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About Kinsella Magent School of Performing Arts
Dear Kinsella Parents and Families:
We applaud your choice to have your child or children become part of our exciting, dedicated, creative and energetic Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts family. The staff at KMSPA is ready and willing to provide all the facilities and opportunities for your child's creative educational and performing arts growth. Please join us as we focus on our theme, "Familia" throughout the year. Your child's continued expected education and artistic growth builds upon strong family and school commitments which then creates an exciting, eventful, successful experience!

Again, welcome and we look forward to your involvement and commitment to your child and their academic growth. Our doors are always open. Come, join us and grow and show your gifts!

Welcome to the Family!

Ken O'Brien
Principal
Tracy L. Saperstein, Ed.D.
Assistant Principal
(Pre-K-8)
Kate Dougherty
Assistant Principal
(9-12)
  Joshua Scherer, Dean of Students Eddie Duran, Artistic Director

On behalf of the entire Richard J. Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts staff
Expectations:
  • Each child is unique and will be given the opportunity to achieve to his/her fullest potential.
  • Each child can learn and will be given equal opportunities for learning.
  • Each child and his/her culture will be respected.
  • Each child will learn in a safe, challenging and nurturing academic environment.
  • Each child will participate in an educational setting that is geared to accommodate his/her needs.
  • Teachers will participate in Professional Development workshops that are regularly scheduled.
  • The educational process will be the collaborative responsibility of the R.J. Kinsella community, including teachers, students, and parents.
  • Learning is a lifelong process which prepares students to become productive members in a global society.
Academic/School Programs:
  • All-day Kindergarten and PK Program with Extended Hours
  • Suzuki violin for all preschools and any Kindergarten-3rd grade students interested
  • Emergent Curriculum Model (Learning emerges through student interests) Students in grades 5-8 choose an area of performing arts concentration and receive small group instruction.
  • All students play a musical instrument
  • Portfolio-based assessment
  • Located in the Coltsville Historic section adjacent to Adrianís Landing
  • Community Partnerships
    • Northeast Utilities
  • Partnerships with Hartford Stage, The Bushnell, CT Opera, Hartford Symphony, Hartt School of Music, and Pilobolus, Tom Lee- Storyteller, Connecticut Ballet, Theatre Works, Hartford Children's Theatre, Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts, Elizabeth Thomas- Slam Poet, Hartford City Ballet, Yale Glee Club, Albano Ballet, Amistad, and The Charter Oak Cultural Center
  • Wadworth Atheneum and The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts provide Extended Day Arts development