NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Thursday is back to school day for kids in New Haven. It’s going to be an extra special day for students at one magnet school.
New Haven Academy has been doing several things well for several years, but finding a permanent home wasn’t one of them. That changes this school year. Students will finally be going to classes in a school that is all theirs.
“We have occupied 4 different building in 14 years, but our mission has always remained the same,” said New Haven Academy co-founder Meredith Garvin at a ribbon-cutting ceremony. “To prepare all of our students to be successful in college and to be active citizens.”
New Haven Academy actually has one of the highest college success rates in the city. It started out as a small school of just a few dozen students, focused on social justice. The quotes on the freshly painted walls show that it takes that mission seriously. But getting NHA its own building took a lot of people a lot of time.
“This building wouldn’t be here without their fight,” said New Haven Academy principal Greg Baldwin. “They knew they would never see this or come to this school, but they were so committed to our vision and our success.”
It is the 41st school to get this kind of overhaul in New Haven’s school construction program. It’s not the biggest, because the school is only designed for about 300 students. Still, those students say it is going to be great.
“I’m excited about it,” said student Camryn Shaw. “The school has come a long way from our old building to this one now with all of our state of the art school supplies.”
The school sits at 444 Orange Street. It was previously St. Mary’s School and then Co-op High School. The total bill for transforming it into this new school was $44 million.