Norwalk, Connecticut – Schools
In the Norwalk public school district there are twelve elementary schools: Brookside, Columbus Magnet, Cranbury, Fox Run, Jefferson, Kendall, Marvin, Naramake, Rowayton, Silvermine, Tracey, and Wolfpit. In addition to this, the city has four middle schools, for grades 6th to 8th: West Rocks Middle School, Nathan Hale Middle School, Roton Middle School and Ponus Ridge Middle School.
Covering grades 9th to 12th there are three public high schools in Norwalk. The oldest one is Norwalk High School, founded in 1902. This is a high school that is member of the FCIAC athletic conference and provides a theater, gymnasium, swimming pool, library and cafeteria; besides this, their football and basketball teams have won several competitions and championships. Another high school is Brien McMahon High School, founded in 1960 and named after the U.S. senator Brien McMahon. Here you can find the Center for Global Studies which offers incredible opportunities for learning about the Japanese and Chinese cultures or foreign languages such as Arabic or Chinese. In addition to this, students can also follow a course called Middle Eastern Studies. The third high school in Norwalk, Connecticut is Briggs High School, named after Dr. Richard C. Briggs, who was superintendent of schools from 1971 until 1980. This high school was formerly known as the Briggs Center for Vocational Arts and it represents an alternative to the more traditional ways of learning offered by the other two. Here, students can take photography classes and they are given the opportunity to enroll in the Briggs-Norwalk Community College Academy, and take classes from the Norwalk Community College while they still go to high school.
The private school system makes available four different educational institutions: All Saints Catholic School, pre-school to 8th grade, the Montessori Middle School for grades 5th to 8th, the Winston Preparatory School, and the Connecticut Friends School.
In terms of post-secondary education, Norwalk has two colleges: the Norwalk Community College, which offers 40 associate degrees and 27 certificate programs, and Katharine Gibbs College, specializing in design, business administration, criminal justice, health care, and computer technology.