Education Alumna Wins Magnet School Honor
Julie Goldstein, a graduate of Sacred Heart University’s Isabelle Farrington College of Education, recently received some very exciting news. Goldstein, who is principal of Breakthrough Charter School in Hartford, discovered that her school had won the top magnet school honor at the national Magnet Schools of America conference in Raleigh, N.C. The 2015 Dr. Ronald P. Simpson Distinguished Merit Award, which comes with $5,000 and recognition as best magnet program in the country, is given annually to one magnet school that best exemplifies a commitment to diversity, high academic standards and curriculum innovation.
Originally a charter school, the school of 352 students has been a city magnet school since 2002, enrolling a diverse population from more than 25 countries. A pre-K through eighth grade campus, the school has a unique set of values that are spelled out using the word, ‘BRICK’: breakthroughs, responsibility, integrity, contributions and knowledge. Goldstein has led the school for two years and believes it to be successful in part because of its emphasis on what she calls “character education.” “Our students are champions,” she says. “They’re walking into the school now as champions."
In addition to Breakthrough School, Magnet Schools of America has recognized seven Hartford Public Schools with Magnet School Merit Awards, acknowledging them as some of the best in the country. “Receiving this top national award is an honor that was made possible by every past and present teacher, staff, student, family member, community partner and Hartford Board of Education administrator who has ever been a part of the Breakthrough Magnet School story,” said Goldstein.