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Side by Side is a regional public charter school located in the heart of downtown South Norwalk. As specified in our charter, our integrated student population reflects the diversity of our surrounding community. The 235 students of Side by Side, grades Pre-K through 8th, represent several surrounding Connecticut towns and cities.

Like all charter schools, Side by Side functions independently from any local or traditional public school system. At Side by Side, our innovative approaches toward education allow us to actively and equally involve parents, teachers, and students in our day-to-day operations.

Summer 2017

Dear SBS Families,

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer with your children.  We are looking forward to seeing you on our first day of school, Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

I would like to take this opportunity to bring you up to date with some of the latest information regarding the upcoming school year:

New Staff: One of the strongest and most valued assets at Side by Side is the committed staff of highly-qualified professionals.  In a small community like ours, it is always exciting to welcome new staff to our program! It is a pleasure to announce that Ms. Stephanie Palmer has been hired as the new Grade 2 teacher, Ms. Alexandra Amarillo has joined us as our new Special Education teacher, Katia Piorkowski is our newly hired Main Office Receptionist, and Ms. Lauren Lodato will be be joining our Pre-K classrooms as an assistant.

Again in 2017-18 as part of the Professional Development School partnership with Quinnipiac University Side by Side will have 4 student interns joining our staff.  Please welcome Keri Agresti, Erin Westerman, Lauren Leal and Marissa Ferraro! 

New Construction“Today’s Pain is Tomorrow’s Gain!” is a new slogan that you will hear often during the 2017-18 year.  While we anticipate a lot of restrictions and limitations as a result of the new construction, we all need to remember the end result— a new 2-story building for Side by Side coming in fall 2018!  Please view our Construction Update page to see more, including new drop-off and pick-up procedures.

The new school year begins on August 30, 2017.  School hours are 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  Please look for the bus schedule in either the Stamford Advocate or The Hour approximately a week before school starts. 

We are looking forward to a wonderful year with you and your children.  Enjoy the remainder of your summer!

Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions, comments or concerns that I can assist with at ext. 133 or


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