Frequently Asked Questions
How does Six to Six compare to other local schools?
Connecticut allows parents to choose where they send their child to school and Six to Six, which is a public school, is one of those options. There are likely similarities and differences between Six to Six and your local district school. Like most schools across the state, our K-8 curriculum is aligned with the CT Core Standards and our preschool curriculum is aligned with the CT Early Learning and Development Standards.
Science, Mathematics, and Technology focus.
High academic standards in a child-centered learning environment.
Science: Science curriculum is enriched through partnerships with the Maritime Aquarium (Norwalk), Eli Whitney Museum (Hamden), and the Lewis Center (a partner of NASA). These partnerships provide opportunities that range from building a working violin to study sound, exploring a salt marsh as a part of an environmental study or controlling a radio telescope as a continuation of light, sound and planetary studies. We value innovative learning by exploring and piloting STEM-aligned projects and programs like Project Lead the Way, JASON, and Engineering is Elementary. Children also enjoy trips to Webb Mountain in Monroe, Yale Peabody Museum, Short Beach in Stratford, Audubon Society of Fairfield, Great Meadows Marsh in Stratford, Old Mine Park, and the Milford Audubon. Six to Six students participate in the CT Science & Engineering and the Girls’ Science Olympics at Lauralton Hall.
Technology: Preschool through Grade 8 classrooms have interactive whiteboard technology. We have laptop computers on mobile carts for grades 3–8 (one per grade level), 24 personal computers in the Library Computer Lab, 22 Chromebook, 30 Samsung Tablets, digital cameras, Flip video cameras, a 3D printer and various Vernier science probes and meters. Each student (K-8) engages in a weekly class on library/technology skills. This class focuses on mouse and keyboarding skills, digital citizenship, presentation and spreadsheet software, coding, and robotics.
Math: Teachers use a variety of curriculum resources and approaches to plan high-quality experiences to build students’ conceptual understanding of math. These curriculum resources include Creative Curriculum, The Project Approach, TERC Investigations, Engage NY, Exemplars, Big Ideas, and websites including IXL and Khan
Literacy: Teachers support students in becoming life-long readers and writers through a variety of approaches and curriculum resources, including Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop from Columbia University, EngageNY, Expeditionary Learning, Creative Curriculum and The Project Approach. The Wilson Fundations word study program for Grades K-3 builds children’s phonemic awareness, phonics and spelling skills.
NAEYC accreditation for our full-day preschool and kindergarten program.
We have a low staff-to-student ratio that allows for differentiation of instruction. Our staff also includes specialists/coaches in Literacy, Math, Science, and Technology who support teachers in developing and implementing curriculum.
Spanish instruction in preschool through Grade 8.
A school community that reflects and embraces diversity.
Families actively engaged in school governance and volunteerism.
Responsive Classroom and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports.
Resources to support today’s families such as high-quality before- and after-school programs, Family Resource Center, School-based Health Center.
The opportunity to experience the continuity of preschool through Grade 8 in a nurturing learning community (Our upper school building is called the Thurgood Marshall Middle School for Social Justice. This is not a separate school, but part of Six to Six.)
Active PTSA (Parent-Teacher-Student Association).
Who manages Six to Six Magnet School?
Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) manages Six to Six. C.E.S. is one of six Regional Educational Service Centers in Connecticut and services 16 lower Fairfield County districts. Our school also has a site-based School Planning and Management Team that includes parents, as well as staff and administration. The C.E.S. Representative Council serves as our Board of Education.
How is Six to Six Magnet School funded?
Through a combination of CT State Department of Education (CSDE) grants and district tuitions. There is a tuition for the preschool program of $95 per week. We also have received funds from grants, area foundations and corporate donations.
How many students attend Six to Six? What are the typical class sizes?
There are approximately 470 students at Six to Six. Typical class sizes are about 20 students.
How does the application process work?
Applications will be accepted online at www.ces.k12.ct.us/admissions through March 2, 2018. Each year a waiting list of applicants is generated through a blind lottery. A separate lottery is held for applicants from each town/city by grade level. Children are admitted to Six to Six based on the availability of space and their number on the waiting list.
In each grade level there are students from our member districts of Bridgeport, Stratford, Fairfield, Trumbull and Monroe. Children from other towns may be admitted to fill a vacancy when we reach our maximum student enrollment from our listed member districts.
You can view waiting lists in our main office any time after March 31, 2018. Information regarding a child's standing on the waiting list cannot be given over the phone or through email. You will only receive communication from Six to Six if there is a space being offered to your family. We will notify families of vacancies by phone or mail as early as April and as late as September.
How are families engaged at Six to Six?
Families and teachers must be partners in order to support a child to achieve high levels of academic success. Each grade has a Family-School Compact that outlines how families and teachers work together to support children in achieving goals. Families actively engage in school governance and volunteerism. In regard to school governance, parents serve as members of our School Planning and Management Team. They are also encouraged to volunteer in classrooms and actively participate in our Parent-Teacher-Student Association.
Do you provide special education services?
Six to Six and the sending district work collaboratively with all special education cases. As a public school, we provide all special education services required under state law. The sending district is financially obligated to cover the cost of special education for a student and actively participates in all aspects of the process.
How should you interpret standardized test scores?
Six to Six is required to participate in statewide standardized testing. In the past students completed The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and currently complete the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests. This test is one tool used to measure student performance. We utilize the standardized testing results to inform our annual Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. We are proud that our students continue to improve performance each year. We have been recognized as one of the highest performing Connecticut schools in regard to closing the achievement gap for minority student subgroups.
Is transportation provided?
Transportation to interdistrict magnet schools is not mandated under Connecticut law. Currently, Bridgeport, Monroe, Fairfield, and Trumbull transport students to Six to Six for students in kindergarten through Grade 8. Cooperative Educational Services will provide transportation for Stratford students attending the Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School. (Click here to see the Stratford schedule and routes.) No other district provides transportation to and from the school. Preschool students must be transported by the family. Transportation is not provided for families to attend before and after school. Any questions about transportation can be directed to the school district:
Bridgeport 203-275-1020, Fairfield 203-255-8385, Trumbull 203-452-4321, Monroe 203-261-2691, Stratford - Six to Six 203-365-8200.
How does before and after school work?
Before and After School are parent fee-based programs. The cost for before school is $50 per week. The cost for after school is $100 per week. If you need both, the cost is $150 per week. On average we have 36 weeks of before and after school in an academic year. We staff before and after school with our own employees. Before school is available from 6-8:15 a.m. After school is available from 3-6 p.m. We do offer a daily program ($10 per day for before school and $20 per day for after school), which requires a contract and payment a month in advance.
Are there extracurricular activities?
In addition to the various activities that occur in our afterschool program, including swimming, technology, and cooking, we also hvarious after school clubs. These have included student council, yearbook club, history day club, intramural basketball, intramural volleyball, book clubs, etc.
Join us for the 9th Annual C.E.S. 5k Fall Classic! The race along the shoreline of beautiful Seaside Park in Bridgeport is ideal for runners of all ages and abilities. The event also includes a two-mile walk for nonrunners. All proceeds benefit C.E.S. educational programs. Medals will be awarded to top three finishes in each age group. Long-sleeved t-shirts also given to the first 150 registrants. Top overall finishers will receive additional prizes.