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.

Coupled with rigorous academics and a dedicated faculty, we have become Connecticut’s premier aquaculture/agriculture science and technology education center (ASTE).

“Our kids perform professional tasks, present at professional conferences, and are often teaching others how to DO when they go off to college and work. Our students are using equipment often not touched until junior/senior year of college. Plus, how many high school kids get to build an ROV (remotely operated vehicle), a boat, or operate a 40 ton USCG certified vessel?”

Located in historic City Point, our students criss-cross the five-building campus located on the southwestern tip of New Haven and our agricultural students venture to the restored Pardee Greenhouse and classroom in picturesque East Rock Park.

As one of 19 Agricultural Science & Technology Centers partially funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education, we are part of the New Haven Public Schools district. We are the first full-time ASTE center to concentrate on the study of aquaculture and marine trades in the state of Connecticut.

“I came to Sound to learn about boats, and fish, and the ocean. Now, I’m leaving to become a marine biologist. I’ll always be grateful for our school by the water.” — Sound Senior, Class of 2016

Our comprehensive academic program prepares students for a post-secondary life which may include, college, technical school, the military, or entering employment upon graduation. Our curriculum includes extensive exposure to on-the-water and water related activities and coursework such as nautical drafting, marine research, aquaculture production, and vessel handling and safety at sea. Our New Haven students may opt to study the more traditional vocational agriculture program which includes courses in plant science, animal science, agriculture mechanics, and veterinary science.