Rowayton School has a rich history of service to the community.
If you have not had an opportunity to view the Introduction
to Rowayton Area Schools please take a moment to do so. As the
Metropolitan New York megalopolis rippled outward into the southwest corner
of Connecticut, the Rowayton School became a suburban school. However,
it has never lost its strong attachment to the local Rowayton "village".
The school is one of twelve elementary schools in the City of Norwalk,
each serving six grade levels, kindergarten through fifth grade. The
student body of approximately 350 students is truly representative of
the diversity of Norwalk; nearly half of the students travel to Rowayton
School from other areas of Norwalk. The school is the smallest of the
twelve Norwalk elementary schools, and as a result enjoys a sense of
Rather than go on at length about the many achievements and attributes
of the Rowayton School students, staff, parents and greater school community,
we have extracted pertinent facts from the 1994-95 School Handbook:
· Incoming kindergartners are visited at their nursery/day
care programs by the principal during the months of May and June. The
average class size for kindergartners, second graders and fifth graders
is smaller than the state average.
· Over the past five years, student performance consistently exceeded
the Connecticut Mastery Test goals for Reading and Math.
· For three consecutive years, more than half of the fifth graders
qualified for placement in Middle School Phase II Math (advanced placement
for high achievers) .
· Rowayton School has an Odyssey of The Mind team for the third,
fourth and fifth grades. The 1993-94 team placed fourth in Connecticuts
· Performing Arts and Fine Arts are integrated into the curriculum
across all grades, and Rowayton School students perform musicals for
the school and the community.
· Each of the four self-contained special education classes is matched
with a mainstream class in the Big Class/Little Class Project. The
classes combine for science and social studies activities. Parties
and field trips are joint ventures.
· Representatives from each class comprise the Human Relations Committee
providing food and gift baskets to needy families; hundreds of gift
baskets and presents are given each year.
· Evening presentations are made by the principal and staff informing
interested parents about the educational programs across the six grades.
Outreach volunteers work to increase the percentage of minority parents
who participate in these activities, and report card conferences as
well as monthly and special PTA events such as the annual Spring Carnival.
· The percentage of the school's faculty who have obtained a Masters
Degree or more exceeds the state average. Approximately one third
of the faculty are Fund for Excellence recipients.
This fact list conveys many, but not all of Rowayton School's fine
educational attributes. To be sure, the staff and community are committed
to providing our youth with an excellent education. Each year the State
of Connecticut's standardized test scores indicate our continued progress
in meeting this commitment. Perhaps most importantly, the many students
who have returned years later to pay tribute to their former teachers
underscores the fullness of education received at Rowayton School.