The mission of the Waterbury School System is to establish itself as the leader in Connecticut for urban education reform in partnership with the State Department of Education and the entire Waterbury community.   The school system will provide opportunities for all students to maximize their skills and talents in an atmosphere where teaching and learning flourish under the never-wavering belief that all students can be exemplary students, while becoming respectful, responsible, productive citizens vital to our community.



School Bus Routes

School bus routes are now available on the page labelled school bus routes under the "Parents" and "Students" links at the top right hand side of the district website landing page. This page is updated periodically when routes are changes throughout the year to accomodate new students. The page will note the latest update.

School Bus Routes

Attendance Matters

From the Bridge to Success e-newsletter:

School attendance is essential to academic success, but too often students, parents and schools do not realize how quickly absences - excused as well as unexcused - can add up to academic trouble. Chronic absence-missing 10 percent of the school year, or just 2-3 days every month-can translate into:

  • third graders unable to master reading
  • sixth graders failing courses and
  • ninth graders dropping out of high school

The good news is that chronic absence can be reduced when schools and communities partner to build a strong culture of attendance and work with students and families to identify barriers to getting to school. This work starts by helping everyone in a community recognize that they have a stake and a role in ensuring that students are in school every day so they can learn. 


Reminder- Back to School Rally

Welcome Back. The first day of school for students is Monday. August 25th but before the summer vacation ends, families are invited back to celebrate the return to school at the annual Back to School Rally, which will be held on Wednesday, August 20th, from 1:00pm to 4:00 pm in Library Park, 267 Grand Street, Rain or Shine. All Waterbury families are invited to come and join the fun and watch Mayor O’leary and others participate in the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE to support efforts and awareness in fighting A.L.S. The Back to School Rally is a partnership of the Waterbury Youth Services System, Waterbury Department of Education, The Mayor’s office, and other community agencies.

Letter to Community
Special Permissions on Hold

Effective August 18, 2014 there is a hold on Special Permissions.  This will allow our schools to begin the new year and account for all students.  There will be a new Special Permission System in effect for the 2014-2015 school year. Thank you. Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, Superintendent of Schools

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Notice of Intent to Apply

The Waterbury Public Schools has an intent to apply for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Afterschool Grant Program through the CT State Department of Education. If you wish to provide input or to learn more about Waterbury's proposal for additional after-school programs, please contact Margaret Cherubini at 203-574-8004.   

Back to School Rally

Join in the city-wide celebration of the 17th annual Back to School Rally on Wed., Aug. 20, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Library Park, 267 Grand Street, Rain or Shine!  Police Chief Vernon Riddick will be the keynote speaker!  Come join the fun!  

The Back to School Rally is a partnership of the Waterbury Youth Service System, Waterbury Department of Education, the Mayor's Office, and other community agencies.

Professional Development for Special Ed and Paraprofessionals

Special Education staff and paraprofessionals: please click here to view the schedule for professional development:

August 21, 2014 /  August 22, 2014.

New Teacher Orientation

The Orientation for New Teachers will take place from August 18th through August 20th at the Waterbury Career Academy, 175 Birch Street, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please check the New Teachers Links page under "Staff" to see more detailed information for new teachers, including an agenda for the training.

Adult Education Move

The main office for adult education has now moved over to its new location in the former Barnard School location. The address is 11 Draher Street, Waterbury, CT 06708. The telephone number remains the same at 203 574-8038.

Registration for the fall trimester begins August 4th, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Evening registration begins Monday, August 18th, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact the main office at 203 574-8038.

Annual Notice Regarding Health Curriculum

Any parent or legal guardian of a Waterbury Public School student may exempt his/her child from any or all lessons dealing with Human Growth, Development and Family Life portions of the Health and Wellness Education Curriculum. ...

Summer Reading Program at Library

Join the Summer Reading Program at Silas Bronson Library -  "Fizz-Boom-Read!"

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