Monthly Archives: January 2012

Goodwin Breaks Ground on Permanent Home for Magnet High School

Goodwin College launched the construction of a permanent home for the Connecticut River Academy, the College’s environmental science-themed magnet high school, with a groundbreaking January 11.

Governor Dannel Malloy was on hand to offer his support, along with members of East Hartford’s legislative delegation, and Mayor Marcia Leclerc.

Malloy, a strong advocate for educational reform, said the event was important to the state as well as the town and CTRA students. The governor spent several minutes meeting with an enthusiastic group of students before taking to the podium.

“To see the excitement in the faces of the students – it’s terrific,” Malloy said, adding that the project was also important for the economic development of the region.

The College is set to begin construction on a $57 million, 103,000 sq. ft., four-story facility on the north end of the River Campus, just off of Route 2. It will house 480 students in a state-of-the-art interdistrict magnet high school. Once completed, the Academy building will be the second largest on the campus.       

The facility will include nine college-level science labs, a green roof featuring garden space, a habitat center, collaborative spaces for students and staff, Connecticut River ecology and history displays in the main entrance, music and art rooms, and a university-style lecture hall. There will also be a full-size gymnasium and fitness center, which will be used by both the College and the Connecticut River Academy. There will also be a brand new parking garage.

Presently, the Connecticut River Academy consists of grades 9-11 divided into two buildings on the Goodwin College campus at incubator buildings at 195 and 167 Riverside Drive. The Academy will be expanded next year to include a senior class.

Once completed, the new building will be the permanent home for the Connecticut River Academy. The College will continue to utilize 195 and 167 Riverside Drive for classroom and office use. 195 Riverside Drive is also a brand new building, having opened at the start of the 2011-12 school year.

Work is also set to begin soon on two other magnet schools on the Goodwin College campus. One will be the Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, a magnet high school operated by the Hartford Board of Education. The school is currently located in Windsor.

The third magnet school will be the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School, which will be constructed on the Willowbrook School property just across the street from Riverside Drive. The school will offer a comprehensive prekindergarten and kindergarten experience to 240 children, drawing students from throughout the region.

 To learn more about the Connecticut River Academy, visit