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Our Magnet Theme


 We encourage all our students to share their voice and explore their interests, while also figuring out how they like to learn and express themselves.  By nurturing their creativity and curiosity we're helping our students build a lifelong passion for learning.

Seth Danner, Principal of Charles Barnum Magnet School

Theme: Creativity and Curiosity

Charles Barnum Magnet School is dedicated to providing educational experiences that foster discovery through creativity, curiosity, and exploration. Student-led learning experiences help each student find their gifts, talents, and interests. We proudly nurture a learning environment, rooted in optimism where all children can engage, connect, explore, and reach their full potential.

Helping Students Discover What They are Good At and What They Like To Do

During a weekly 80-minute Discovery Block, teachers and staff offer a variety of groups for students to self-select based on their interests and curiosity! Students participate in student-led and hands-on learning, where they help to steer the direction of their group.

Many students create projects or products that they can showcase to the school community. Every 8 weeks students get to self-select a new Discover Block group and a new theme they are curious about! 

A few of our past Discovery group themes have included:

  • CB STOMP where students made music out of everyday objects
  • Game On where students created and tested out their own games
  • Weaving Wonders where students learned different styles of weaving
  • Science Around You where students conducted science experiments inspired by their own wonder.

Meet Our Partners

Life is Good Kids Foundation

Charles Barnum works with the Life is Good Kids Foundation as we support the social/emotional learning of each student.

Our Community

Groton, Connecticut is home to Naval Submarine Base New London.
We are proud to serve those who serve, our military families, as we celebrate more than a century of submarines in Groton.
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