Principal's Message

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"I am very excited to introduce you to the CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School.  As the school's founding principal, I welcome you!  Our school is a place where the arts are infused into and through the curriculum.  Students and teachers are actively engaged in hands-on, minds-on, child centered learning, utilizing the art disciplines to create, perform, and respond."

 Mrs. Patricia P. Phelan, Principal
The CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School


Our students are actively engaged in an arts infused curriculum. The arts are considered academics, part of the core curriculum, and teaching occurs in, and through the arts. All disciplines are equally valued within the curriculum and they are taught with creativity, honesty and interdependence.  Music, art, dance and drama are part of the curriculum on a routine basis. Our students’ voices are heard and actively engaged in the process of exploration, learning and constructing knowledge.

Presently, our school is in a temporary space located at 20 Security Drive, Avon, from which we will move to our permanent site in approximately three years. When we opened, we welcomed 150 preschool and kindergarten students who utilized the arts to enhance and expand their learning. As we've grown each year, we have added a grade level of students until we reached our current capacity at fifth grade this year (2017-18). Our permanent school will house a building specifically designed to support the arts, with areas for galleries of student produced art, concerts to showcase work in music and other classes,  and visiting artists working with students to enhance the knowledge and skills currently taught in the curriculum.

Making the decision about where to enroll your child is one that requires careful thought and consideration. To that end, we invite you to come visit us at the CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School and see what makes our school so special.  You may contact us at 860-677-0380. We will be happy to schedule a visit during a convenient time. We are sure that your visit will confirm that you are making the right choice in selecting the CREC Ana Grace Academy of the Arts Elementary Magnet School for your child’s education.

Best wishes,
Mrs. Patricia P. Phelan