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Magnet schools overcome doubters in Connecticut

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When magnet schools were suggested in Greenwich, Conn., 13 years ago, the idea met with some resistance. Now that the program has provensuccessful, doubts have given way to popularity.

Demand for magnet schools in the suburban enclave far outstrips supply. The Greenwich Sentinel reports that last year the International School of Dundee had 93 applications just for kindergarten, with only 20 available seats. Priority is given to students within the district and to siblings of current students.

“Questioning is a big part of what goes on every day, in every classroom,” principal Teresa Ricci told the Sentinel. “If you want a traditional classroom with a traditional learning environment, this may not be the school for you. Questions are always, always encouraged.”

Superintendent of Schools William McKersie said he is particularly excited about Hamilton Avenue School, which is moving to a science-and-math focused curriculum. “There are two key things you need for a magnet school,” McKersie said. “One, you have to have a core focus that goes all the way through the building. Two, you need great leadership and teachers who deliver on that.”


Amelia Hamilton is’s education correspondent. She is also a blogger and author of the Growing Patriots children's books. A lifelong writer and patriot, she also loves hockey, old cars, old movies and apple juice. Amelia has a master’s degree in both English and 18th-century history from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Her dog Virgil is her co-pilot. Amelia can be reached at [email protected]