About Our School

The University of Hartford Magnet School (UHMS) is a diverse learning community seeking to develop each child's full potential. Through the school's unique partnership with the University of Hartford, students are given the opportunity for exposure to the University's programming.

UHMS focuses on identifying and teaching to each child's individual talents and strengths, based on Dr. Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. The school is founded on the belief that each type of intelligence has importance in a child's life and can lead to greater learning. The UHMS facility features rooms designed that support the multiple intelligences focus of the curriculum.

Students in Pre-K to grade 5 receive ongoing instruction in traditional subjects, as well as in the eight different intelligence areas:

  • Linguistic
  • Logical-mathematical
  • Spatial
  • Musical
  • Bodily-kinesthetic
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalistic

The school's mission is to ensure that all students meet high standards and develop their full potential in traditional and expanded academic areas. The magnet school is a multi-faceted educational facility focused on individual learning styles and strengths that brings urban and suburban children, families and faculty together to form a diverse, innovative learning community.

Special Features

  • Early Childhood Learning Center for preschool students
  • Family Wellness Center with licensed clinic and parent support program
  • Extended day and year programs
  • Partnership with the University of Hartford, which includes:
    • Teaching lab for early childhood and elementary education college students
    • After school Strings and Band program run by the Hartt School of Music
    • Mentoring program that matches University of Hartford students with UHMS students
    • Campus field trips
  • Weekly Friday Family Meeting celebrating learning and the Multiple Intelligences
  • Chorus instruction and performances for 4th and 5th graders
  • Yearly Art Shows
  • Special family events like Take Apart Night, Fitness Nights, Folk Dancing and many others
  • Outdoor Learning Spaces


Our Early Childhood Learning Center operates from 8:40 am. to 3:35 pm. Grades K-5 also attend from 8:40 am to 3:35 pm. Our Before Care program is available in the morning (7:30 am to 8:40 am) and our After Care program is available in the afternoon (3:35 pm to 5:30 pm)

Grades Served:

Pre K - 5

Maximum Student Enrollment:


For more information, please contact:

Tim Barber, Principal
860-236-2899 ext 2619