Engaging • Authentic • Meaningful • Transformative

Our School

Who We Are

With sweeping views of New Haven Harbor, “our little school on the water” prepares students for college, careers, and life in a maritime-focused environment.

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Vision, Values, Mission & Goals

The Sound School is a learning community where students are both challenged and supported as they prepare for the future and achieve more than they thought possible.

The Sound School where education is: Engaging. Authentic. Meaningful. Transformative.

We believe…

  • Equitable opportunities create the foundation necessary for every child to succeed
  • A culture of continuous improvement will ensure that all staff are learners and reflective practitioners
  • High expectations and standards are necessary to prepare students for college and career
  • Collaboration and partnerships with families and the New Haven community will enhance learning and achievement
  • It is in our nature, as human beings, to learn.
  • The purpose of education is to create the conditions which unlock a student’s inherent ability and inclination to learn
  • All students can achieve mastery given the skills and tools to do so.
  • Students must actively engage in the learning process.
  • Positive relationships between students and adults create opportunities for learning.
  • To support student learning, we must implement vision driven, data informed decision-making.
  • Working effectively as a team is critical to student success.

Our Mission & Vision of the Graduate:
The Sound School will provide an authentic, highly engaging, 21st-century curriculum utilizing aquaculture and agriculture, our unique setting and resources promoting success for all students. We strive to create meaningful learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom, so students will develop the skills and abilities to think critically, problem solve effectively and apply learning fluently. We will graduate students who are able use these skills and abilities in any pursuit after graduation whether at a four-year college or in the work force.

Our Goals:
In an effort to realize this mission, we commit to the following goals—that all students will graduate from the Sound School with the ability to demonstrate:

  • The use of critical thinking.
  • Proficiency in solving multi-step, interdisciplinary problems.
  • Proficiency in mathematics, reading, writing, and science.
  • Facility with at least one foreign language.
  • Appropriate public speaking skills.
  • Job readiness skills.
  • A working knowledge of the tools of maritime and/or agricultural commerce.
  • A working knowledge of marine and/or terrestrial ecology.
  • An understanding of the history, geography, and cultures of the United States and the world.
  • The ability to function as part of a team.
  • A healthy respect for the diversity of individuals found at school, in academia, in the workplace, and in the world
    at large.
  • Knowledge of their role as stewards of the earth.

Our History

The inspiration for The Sound School came from George Foote, founder and first principal. He had a deep love for New Haven’s maritime heritage and felt New Haven Harbor could

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Our Team

Drawing from the marine trades, the military, Wall Street, journalism, fish labs, academia, and even pilot houses, our dedicated and experienced educators provide engaging, authentic, meaningful, and transformative instruction for our motivated students who exceed district, state, and national standards.