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SSK 6903 1 1The STEM Magnet School at Annie Fisher offers an advanced academic program focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students participate in an academically challenging curriculum with rigorous science and math instruction. Teachers use an innovative, hands-on inquiry approach for instruction in all content areas. Students observe and ask questions, create and conduct their own investigations, analyze their data to draw conclusions, and communicate their findings to others. This process cultivates intrinsic motivation for learning. Students at STEM not only receive a state-of-the-art education, but are also immersed in a nurturing, collaborative environment built on a partnership between home, school, and the community. Upon completion of the STEM at Annie Fisher curriculum, students are offered a preference into the University High School of Science and Engineering.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School is to educate and empower all students through the integrated study of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, as highly effective innovators and communicators who can creatively solve problems and compete as responsible global citizens.   


Vision Statement

The Annie Fisher STEM Magnet School community is a collaborative, rigorous and positive learning environment in which staff, families and community partners inspire and prepare students to achieve at high levels, to succeed in college and career, and to be leaders in the global economy.

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• A state-of-the-art facility that has been specifically designed to support STEM education

• Students will have extensive laboratory experiences using the most contemporary technologies for scientific inquiry, mathematical calculation, and engineering design

• The Connecticut Science Center partners with the school for student experiential learning opportunities and teacher professional development 

• Full day Kindergarten

• STEM EXPO participation in grades K-2, 5-8

• A science exploratory curriculum with exposure to engineering connections

• Invention Convention participation in grades 3 and 4

• Technology training will include the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Sketch-Up, Probeware, etc. 

• Extensive use of technology including lap-top computers, engineering software, CAD, Google Sketch-up, Dimension 3D printer, and electronic presentations in all classes


SSK 6918 1 1Annie Fisher STEM Magnet Selected as 2012 National Blue Ribbon School

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program, sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, measures academic excellence based on a school’s performance on state standardized examinations, such as the Connecticut Mastery Test. The program also singles out schools that significantly improve learning, when more than 40 percent of their students come from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This year, STEM at Fisher recorded an Overall School Index (OSI) of 88.3 percentage points, the third highest in the district. The school, which has 359 students in grades K through 8, also registered an OSI increase from the previous year of 7.3 percentage points – and the highest overall increase of any Hartford public school (42.8 percentage points) since the district’s reform began in 2006. Nearly 60 percent of the students at STEM at Fisher are eligible for federal free and reduced meals based on family income.

“Receiving the National Blue Ribbon Award is an honor that validates how a community with one common vision, dream and belief that every child is deserving of a phenomenal educational experience will surpass academic expectations and beat the odds,” Principal Brady said. “I am humbled by our 359 students, 59 staff members and 325 families who give their time, energy, effort and love to ensure that our school is a success. It is without a shadow of a doubt that this acknowledgement recognizes the power of collaboration, partnership, and educational autonomy that drives reform.”

(To see complete article go on hartfordschools.org)