At Norwalk Public Schools, our vision is to be the most successful city school system in Connecticut! Working closely with the Norwalk community, we are focused on creating a student-focused culture that motivates, challenges and supports each individual student to his or her highest levels of achievement. Over 1,000 dedicated professionals work closely with more than 11,000 students in 20 schools.
The Norwalk Public Schools district is made up of 12 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, one alternative high school program and one inclusive pre-school program. The state-of-the art- Norwalk Early Childhood Center opened its doors in September 2016 to serve preschool families of both typical and special needs children. Norwalk offers several magnet schools at the elementary level, including Columbus Magnet School, based on the Bank Street School model; Jefferson Science Magnet School, which was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School for its work in closing the achievement gap; and the Silvermine Dual Language School, an English-Spanish immersion program.
Norwalk is also home to the Center for Global Studies, an inter-district high school magnet program housed at Brien McMahon High School, as well as Norwalk Early College Academy, the State’s first early college, P-TECH model program in partnership with IBM, Norwalk Community College and the State of Connecticut. In 2017, Brien McMahon High School was approved to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program.
Our district’s rich diversity is a key part of our strength. Norwalk students come from a variety of backgrounds, with more than 41% of students speaking a second language at home. The Norwalk Public School system delivers a learning experience that is rich in cultural diversity, as well as one that is reflective of the global society in which our graduates will work and live.
Norwalk Public Schools provides comprehensive special education and bilingual education programs, full day Kindergarten, and expanded Pre-K opportunities. Before and after-school programs are available throughout the city for both elementary and secondary students. Students can also take advantage of a full array of interscholastic athletics and extra-curricular activities that cover a full range of interests, from computers to chess to community service. Programs like the Center for Youth Leadership, and the Norwalk High School and Brien McMahon Marching Bands, have received national recognition.
As of October 1, 2016, total enrollment in Norwalk Public Schools was 11,393 students.
In 2017, a comprehensive School Building Program was approved that is designed to support the city’s families for years to come. A joint commitment by the City of Norwalk and Board of Education resulted in a major investment in Norwalk’s school buildings, including the building of several new schools, the renovation of others, as well as priority repairs and capital projects at all schools.