Norwalk Schools Host First Elementary School Choice Fair


NORWALK — The city’s public schools will hold their first elementary school choice fair next week, giving families the chance to explore all the educational experiences available to their children.

The School Choice Fair will be held at Brookside Elementary School on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Families must register online in advance to attend. The district will be providing shuttle service to school from multiple South Norwalk locations during the evening.

“The way I see the fair is an opportunity for parents to have real-time conversations and ask questions in a relaxed setting,” said Jackie Aarons, principal of Wolfpit Elementary School, which will spend the next year to a magnetic program called Wolfpit Integrated. School of Arts. “It’s a relaxed and informal way to get to know the programs.

All elementary schools will be represented at the fair. Families can learn about the district’s magnet programs focused on language, character, college and career readiness, visual and performing arts, and neighborhood schools.

“This is an opportunity for all schools, even our neighborhood schools, to talk about what makes them different and what makes them special and to connect with families who are coming to the district perhaps for the first time. times,” said Brenda Wilcox Williams, chief staff and communications officer for Norwalk Public Schools, at the board workshop on Tuesday.

Aarons believes that magnetic programs give parents the opportunity to immerse their child in content that already interests them. From an equity perspective, Magnet programs can offer students the opportunity to explore a passion that may not be possible outside of school.

“Perhaps they don’t have the means to take private lessons in music, singing or acting. But if my child can do it in school and after school, we can provide it,” Aarons said. “We really know that kids are more engaged when they’re happy and interested. Why not give them a bit of what they want?

By Tuesday, nearly 100 people had already registered for the elementary school pick fair. Booths will be available at the fair to assist people with the application process for kindergarten and lotteries. Interpreters will also be available, officials said.

Community partners at the fair include the Carver Foundation of Norwalk, the city’s Family Navigator Program, the city’s health department, the Norwalk Community Health Center Mobile Dental Clinic and the Norwalk Mentorship Program. Families can also speak to a district representative for transportation, health services, food services, and special education and student services.

“One of the things we’re looking to do through this process is to make sure that all families in the district understand the process, that all families have access to the different choices throughout the district,” the superintendent said. Alexandra Estrella during the council workshop.

More than 400 families attended the High School Choices Fair in November. The district plans to use the same registration models and processes for elementary lotteries as for high schools.

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