Information About Andover

ANDOVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS

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RECENT SCHOOL AWARDS

  • Ranked as #1 Education System in CT, Fall 2015, by Connecticut Magazine, of towns with median home prices, $200K-$249K.
  • Ranked as #1 “Highest Performing” Elementary School in CT, 2014-2015, by Connecticut State Department of Education.
  • Top 12% of Connecticut Elementary Schools, 2018, on Niche.com.
  • Teacher of the Year, Spring 2018, awarded by CT PTA.
  • Champions Award, 2016, and Robot Performance Award, 2017, Connecticut Lego League State Competition.

 

STUDENT ACADEMIC HEALTH

  • “Makerspace” student technology center.
  • Small, student-centered school, Pre-K – 6th Grade.
  • Average Pupil to Classroom Teacher Ratio = 14 Students/Teacher.
  • Full-day Pre-K and Kindergarten.
  • Nationally accredited full-day preschool.
  • 1:1 ratio of computers in grades 5 and 6.
  • 75% of students in grades 3 – 6 at or better than the goal on the State Smarter Balance Assessment.
  • Regional 6 – 12 secondary school, RHAM Middle School, ranked in top 15% CT Middle Schools, 2018 (Niche.com).
  • Strong parent/family involvement.

 

STUDENT SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PHYSICAL HEALTH

  • K – 6 classes in Health: making positive choices, eating healthy foods.
  • CT Healthy Foods certification.
  • School-wide positive student recognition:

Silver Sneaker Award

Lunch with the Principal

School Assemblies

  • Student “buddies” for new students.
  • Focused support from School Social Worker, School Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, School Nurse.
  • Positive student comments from School Climate Survey (May 2018).

  “The teachers care about us, and always help us do our best.”

  “The classrooms are cheerful and the outdoors is very spacious and fun.”

  “It’s really fun and safe and the teachers care about the children. Also, people always treat all the new kids really well and they make you feel welcome.”

 

AES FACULTY AND STAFF

  • 100% classroom and specials teachers fully certified by State of Connecticut.
  • Specials teachers for Art, Music, PE/Health, Library/Media, Technology, Special Education, Reading, Math, and Spanish.
  • Full-time School Nurse.
  • Pre-K paraprofessionals trained in Early Childhood Education.
  • Staff certified in First Aid, CPR, and Behavior Supports.

 

SPECIAL SUBJECT AREAS

  • Spanish taught in grades 3 through 6.
  • Computer Education taught in Pre-K through grade 6.
  • Chorus, Beginner Band, Advanced Band, Jazz Band.
  • Annual special school-wide projects including Art Show, Science Fair, Geography Jamboree, Curriculum Night.

 

STUDENT CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

  • Lego League
  • After-school Clubs: Archery, Chess, Lego, Technology, Homework.
  • Andover Community Service Day.
  • Before and after school on-site child care.

 

FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

  • Excellent, well-maintained buildings and grounds.
  • New grant-funded playground and pavilion for preschool and older students.
  • Security upgrades.
  • Proximity to Fire/Police Stations.

 

RECREATION

  • Andover Lake
  • Proximity to:
  • Gay City State Park – hiking, biking, swimming
  • Nathan Hale Homestead and State Forest
  • Salmon River State Forest
  • Hop River State Park 6-mile trail – walking, biking, horseback riding
  • Andover Public Library
  • Museum of Andover History – see andoverconnecticut.homestead.com
  • Andover Recreation Commission – student and adult activities year-round
  • Andover Long Hill Ball Field

 

HOUSING AND TAXES

Andover provides a variety of housing options for renters and homeowners.

Visit the following websites for current availability:

www.realtor.com

www.zillow.com

www.trulia.com