This middle school has been recognized by College For Every Student (CFES) as a “School of Distinction” for its programs to promote student mentoring, community service and college-path emphasis. Cloonan is the only school in the country to receive this national honor seven years in a row!
Located in the Mid City section of Stamford within close proximity of downtown setting the school’s urban vibe, with its economically and ethnically diverse community. Cloonan is a short walk to downtown, making for easy access to what our great City offers and allowing students to enrich their learning experience through relatable field trips. The school also backs up to Scalzi Park which gives access to wonderful playing fields. In fact, the Bulldogs ended the 2016 campaign a perfect 7-0, they also defeated New Haven TWICE. What a FANTASTIC accomplishment … 9-0 … Congrats !!!
Cloonan offers numerous programs to the students. Scholar Power Series, after school STEAM Academy, after school clubs, intramural competition in eight sports and participates in the Special Olympics plus music and arts programs. Cloonan also participates in many community service projects, and their student-designed anti-bullying program has become a model adopted across the country by CFES.
Cloonan science teacher, James Forde was honored by the White House, being selected as “Champion of Change for Computer Science Education” last year. He is a former Stamford Public School’s Teacher Of the Year and an active science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education advocate. The school was also home to the famous Stamford egg-drop experiment where students’ goal was to find a way to keep an egg from cracking after being dropped from a fire truck ladder. This annual event was orchestrated by former teacher Sal Buchetto who was best known for his “Pop-up” style of science education, in which he strove to make the material he taught pop up off the page, favoring experimentation over textbooks. These are just 2 examples of the innovative teaching that takes place at Cloonan.
“Cloonan Middle School recognizes that in our diverse community, each child is an individual and has an inherent capacity for learning. Cloonan’s mission is to create a safe and nurturing environment of learning excellence for early adolescents in which all stakeholders work as partners to equip students with the knowledge, skills, character, compassion, confidence and desire to build successful lives and communities.”