As Danbury gets set to open its new STEM academy, school officials are looking at what other specialized choices for Middle School students can be offered. The West Side Middle School Academy will house the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program as well as the a Global Studies Academy. Mill Ridge was closed in 2010 and is being retrofitted with these academies to relieve overcrowding in the schools and to provide more specialized choices for students.
Deputy Superintendent of Schools Dr Bill Glass says they're looking at the possibility of opening three small learning academies at the two middle schools. They would be in the fields of health and bio science performing arts, and environmental science magnet academies.
Glass says they are studying whether to open a performing arts magnet academy at each middle school because there's a lot of interest in the field. Western Connecticut State University is currently constructing a new performing arts center. Glass says this would be a naturally occurring opportunity to build on the connection that already exists between Danbury Public Schools and Western.
Glass says a health and bio science academy at Broadview Middle School with an environmental studies academy at Rogers Park Middle School are possibilities being studied. Danbury Hospital has expressed an interest in working with the City on the Broadview academy. Rogers Park is near an old quarry, nature preserve, Tarrywile Park, a pond and organic gardens.