Avon High School 510 W Avon Rd, Avon, CT06001 Avon High School is located on West Avon Road, down the street from Avon Middle School. The high school ranked first for…More academics in Hartford Magazine'slist of the top schools in Connecticut, based on data from 2007. According to Hartford Magazine, out of all of the schools in Connecticut, Avon had the most students enrolled in extra credit courses in arts, language and social studies. Avon students also averaged second highest on the SATs in 2007, according to the study and the second highest graduation rate at 99.5%. The outdoor track on the facility is a draw for many people from the community. Sports teams and extracurricular activities are listed on the school website, as well as the vast courses and AP options. In addition to the traditional courses, Avon High School also offers Greek, Spanish, French, Latin, broadcast journalism, media ethics, forensics, marine science and independent study.
Farmington Valley Academy Montessori was founded in 2004 and originally located in Farmington. Fifty percent of the…More students at Montessori are from Avon. The school was relocated to Avon, off Simsbury Road (Route 10), to accommodate more students and is centrally located between the students' hometowns, including Avon, Granby, Canton, New Hartford, Farmington and West Hartford.
The school has a toddler program for children, beginning at 18 months old, and accepts students up to eighth grade. "Montessori is different from the traditional education and it's well worth looking into," said Head of School Sharon Healy.
All children three years old and up are interviewed as a part of the application process for the private school. Tuition varies based on age and how long students stay in the program. In addition to typical classroom learning, students also have the freedom to choose the materials they are using to learn the curriculum. Older students often teach the younger students for part of the day. The Farmington Valley Montessori School also takes its students in seventh and eighth grade to a farm in New Hartford frequently to learn how to milk goats, make cheese, learn fermentation, collect eggs, make food and learn Spanish.
The school does a lot of community service. The school collects all types of clothing from families to give to a shelter in Waterbury. Students cook lunch at a shelter in Hartford. The school provides six families in need with Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Students also raised money for Haitian children, many of whom they had met at the Model United Nations. The school also contributes to other Montessori schools and orphanages.
The school also offers a vanGemeren scholarship in honor of Neils vanGemeren and his son, former Montessori student Willem, who both died in a plane crash.