Prospective Families

Connecticut River Academy

Choosing a magnet school may be exactly the right step for your child — and you. At Connecticut River Academy (CTRA), we believe learning should not be confined to a classroom. We believe your child’s success later in life depends on the choices you make now.

Here’s four benefits of a high school education at CTRA…

Earn college credit while in high school

At Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) your child can get a jump-start on a college career. In addition to a full range of high school and AP courses, students have the opportunity to take classes at Goodwin University and earn over 30 transferable college credits while still in high school — tuition free. Students are prepared academically and socially for college — laying an important foundation for future success.

Experience hands-on innovation and technology

At CTRA, science, innovation, and technology are at the forefront of our teaching. Our curriculum challenges students to reach their fullest academic potential and is filled with opportunities for hands-on learning and discovery. Our theme-based learning experiences allow students to gain the skillsets needed to advance in the workforce or post-secondary education. CTRA’s sustainability theme encompasses two areas of study: environmental science and advanced manufacturing.

Join an inclusive community

Your child’s academic career is important but so are their student experiences. We want your child to be excited to come to school every day. Students at Connecticut River Academy are welcomed into an inclusive atmosphere the moment they walk through the doors. Fitting in won’t be a problem. Here, students start fresh, meet new people, and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Learn and grow outside the classroom

Your child has so many opportunities to grow and learn at CTRA. With afterschool advanced enrichment programs, clubs, and intramural sports programs, your child will become a well-rounded individual, ready to hit the ground running after graduation. Students in our advanced
manufacturing program have the opportunity to intern while in high school, in preparation for real world experiences.

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"At CTRA, you don't get lost in the crowd. Teachers know students' names; they get to know your background and know you personally. The teachers are always there for you, you feel comfortable going to them, and that connection is special."

Morgan, CTRA Graduate

As a magnet school, CTRA offers several benefits including:

  • Academic success that prepares students for a lifetime of achievement
  • Diverse student body that encourages respect, empathy and collaboration
  • Family and community involvement that instills a passion for learning and growth
  • Flexible and innovative curriculum centered around a unifying theme

Special features

  • Early College model with opportunities to earn more than 30 tuition-free, transferable college credits while still in high school
  • Sustainability theme with a focus on the Connecticut River watershed area
  • Hands-on learning including engineering and advanced technologies
  • State-of-the-art technology including collegiate level science labs and laptop computers for every student
  • Internship opportunities with high-tech corporations including advanced science and technology experiences
  • Extended day for advanced enrichment, academic, and social supports
  • Accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC)
  • Named a National Magnet School of Excellence

Magnet school transportation

We believe that everyone should have access to a great education. That’s why we make transportation to and from our magnet schools as convenient as possible. Learn about your transportation options now.

“Our goal is to graduate scholars who will think critically and communicate clearly about scientific, technical, interpersonal, societal, and global issues from multiple disciplinary perspectives.”


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Applying for the 2022-2023 School Year: 
The RSCO Application period is NOW open! The application period opened on November 12, 2021, and will close on January 31, 2022. Apply now! Do you still need more information before making the decision to apply? No worries. Request more info today!

Applying? Select us as FIRST choice:
At CTRA we typically have 130 -140 seats available each lottery season. Most seats available are in our incoming grade 9 class. To increase your chances of getting into CTRA, select us as first choice!

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