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Hamden is one of only three Connecticut communities that made Money Magazine's Top 50 "Best Places to Live" in the country! West Hartford and Greenwich are the other two Connecticut communities to share this honor with Hamden. The magazine noted that Hamden combines picturesque hills and valleys with "A great school system, affordable housing and abundant natural beauty."
Please let our legislators know that Hamden needs more of our share of the ECS (Education Cost Sharing) Fund. Find out how you can help at www.Hamden.org/ECS.
Do you have an idea for how we can make Hamden Public Schools even better? Maybe you've thought about ways to improve parent involvement, after school programs or other aspects of our school system?Our superintendent, Jody Goeler, would love to hear your thoughts- so he has created "Thursday Office Hours" every Thursday morning from 7:30-8:30. Visit the Superintendent's Office page under DISTRICT INFORMATION for details!

Parents and Community Info

2017-18 School Calendar Now Available

Interested in looking ahead to what the next school year schedule will bring? Take a look at our Hamden Public Schools 2017-18 calendar, which was recently approved by the Board of Education.


Wintergreen Lottery Application Now Available

Applications are now being accepted for HAMDEN resident students who wish to participate in the lottery to attend the Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School for the 2017-2018 school year. Applications are available in all elementary schools, Hamden Middle School, Wintergreen Magnet School, Hamden Public Schools' Central Office (60 Putnam Avenue), or you can download the application in digital format.  Students will be selected for admission through a computerized lottery process.  Please be aware that due to class size limitations, there will be extremely limited placements made in grades one through seven.  The deadline for receipt of applications for this year's lottery is February 10, 2017.


Elementary Report Card Parent Guide Now Available

Click here to access the Hamden Public Schools Elementary Report Card Parent Guide.

School Closing Information

There are times when we need to delay opening, close early, or cancel school entirely. There are a variety of reasons for such action, but weather is the primary one. View a letter from Superintendent Goeler about our process for making decisions on delays and closings. 


For your convenience, times for weather-related early dismissals are listed here. (Please note that early dismissal times for holidays, parent conferences and teacher professional development are different.)

  • Hamden High School   10:30 AM
  • Hamden Middle School   11:00 AM
  • Church Street, Dunbar Hill, Helen Street & Shepherd Glen    11:30 AM
  • Bear Path, Ridge Hill, Spring Glen & West Woods   12:00 PM
  • HCLC  10:00 AM
  • Alice Peck:  Elementary (full-day classes), Extended-Day PreK classes and morning PreK classes dismiss at 11:15 AM, Afternoon PreK classes are cancelled. 
  • School Readiness Classes will dismiss according to their own schedule, as transportation is not provided.
Please note that when school is closed early or closed for the day due to weather conditions, all after-school activities are also cancelled, unless a specific exception has been granted by the superintendent.

Help Hamden Get the State Funding We Deserve!

Find out more and sign our e-Petition.


Visit our Parents' Page for Many More Interesting Links!


Free Software for HPS Students!

Microsoft Office Available - Free!

If you have a student attending one of our schools, you can get the latest version of Microsoft Office FOR FREE! Read about the Microsoft Student Advantage Program in Hamden and find out how you can download copies onto up to 5 home devices.

Learn Keyboarding Skills!

Knowing how to type is an essential skill these days. Hamden offers free home access to the keyboarding program we use in school - Type2Learn. Follow the link to download a copy of Type2Learn for your home computer.

Hamden Heroes

Hamden Heroes is a new program that recognizes outstanding students and staff from each of our schools. "Heroes" are selected for their caring attitudes, courage and contributions to their schools and the greater community. Heroes are honored at Board of Education meetings, with one staff and one student Hero selected from each school. Read about our Heroes! 


Our Alumni are AWESOME!

We are just beginning to collect stories and pictures that showcase our wonderful alumni! Visit our Alumni Page to read about a few of our amazing alumni, and feel free to suggest an outstanding alum for inclusion on our site!

"Tweets" from Our Superintendent!



Our Amazing Students and Staff!

Helen Street Students Sing!

It doesn't get much better than this! Helen Street children wowed their parents and others in the Helen Street community with a beautiful assortment of holiday songs! Fa la la la laaaaa, la la la la!


New HHS Team Makes us Proud in Boston!

On December 12, twelve members of our new Junior State of America (JSA) team joined over 700 students at the national conference in Boston. (The purpose of JSA is to help high school students acquire leadership skills and the knowledge necessary to be effective debaters and civic participants.) Two of our students, Al Blair and Rody Conway were awarded best speaker, both taking home the prize! The Hamden delegation won four awards overall - we couldn't be more proud of our JSA Team! 


Congratulations to the Hamden Chamber of Commerce "Chamber Choice" Winners!

Each year, the Hamden Chamber of Commerce honors some of Hamden's finest - in business, in the community, and in our schools. This year, we congratulate "Business Students of the Year" Meghan Baslici, Brittney Cifarelli and Brittney Stoyer, and "Educator of the Year" Luann Gallicchio! We also send a shout-out to Board of Education member Lynn Campo and her husband Lee, whose company was named "Business of the Year!"

Hamden Honored as a High Achievement Energy Leader! 

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016, the Town of Hamden’s energy efficiency efforts were recognized at a special ceremony held at the Energize Connecticut Center in North Haven. The ENERGY STAR® Achievement Ceremony was developed by United Illuminating (UI), to honor municipalities for their recent ENERGY STAR eligibility or certifications, as well as a continued commitment to the Clean Energy Communitieses program sponsored through the Energize Connecticut initiative. View the Press Release.

Yale New Haven Hospital Recognizes HCLC Students and Teachers 

Congratulations to Mona Costantini, Raijuana Wiiliams and.Geraldine Botte who were honored recently at the Yale New Haven Hospital Toy Closet Recognition Gala. These fabulous women donated stuffed bears crafted in their “Helping Hands” mini-course at HCLC. A big shout out to all the students (past and present) who have contributed to this worthwhile cause.

    • ThuJan26 Early Dismissal Prof. Dev.
    • TueJan31 Special BOE Meeting: Sup't Budget Presentation 7:00 PM60 Putnam Ave
    • WedFeb08 HMS Conferences
    • WedFeb15 HHS Conferences
    • MonFeb20 No School Winter Recess
    • TueFeb21 No School Winter Recess

It is the mission of Hamden Public Schools to ensure all our students learn to the best of their potential each and every day they are entrusted to our care.

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