Middle School Program Selection

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

East Hartford Public Schools is committed to providing a high-quality learning experience for every child, every day. To this end, the information below highlights the exciting opportunities available to our students for grades 6-8. The two options are Sunset Ridge School and East Hartford Middle School.

Both schools are designed to meet our student’s diverse needs and interests. Both are also filled with talented, hardworking and passionate people who are committed to making a difference...when we work together, special things happen for our children.

You have a choice in your child’s education. Please consider visiting the information sessions listed below to learn more about your options for the 2022-2023 school year. Then, be sure to make and submit your selection via PowerSchool by March 4, 2022.

With Great East Hartford Pride,

Tyron V. Harris, Board of Education Chairman

Nathan D. Quesnel, Superintendent

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Sunset Ridge School is an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme for East Hartford students in grades 6-8. Sunset Ridge provides students with the opportunity to develop their interests as well as their academic and artistic talents. The school encourages students to drive their own learning and work together with their peers in an international/global studies curriculum that meets the standards of IB’s Middle Years Programme.

At Sunset Ridge your child can learn Chinese or Spanish and participate in many fine arts programs throughout the school year. Fine arts opportunities include band, orchestra, choir, art, and digital design (technology).

While Sunset Ridge provides students with a rigorous education, complete with 1:1 devices, it also focuses on developing caring, knowledgeable, principled, and open-minded learners.

Students enrolled at Sunset Ridge have the opportunity to participate in a variety of intramural athletics alongside the students at East Hartford Middle School.

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International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. It is defined by six trans-disciplinary themes of global significance and is explored using knowledge and skills derived from six subject areas with a powerful emphasis on inquiry-based learning. Students who are placed at Sunset Ridge Middle School will be eligible to apply for placement at the CT IB Academy (CIBA) for high school.

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EHMS is a large comprehensive school that allows students in grades 6-8 to participate in rigorous academic and enrichment programming within a small team environment, supported by 1:1 technology. EHMS offers college preparatory and honors-level courses as well as innovative and engaging elective programs in the areas of technology, art, and music education. Students can participate in afterschool activities including clubs and sports. EHMS has been recognized as a New England Spotlight School and has received the Connecticut Association of Schools Exemplary School Climate Award.


EHMS offers college preparatory learning academies that are designed to promote maturity, responsibility, and academic achievement. Each academy is designed to accelerate learning, increase achievement, and foster independent thinking. Students are expected to explore, experiment, critically reason, and stay committed to tasks and projects. Students get an opportunity to engage in hands-on and minds-on activities to promote inquiry based learning and a problem solving approach.

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Each academy offers honors and college preparatory courses to students based on their abilities, willingness to work, and commitment to school responsibilities. Academies provide a structured, smaller learning environment with consistent routines and clear expectations. The staff works daily on social emotional learning and building positive relationships with students.

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Contact Information and Upcoming Information Sessions

Sunset Ridge School

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme

Daniel Catlin, Principal

Alexandra Turner, Assistant Principal

INFORMATION SESSION: January 19th at 6:00pm

East Hartford Middle School

Anthony Menard, Principal

Joseph Pearce, First Assistant Principal

Deborah Houghton, Assistant Principal

Jillian Bernard, Assistant Principal

INFORMATION SESSION: January 26th at 6:00pm

Click Here to Make Your Selection in PowerSchool

Instructions: Log into your PowerSchool Parent Portal account by clicking the button above. Then go to Forms > Middle School Program Selection to make your choice.

Deadline: March 4, 2022

Please note any requests received after this date will be added to a waitlist.