By Andrew Karcher


Welcome to the United States Coast Guard Academy! You’ll be in New London, Connecticut, home to just shy of 30,000 residents. New Haven, home to 135,000 people, is only a 45-minute drive west. While pursuing your education at this prestigious academy, you’ll need to figure out your child’s educational needs. Use this guide as a launching point as you search for New London public schools for your children near U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

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Below, you’ll find information regarding New London public schools as well as some brief information on daycares, private schools, and boarding schools.

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1. Child Development Center

16 Farnsworth St. New London, CT 06320


: 1 (860) 443-2101 The Coast Guard Child Development Center (CDC) is conveniently located two blocks off the Academy campus and provides Monday through Friday care from 0645 to 1700 year-round. The accredited programs are offered for children ages six weeks to five years and provide a nurturing and safe environment for all ages. For infants, the CDC maintains a 1:4 adult-to-child ratio; for the toddlers, that ratio is 1:5. Preschoolers receive a curriculum that provides a solid foundation for kindergarten and are never in classes of more than 20 children. Meals are offered in the form of breakfast, lunch, and a light afternoon snack. Space is limited, so it is highly recommended that you submit a waiting list application as soon as possible. Please click here to find more information on the CDC, eligibility, and a link to the waiting list application.

New London Community School District

Students living near U.S. Coast Guard Academy will most likely attend a school in the New London Public Schools (NLPS) district. NPLS is the first and only all-magnet school district in Connecticut, offering three magnet pathways: STEM, International Baccalaureate (IB), and Visual & Performing Arts. Your choice of school will depend on which of these programs your children pursue. Across six campuses, NPLS serves 3,300 students. The district currently consists of four elementary schools, one middle school, and one high school. With each facility in the New London School District, CT will continue to impress you with its high-quality educational options. This guide will focus on NLPS, but if you live further from the Academy, you may live in the boundaries of another district, such as East Lyme School District and Waterford School District.

New London Public Schools

134 Williams St. New London, CT 06320


: 1 (860) 447-6000 Elementary Schools Near U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Elementary Schools Near U.S. Coast Guard Academy

1. C.B. Jennings International Elementary Magnet


: New London Public Schools 50 Mercer St. New London, CT 06320


: 1 (860) 447-6050 C.B. Jennings is only a seven-minute drive from base. Their magnet program is the IB Primary Years Programme. Their mission, according to their website, is to encourage “students to become active, self-driven learners that are culturally open and aware of the opportunities and challenges in a diverse and changing world.” This K-5th grade program will encourage students to become lifelong learners and presents unique opportunities for this age group, such as learning a second language.

2. Harbor Elementary School


: New London Public Schools 432 Montauk Ave. New London, CT 06320


: 1 (860) 447-6040 Harbor Elementary, established in 1907, began the transition to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in 2019 by combining Arts and STEM. STEAM lessons tend to be hands-on, encouraging a child’s imagination. Students will also work collaboratively with other children, thereby preparing them for the real world after they graduate.

3. Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School


: New London Public Schools 37 Beech Dr. New London, CT 06320


: 1 (860) 447-6060 Nathan Hale Arts Magnet School focuses on, as you might expect, the arts. In addition to the usual coursework, like math, science, and writing, students have the ability to take advantage of various art programs, such as dance, music, theater, and media arts, utilizing the latest software. The student-to-teacher ratio is 14:1, slightly higher than the state average, but 97% of teachers at Nathan Hale boast 3+ years of experience, five points over the state rate.

4. Winthrop STEM Elementary Magnet School


: New London Public Schools 74 Grove St. New London, CT 06320


: 1 (860) 447-6070 Winthrop’s magnet program is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). Like all the schools in the district, any child from Connecticut is eligible to attend. Children interested in these disciplines will certainly get a leg up building a foundation through Winthrop’s curriculum. Middle School near U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Middle School Near U.S. Coast Guard Academy

1. Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School


: New London Public Schools 36 Waller St. New London, CT 06320


: 1 (860) 437-6477 The likely destination for your middle-school-aged child is Bennie Dover Jackson, located less than 1.5 miles from the Academy. Bennie Dover is half of the umbrella that NPLS calls “Multi-Magnet Secondary School.” It can be a bit confusing to parse through on the district’s website since this school isn’t explicitly listed, but it serves grades six through eight in NLPS’s Multi-Magnet Secondary School and has its own separate campus from the high school, which will be covered next. The magnet program your child studied in determines which campus they’ll call home for these three years. If they were enrolled in STEM or IB, they’ll study at Bennie Dover; if their focus was Visual & Performing arts, they’ll study at New London High School, even during their middle school years. Please check with the schools or district directly to answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s enrollment. High School near U.S. Coast Guard Academy

High School Near U.S. Coast Guard Academy

1. New London High School


: New London Public Schools 490 Jefferson Ave. New London, CT 06320


: 1 (860) 437-6400 After completing middle school, the likely next stop for your student under the Multi-Magnet Secondary School label is New London High School. As covered in the previous section, it’s possible your child will begin their studies here in sixth grade. But if your child’s magnet focus was STEM or IB, they’ll move to this campus in Grade 9. NLHS offers a good number of sports throughout the school year, such as football, soccer, basketball, and softball. Private Schools near U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Private Schools Near U.S. Coast Guard Academy

There are many private school options in New London and the surrounding area. Many have a religious affiliation, but there are also several that do not. We’ve listed three highly rated schools from Private School Review below.

1. The Williams School

182 Mohegan Ave. New London, CT 06320


: 1 (860) 443-5333

2. Sacred Heart Catholic School

56 Sacred Heart Dr. Groton, CT 06340


: 1 (860) 445-2905

3. St. Bernard School

1593 Norwich-New London Turnpike Uncasville, CT 06382


: 1 (860) 848-1271

Connecticut Boarding Schools

If you’d like to send your child to a boarding school, you have many options. According to boardingschoolreview.com, there are 26 boarding schools in Connecticut. We’ve listed a couple options below, but head to Boarding School Review for further information on the best boarding schools in Connecticut.

1. Canterbury School

101 Aspetuck Ave. New Milford, CT 06776


: 1 (860) 210-3800

2. Cheshire Academy

Admission Office 125 Sheriff Dr. Cheshire, CT 06410


: 1 (203) 439-7250


Finding a school for your children is often one of the most stressful parts of a move. But you can be comforted knowing that New London offers many great educational options for your children regardless of their unique talents or interests. We recommend using this guide as a starting point for your search. Call the local schools and districts for up-to-date information regarding their programs and your child’s eligibility. Also check with friends and neighbors to see if they have any schooling suggestions.

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