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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.

February 2018

Dear SBS Families,
We hope you enjoyed your long President’s Weekend. Our teachers had a great opportunity for professional development last week as they worked at the Aldrich Museum and learned how to integrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and math into their classrooms.

Recently, the CT State Department of Education released the 2016-1Accountability index scores for all schools and districts. We are happy to share that Side by Side’s Index continues to improve. Our 2017 index is 77.2 compared to 75.9 from 2016. These results indicate progress made by our students, and show that we continue to outperform nearly every other comparable charter school in CT and  many of the schools in our area! We will soon be announcing plans to hold a special community forum regarding our “Accountability” report so that we can discuss in more detail what these scores mean and how we can focus these results on school improvement. We would like a full school community audience for this forum including students,
teachers, parents and Board members. Stay tuned!

Congratulations to 5th grader Shirley Ordonez. She is the lucky winner of the “Principal for a Day” contest. I look forward to visiting
classrooms, making morning announcements, hosting All-School Meeting and providing lunch for Shirley on Wednesday, 2/28!

Thank you,
Mr. Nittoly