Program Highlights

Columbia Teachers College Readers' and Writers' Workshop

In 2012 GEMS became a CREC lab site for the readers' and writers' workshop. All of the CREC schools are using the Colombia Teachers College approach to reading and writing. GEHMS teachers have participated in extensive professional development and the school is playing host for numerous workshops. Teachers from throughout the region are visiting the school to learn more about readers' and writers' workshops and visit our classrooms to see examples of great literacy teaching.

Full Day Preschool

The preschool will be a socially and economically integrated early childhood program serving urban and suburban children ages 3-5. Our preschool will operate from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. daily and is designed specifically to enhance the oral language, literacy, science, and math development of young children while developmentally preparing the children for kindergarten success. The goals of the preschool program are to:

  • Foster developmental and academic growth in an integrated manner that reflects best practices in early childhood education
  • Provide hands-on active discovery aligned to state early childhood standards
  • Provide students with a developmentally appropriate academic experience that will prepare children for later school success
  • Strengthen the magnet school mission by enhancing the educational opportunities and services available to all children and families throughout the CREC region

Community Partners

The school has developed partnerships with numerous companies and organization to enrich the education of our students. Partners include: NASA, The Connecticut Science Center, The Connecticut Audubon Society, Trout Unlimited, the New England Air Museum, Talcott Mt. Science Center  and Central Connecticut State University.