Saturday, August 1, 2015

 Classical Studies Magnet Academy

Grades 3rd - 8th


Classical Studies Magnet Academy


Grades Kindergarten - 2nd

 240 Linwood Avenue  659 Beechwood Avenue
 Bridgeport, CT 06606 Bridgeport, CT 06605
Phone: (203) 576-7188 Phone: (203) 337-2342
Fax: (203) 337-0195Fax(203)576-8378 

Principal : Helen D. Giles

Assistant Principal : Lindsay A. Davis

The Classical Studies Magnet Academy 2015-2016 Lottery

should be available online as of Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Please go to and follow these prompts:

CLick on the Elementary Schools tab, Select Classical Studies Magnet Academy, and Select the blue tab on the right-hand margin, Click Here to Apply.  All applications should be completed and submitted electronically by the date indicated on the application.

*Please note, if you have a chld who already attends CSMA, and have a sibling you would like to attend they too must enter through the lottery. Siblings of students already enrolled are automatic entry if they are entering Kindergarten, and pushed to the top of the waiting list if in any other grade.  As long as there is space in the specific grade your child will be accepted into the program.  Please be sure to complete the sibling section of the lottery should this apply to you.

Should you have any additional inquires, please contact Student Support at the district office:



All Students will continue to be engaged, responsible, independent learners, in a safe, collaborative, environment that promotes diversity, self-esteem, independent, and critical thinking skills that are necessary to become self-sufficient, life-long learners who are college-ready and prepared to succeed in life, with 21st century skills.

Welcome Back Letter

Dear CSMA family,

Welcome to a new school year! It is with great pleasure that we write to welcome you to the 2014-2015 school year at Classical Studies Magnet Academy. We hope that your summer has been filled with fun family activities enjoyed at a leisurely pace under beautiful, blue skies filled with sunshine. Summer concludes quickly and our thoughts turn to preparing for the beginning of another school year. This is always an exciting time of the year.

Our first event of the school year will be our Annual Meet & Greet on Sunday, August 24, 2014. This year, instead of a barbecue we will have an ice cream social. We will celebrate becoming a magnet school as well as our new middle school. This effort is being organized by the Parent Advisory Council. The details are included in a flyer accompanying this letter.

Please join me in welcoming new staff members to CSMA:

Mrs. Lindsay Davis – Assistant Principal (Mrs. Carbone was promoted to Principal of High Horizons)

Miss Jennifer Beauleau, Science Wizard (Ms. Coy accepted a classroom teaching position in another district)

Miss Stephanie Volturno, Math Problem Solver (Miss Alexander was moved to 5th grade as Miss Gaie was promoted Literacy Coach at Johnson School)

Miss Emily Fennik, Language Arts Interventionist/Library Media

Mrs. Tegan Willis, Middle School Math Teacher

Miss Samantha Bookbinder, Middle School Science Teacher

Miss Stephanie Clark, Middle School Language Arts Teacher

Mr. Dennis Hook, Head Custodian (Mr. Matt was transferred to Dunbar)

The Classical Studies Magnet Academy staff looks forward to the honor of working with the parents and community to provide another year of educational opportunities for our scholars. The type of education that enables each scholar to have the courage and academic understanding to reach for any goal and overcome any challenge so that every child can truly realize they have the ability to become whatever they dream. I would like to challenge each scholar attending CSMA this school year to have the courage to reach for their dreams and the commitment to complete the hard work it takes to achieve the goals. Developing courage and backing it with hard work will help allow each scholar to have the confidence in their abilities so they can earn successes they can be proud of accomplishing.

Our educators at CSMA are excited about the new students they will have in their classes and wait with great anticipation for the opportunity to help develop the potential abilities in each child. As you know, education takes everyone working together. With a commitment to courage and hard work I am convinced every student can be successful. I would like to encourage each parent to make a commitment to working hand-in-hand with the school in order to give our scholars the best education available.

There are some matters of great importance that need to be addressed. Please read the information enclosed regarding bus students. In addition, we have had situations when families are consistently late in picking students up at the end of the day. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to accommodate these actions. If families are late picking up students more than 3 times, the student will be returned to his/her neighborhood school. We are asking that you be diligent in picking up students on time. While we do realize that emergency situations arise, students should not be picked up late on a consistent basis.

Lastly, if there is a change in your child’s pick-up/dismissal routine the Main Office MUST be notified in writing. We will no longer accept calls requesting that your child be removed from the bus, or he/she will be picked up for early dismissal. For reasons of safety and security we MUST receive a note in writing. We have created a form for your use that will accommodate numerous requests. If you do not have a form you can write it on a plain piece of paper. The safety and security of all students is a joint responsibility and we are asking for your cooperation in this matter.

Once again, welcome back to another exciting school year. I want to challenge each scholar to enter school on the first day expecting this to be a positive and successful school year. We’ll see you on Opening Day, August 28, 2014!

With great excitement,

Helen D. Giles

School Uniform Colors
Pants:  Khaki
Tops:  White, Burgundy