497
55 Forest Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Hours: 7:30 am to 2:40 pm

School uniforms are required and will be discussed with parents at registration.

Languages Taught:

Spanish, 9-12

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