Connecticut River Academy Prepares for Big Move

The wait is almost over for the students, faculty, and staff at the Connecticut River Academy at Goodwin College, which will cut the ribbon on a brand new facility on Tuesday, January 7.

A side view of the new Connecticut River Academy, set to open in January.

A side view of the new Connecticut River Academy, set to open in January.

Goodwin College’s magnet high school is literally rolling out the red carpet in celebration of the $57 million, 105,000-square-feet building, located at 9 Riverside Drive in East Hartford. State and local officials will join the College and the entire high school in celebration of the new building, which has been long anticipated since the Connecticut River Academy opened on campus in 2010.

“Over the last three and a half years we have built a dynamic school culture that is a caring and committed safe haven where kids come to learn and know they are supported,” said Academy Principal Linda Dadona. “This feat has been accomplished using temporary spaces. Now, thanks to the vision of Goodwin College, we have a dynamic new structure to call home.”

While most of the festivities are specifically students and faculty, the Academy will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium. The press is welcome to attend the ceremony.

On Friday, December 20, the students will spend their last day of class at the incubator space at 167 and 195 Riverside Drive that has served as a temporary location for the Academy. The College’s main building has also provided space, and many Academy students have earned transferable college credits by taking classes at Goodwin.

When the school returns from the winter break, they will have a new building waiting for them with a variety of amenities and special features to enhance the environmental studies curriculum.

The four-story building is the second largest facility on the Goodwin College River Campus and is almost as large as the College’s flagship building farther down Riverside Drive. The Academy features state-of-the-art labs and equipment, a “green roof” where students can grow plants, a habitat room with live animals, and a project center.

Other amenities include a full-size gymnasium and basketball court, a fitness center, and parking garage

Many of the classrooms in the school feature great views of the Connecticut River.

Many of the classrooms in the school feature great views of the Connecticut River.

. In the spring, work will be completed on a floating dock with a research vessel to provide the students with access to the Connecticut River. The College will soon introduce a trolley to provide transportation throughout the various buildings on campus, including the Academy and the main Goodwin building.

The Fletcher Thompson architectural firm designed the building and FIP Construction built it. Ground was broken on the facility in January 2011, with Governor Dan Malloy joining several other officials to commemorate the start of construction.

Progress has been steady and now the Academy stands prominently along the Route 2 corridor in East Hartford. It is one of three magnet schools to be completed on Goodwin’s campus for the 2013-14 academic year, joining the Goodwin College Early Childhood Magnet School and the pending Pathways Academy of Technology and Design. The latter will open this spring, operated by the Hartford Board of Education in partnership with the College.

The gymnasium has capacity for the entire school. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at center court on January 7.

The gymnasium has capacity for the entire school. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at center court on January 7.

Media is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and there will be opportunities afterward to explore the school. All who are interested should contact Matt Engelhardt, Goodwin College Communications Coordinator, at mengelhardt@goodwin.edu.

The Connecticut River Academy is hosting two upcoming information sessions for future students and their families. The first is on Saturday, January 4 at 11 a.m., and the second is Tuesday, February 11 at 5 p.m. RSVP is required. All interested can register online at http://www.goodwin.edu/CRA/.

More shots of the building are available on our Flickr photo album, which can be accessed here.

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Posted on December 16, 2013, in Magnet Schools and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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