Superintendent's Message

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Welcome to North Haven Public Schools!
Our school district is comprised of about 3,150 students. It houses four elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school of approximately 1,000 students.
Within our elementary schools, we offer two programs; the Contemporary and Integrated Day Programs. The Contemporary Program provides a single grade level learning environment where students work both individually and in small groups. Students in the Contemporary program actively explore content and develop the necessary skills to grow into lifelong learners. Students utilize partnerships to provide peer feedback and explain their thinking to others. Students approach learning tasks in ways that will be effective for them as individuals. Individualized goal setting is an integral part of the workshop model and allows students to monitor their growth.
The Integrated Day Program has been offered in North Haven for more than 45 years and was based on the Montessori and British primary school approaches to education. ID’s goals are to foster inventiveness, creativeness, self-initiative, individuality and self-image, as well as academic competence in the context of a classroom community. Those goals are centered around a multi-grade classroom environment that utilizes project based work along with district curriculum to emphasize different academic areas in one topic. There is an expectation that each student will be an active participant in the learning process while relying on multi-grade peer modeling. The ID program embraces a holistic approach to learning and incorporates cross curricular content into project based assignments.
North Haven Middle School, opening in 2017, and North Haven High School, opening in 2005, are state of the art learning environments. Both schools are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Each school is organized into interdisciplinary teams consisting of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, and world language. North Haven High School has also updated and increased the number of classes to meet the class of 2023 graduation requirements. There is a broad selection of classes which focus on science, technology, engineering, arts and math as well as the humanities.
The North Haven Public Schools’ teachers and staff are highly committed to the education of our students. Our goal is to provide safe schools where the social and emotional health of our students is paramount. There is also a history of a strong partnership between the school district and town which greatly enhances the quality of education we provide.
Thank you.
Patrick Stirk, Superintendent