- With input from teachers, students, and parents, the Waterbury Arts Magnet School has recently upgraded the former mission statement. The new statement will be referred to as Core Values and Beliefs. The Core Values and Beliefs are a NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) requirement for accredited schools and will also serve as the guiding principles of our school’s learning community. Our goal is to incorporate these Core Values and Beliefs into the fibers of our academic and arts based learning here at WAMS. WAMS will be replacing our former mission statement with the new Core Values and Beliefs on all classroom/hallway posters and official school documents. Students will strive to become respectful, responsible, and productive members of our community by embracing the core values of Preparation, Service, and Integrity. Get acquainted with the new Core Values and Beliefs as well as the 21st century learning expectations below!

(The new belief of learning statement that replaces our former mission statement)

Waterbury Arts Magnet School is a safe and encouraging learning community that promotes 21st century academic and artistic rigor by providing a diverse group of students the opportunity to develop skills and character needed to be responsible, respectful, and productive citizens in a global community.

21st Century Learning Expectations

Academic and Artistic Expectations: Preparation

Provide a rich academic and artistic foundation for all students

(The new academic and arts learning expectations. Each student will be a(an)…)

- Effective Reader

- Effective Writer

- Creative Problem Solver

- Self-Directed Learner

Civic Expectation: Service

Partner with the community to promote character in our students

(The new civic learning expectation. Each student will be a…)

- Community Participant

Social Expectations: Integrity

Encourage students to demonstrate respect and responsibility

(The new social learning expectations. Each student will be a(an)…)

- Collaborative Worker

- Effective Communicator


The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) granted WAMS formal accredidation in 2011.  To see the full report please click below:


Waterbury Arts Magnet School
16 South Elm Street
Waterbury, CT 06706
Phone: 203.573.6300

Fax: 203.573.6325