Parent and Student Testimonials
See why our parents are calling CTRA one of the best magnet high schools in CT.
“During the pandemic, every single teacher I’ve encountered has gone out of their way to make sure I was okay. If I happened to need more time on an assignment, they took the time to understand my circumstances and work with me. Every teacher persisted and helped me by putting effort into online learning. The teachers made school feel like school again!”
damarilis, ctra scholar
"CTRA is an awesome school with wonderful opportunities for students! The college readiness program has prepared my daughter to complete 33 credits from Goodwin University successfully. She is entering her first year at Keene State College as a sophomore!
Not only does CTRA provide supportive teachers and staff, but it also empowers scholars to reach beyond. The school is a community in which support from the faculty as well as the administration, is always available."
Mary, ctra parent
"The teachers at CTRA not only care about their students, but they are also intelligently versed in the subjects they teach — they made learning an interesting, fun, and enjoyable experience.
Connecticut River Academy continually educates scholars on the issues that impact the community; from women's issues to discrimination against POC, there are ongoing learning opportunities to increase awareness and influence action.
The early college model at CTRA made a significant impact in deciding my direction and next steps. The program provided college training wheels until we were self-sufficient in our courses, and it made me more confident in my abilities.
I took 12 classes (36 credits) at Goodwin while still in high school and graduated from Thomas College in Maine, earning two bachelor's degrees in two and a half years."
Jasmine, ctra graduate
"The school is totally different from other magnet schools because it’s a part of Goodwin University. My daughter can take 30 tuition-free, transferrable college credits at Goodwin while still in high school. You just don’t get that at other high schools."
Ian, CTRA Parent
"The atmosphere is very warm and accepting and the building is gorgeous. It’s a great place for kids to advance, especially in the sciences. My son loves coming to school."
Nancy, CTRA Parent
"CTRA has an inclusive, creative environment, and they understand this generation."
Toniko, CTRA Parent
"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
"At our hometown school, our son was getting lost in the crowd. At CTRA, the teachers provided our son with individualized attention and encouragement. They really got to know him."
Kristine, CTRA Parent
"Without hesitation, I would recommend CTRA’s expansive and supportive school community. From their new manufacturing partnership to college readiness to environmental science, CTRA offers a wealth of opportunities not available at a local hometown high school."
Gina, CTRA Parent
"I am so grateful that my son attends CTRA. Teachers and administrators are equally invested in my son being his best self as a learner and a young man."
Katie, CTRA Parent
“I loved the early college readiness program. I was able to take over 30 college credits while at CTRA.”
Serena, CTRA graduate
"I attended other magnet schools before, but CTRA was different. I truly felt at home here."
CaEsar, CTRA Graduate
“CTRA really exposed me to the world. I’m from a really small town and it opened my eyes about different cultures. I met my two best friends on the first day, and we just connected right then and there.”
JULIA, CTRA STUDENT
“When you attend CTRA, its college time. It's time to get your grades all squared away. The main goal of the school is early college readiness. They want everyone to go to college and have a post secondary plan. Here, you can take college classes for free, and that was definitely not taken for granted in my book.”
Jenarie, CTRA graduate
“CTRA has an environment where you need to learn; you need to prosper, you need to bloom; no one is left out. It makes students feel happy to come in every day”
Joe, CTRA graduate
“I liked the school; it felt like home. They see the potential in everyone at this school; if you have a goal, they'll do whatever it takes to help you reach that goal.”
cecilia, CTRA graduate
The Graduates Tell All
Are you asking yourself, is CTRA the right choice for my child?
We sure think so! But don't just take our word for it.
Read below to discover the real difference CTRA makes in the lives of our graduates. Learn about their lives before CTRA, what made their experience here memorable, and see just how they turned their passionate dreams into their professional destiny.
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