A Reggio Magnet School, located in Greater Hartford, Serving Connecticut

As a parent, you hope to see your child succeed in an academic setting that is safe, motivating, and nurturing. We understand that making the right choice for your child’s future means everything to you. Choosing a magnet school education may be exactly the right step for your child — and you.

The Riverside Magnet School offers young children — prekindergarten through grade 5 — an exciting curriculum that focuses on building literacy, numeracy, social, and physical skills.

The school’s curriculum is project based and applies the world-famous Reggio Emilia model. This Reggio magnet school empowers children to reach their full potential by controlling the direction of their learning, finding endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.

Each classroom has fully certified teachers who plan customized learning, based on the children’s interests and needs, encouraging many forms of expression. All children are offered a full-day program. Extended hours available on a tuition basis.

As a magnet school, Riverside offers several benefits including:

  • Academic success that prepares students for a lifetime of achievement
  • Diverse student body that encourages respect, empathy and collaboration
  • Family and community involvement that instills a passion for learning and growth
  • Flexible and innovative curriculum centered around a unifying theme

With a project-based education and hands-on learning approach, your child will be prepared for a bright future. The diverse student body allows for increased cultural competencies. Riverside offers a wide array of opportunities for family and community involvement as we feel those two components are an integral part of a student’s overall success.

Special Features

  • Offers Afternoon Studio, an after-school enrichment program that provides extended hours to help support working parents
  • Employs fully certified teachers complemented by curriculum specialists in all grades
  • Emphasizes Outdoor learning opportunities for children and their families
  • Follows world renowned Reggio Emilia model of learning
  • Provides full-day education for children in prekindergarten — grade 5
  • Encourages parental involvement
  • Has a state-of-the-art facility with technology designed for young children, including Smart Boards and computers in every classroom

We believe that everyone should have access to a great education. That’s why we make transportation to and from our magnet schools as convenient as possible. Learn about your transportation options now.

Join us for a Parent Information Session or Open House for SY 2019-20:

We invite you to come learn more about the Riverside Magnet School on the Goodwin College campus in East Hartford.    Interested families will have multiple opportunities to tour the school, meet our staff, learn more about what makes RMS a unique learning environment and how your child will benefit from our Reggio theme based curriculum. 

Open HouseSaturday, December 8, 2018  10:00am- 1:00pm (snow date Saturday, December 15th, 10:00am- 1:00pm).  no signup needed. Families may stop in anytime between 10-1.  This is a great opportunity for parents and children to experience Riverside in action in an unstructured format, to see what RMS has to offer, and if it might be the right fit for your child.  We will have giveaways, hands-on activities, Q&A, self-guided tours, computers set up and staff to assist in registration process, and much more.

Info Sessions: These sessions are geared for parents ONLY.  Parents interested in having their child attending RMS are encouraged to attend one of our two info sessions. Signups for these sessions are required ahead of time. Sessions begin promptly at 6:00pm at the front atrium.  A general overview of our mission, philosophy, and programming is followed by a tour and an questions/answer session and are usually complete by 7:30 p.m.  Click here to Sign up for an info session today.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (snow date Monday, November 19th 6:00-7:30pm) or
Tuesday, February 5th, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30pm (snow date Thursday, February 7th, 6:00 – 7:30pm)

You can also find us at the following RSCO fair events throughout the fall:

RSCO Lottery Kickoff, University of Hartford Student Union in West Hartford – Saturday, November 3, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (snow date Saturday, November 10, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm) or

RSCO School Choice Fair, Conard High School in West Hartford – Saturday, Jan. 26th, 2019 – 10:00am -1:00pm (snow date Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 10:00am -1:00pm


How to Apply to Riverside Magnet School

Students who would like to attend Riverside for the SY 2019-20 must go through a random lottery process conducted by the State Department of Education’s Regional School Choice Office (RSCO).   The lottery application period  will run from November 1, 2018 through February 28th, 2019.  Families can register anytime during that period – timing will not affect your potential for placement unless the deadline is missed.

                                                                     Click here to Apply Today

For more information about the lottery process you may contact RSCO directly at (860) 713-6990 weekdays , 8:30am-4:30pm