ABOUT THE PROJECT
The proposed Torrington Middle/High School is a new school that will be located on the same site as the current high school building that will be designed to implement the career pathways. It will serve students in grades 7-12.
In August 2018, the Board of Education formed an Ad Hoc Committee to explore a proposed Middle/High School project.
In September 2019, representatives from the Torrington Board of Education, as well as Torrington High School administrators, teachers, students, and community members participated in a day-long “visioning” session with educational planning consultant Dr. Frank Locker and architectural consultant Kaestle Boos Associates, Inc. During the next few months, Kaestle Boos conducted interviews with staff and students at both the middle and high school. In subsequent meetings, participants examined local and national educational trends, best practices, and issues affecting the delivery of a rigorous, comprehensive education.
As a result of these sessions, participants conceived a conceptual diagram that reflects the public school’s strategic plan. These core design considerations included small learning communities, collaboration, and innovation. Priorities included community use of the facility, cost control, flexibility for future programs, customization and energy efficiency.
The New Torrington Middle/High School will:
Feature career pathways that provide workforce experiences
Secure a state reimbursement rate of approximately 62.5%
Meet NEASC accreditation standards
Reduce choice tuition costs