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Microsoft Office - FOR FREE!  

Hamden Public Schools is happy to provide all our families with access to the Microsoft Student Advantage program!  This program makes the most current version of Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook) available as a free download on up to 5 devices at the homes of each of our students. Find out how you can take advantage of this great program!

Hamden Youth Center - An After School Program for Students in Grades 7-12

The Hamden Youth Center is an after-school program for Hamden students in grades 7-12, offered by the Hamden Youth Services Bureau. The program runs from 2:30-5:30 each afternoon throughout the year, and is located at 60 Putnam Avenue. It offers activities such as homework help, arts and crafts, games, fooseball, air hockey, ping pong, open gym, basketball, special guests, gardening, dance and much more!

Free after-school bus transportation is provided to the Youth Center from Hamden Middle School and Hamden High School. Registration is required. The registration fee allows participation for the entire year: $50.00 (if your child qualifies for free lunch), $80.00 (if your child qualifies for reduced lunch), $110.00 for all others. The program is for Hamden residents.

For additional information or to register, please contact Christine Buechele, Hamden Youth Center Program Manager, at (203) 288-5333 (between the hours of 2:30-5:30), cwilson@hamden.com or the Hamden Youth Services Bureau main office at 11 Pine Street, (203) 777-2610 (between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). 

School Choice

The School Choice program allows Connecticut students to attend public schools in nearby cities or towns. Enrollments are offered by school districts on a space-available basis in grades K-12.  Lotteries are used to place students when there are more applications than spaces available.
Connecticut schools offer a range of educational programs to meet the diverse needs and career aspirations of its students and include comprehensive local schools, regional vocational-technical schools, vocational agriculture centers, charter schools, and magnet schools. All these programs serve to prepare students for college, the workplace and active citizenship.

Download the 2014-15 Open Choice application

New Online Assessments Are Here!

Connecticut is one of 27 states that have agreed to be part of The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced). The consortium is developing assessments, which it is hoped will more accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness. These online assessments are administered to all Connecticut public school students in grades 3-8. The Smarter Balanced assessment items are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which are addressed in Hamden's revised curriculaFact Sheet for Parents on Smarter Balanced AssessmentsCMT and CAPT Science assessments will still be administered in grades 5, 8 and 11. 

In grade 11, SATs will replace the Smarter Balanced Assessments for Hamden students. 

CCSS for Language Arts and Mathematics:
What your Child Will Learn

The following guides, prepared by the national PTA, highlight what your child will learn in language arts and mathematics by the end of each grade.  These standards are integrated into Hamden's curricula:

Kindergarten     Kindergarten (Spanish) 

1st Grade     1er Grado

2nd Grade    2do Grado         

3rd Grade     3er Grado

4th Grade     4to Grado

5th Grade     5to Grado

6th Grade     6to Grado

7th Grade     7mo Grado

8th Grade     8vo Grado

High School English/Language Arts     Inglés En La Escuela Preparatoria

High School Mathematics     Matemática En La Escuela Preparatoria

Parent Portal: 

The Parent Portal allows for increased school-home communication by providing parents/guardians with online attendance and grading information for their children. 

This year, Hamden Public Schools has migrated to a new more robust student information system, PowerSchool, which will provide access to our Parent Portal. Since we are still in the implementation phase, the Parent Portal is not yet operational. We expect that the Parent Portal will be accessible in late September or early October 2016. Information will be sent home as soon as this valuable tool is available to our families. We thank you for your patience during this transition phase.


Physical Fitness Resources for Kids

The Physical Fitness Resources for Kids site links to a variety of fun ideas for getting and staying active throughout the year.

Click here to view the Hamden Public Schools Wellness Policy


Library Program for Parents and Kids:

Brundage Community Branch Library (91 Circular Avenue) is the site of the Highwood Parents and Communities for Kids (PACK) Program.

PACK serves families in the Highwood Community, focusing on children ages 6-10, their parents and siblings. PACK offers programs that support families wishing to engage with their children in fun learning activities outside of school. Call (203) 287-2675 or (203) 287-7650 for more information.

The Brundage Branch Library has a variety of new materials for people of all ages, including a Spanish language collection for adults and children. It also has 4 computers with internet access and word processing programs.


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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