Mission Statement  

The Friendship School is a leading magnet school for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten aged children that partners with families to foster kindness and a life-long love of learning through exploration, curiosity, and leadership.

  About The School  

Highlights of The Friendship School

  • 520 students – pre-kindergarten and kindergarten aged children
  • Full-day, year-round (including comprehensive support services) family resource center
  • Kindergarten classrooms are full day with out-of-school-time care options that are funded by parent fees
  • Pre-kindergarten programs are based on individual family and student needs as indicated on the IEPs of children with identified special needs
  • Before and after school child care is available on a fee-for-service basis provided by Carelot Children's Center, Inc.
  • Head Start and non-Head Start preschoolers have full time educational offerings
  • NEASC, Head Start Standards, CT Standards for Preschool and Readiness Programs are included
  • School calendar: 180 educational days for students; maximum of 187 for teaching staff; the Waterford school calendar will be followed
  • Full day/full year learning opportunities are available with some parent fees funding those options
  • Students are selected from each town by lottery


Program Goals

The Friendship School will…

  • promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and creative growth in children through a developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • provide full day kindergarten and options for year-round program and before and after school time childcare
  • educate children in a culturally and economically diverse learning community
  • develop children’s readiness skills through a language and literacy-based curriculum
  • develop children’s early technology skills in a developmentally appropriate curriculum
  • provide all children with high quality, inclusive early education and care
  • facilitate a smooth transition for children and families to and from early education programs
  • establish positive health, safety, and nutritional practices for children and families
  • offer comprehensive children’s support and related services
  • promote and facilitate comprehensive family involvement and support
  • form partnerships with organizations and businesses