Waterbury Arts Magnet School
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Waterbury Arts Magnet School
Waterbury Arts Magnet School
16 South Elm Street


United States
School typePublic Magnet School
Mottoarts= Achieve Respect Trust and Succeed
School districtWaterbury Public Schools
SuperintendentDr. Kathleen Ouellette
PrincipalLauren F. Elias
Average class size28
Classes offeredAcademics and Arts
Hours in school day6 hours and 30 minutes
Communities servedWaterbury, Naugatuck, Plymouth/Terryville, Region 15, Thomaston, Wolcott

The Waterbury Arts Magnet School is a public middle/high school located in downtown Waterbury, Connecticut. The school offers students a demanding core curriculum, including six Advanced Placement classes supplemented by numerous performing and visual arts course offerings.[1] The school opened in 2004 alongside the newly renovated Palace Theater, to which the school is granted limited access for assemblies and performances.[2] Prominent features of the school include various performance spaces, state of the art music labs, a state of the art television studio,[3] and a broad use of modern technologies throughout the entire learning environment.

The Waterbury Arts Magnet School serves eight hundred and twenty students in grades six through twelve from towns throughout the Greater Waterbury area, including Waterbury, Middlebury, Southbury, Naugatuck, Wolcott, Thomaston and Plymouth. Any student from a participating town may apply to the school. Admission is based upon the results of a lottery.

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

The middle school wing of the Waterbury Arts Magnet School consists of grades 6-8. Most of the classes for middle school students are chosen for them, allowing them limited choice in their preferred area of arts. The years are a time of exploring the different types of arts, mainly theater, dance, music, and world language classes.

High School (Grades 9-12)

The high school wing of the Waterbury Arts Magnet School consists of grades 9-12. High school students have more options in choosing their desired arts classes.


Art classes offered at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School include:

  • Theatre (technical theatre, stage management, acting, directing, musical theatre, Shakespeare, playwriting, theatre production)
  • Visual art (ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, photography, painting, drawing)
  • Dance (ballet, tap, jazz, modern, choreography, dance performance)
  • Music (digital music, band, chorus, orchestra, voice, piano, guitar, Jazz band, drum line)
  • Other classes (video production, set design, computers, marketing, business management, personal finance, accounting)


Sports are not offered at the school; however, students can participate in their district schools

Notable students


Coordinates: 41°33?16?N 73°02?14?W / 41.5544°N 73.0371°W / 41.5544; -73.0371

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