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Naugatuck Public Schools

The Naugatuck School District serves over 4,000 students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12, with continuing education for adults. We have 1 early childhood center5 elementary schools (kindergarten through 4th grade), 2 intermediate schools (grades 5 & 6), 1 middle school (grade 7 & 8) and 1 high school (grades 9-12). We also have a school for adults seeking to complete their GED, earn a high school diploma, learn English, and continue their education through arts, technology, exercise, personal development, and culinary skills.

Our newly renovated high school features state-of-the-art science laboratories, pristine turf fields, a beautiful auditorium and swimming pool with stadium seating. This $81 million investment is providing the perfect space for students grow into graduates who are responsible citizens, researchers, innovators, informed thinkers, communicators and problem solvers.

During the past three years, the Board of Education has invested heavily in teaching and learning. Our schools have been equipped with new technology, books and curricula. More importantly, we have cultivated a culture with a focus on developing happy and curious learners who collaborate to solve problems. The investment is paying off; our math results on the Smarter Balanced Assessment improved by twelve percentage points!

Naugatuck Public Schools employs about 574 full-time equivalent positions, including 300 certified teachers. 

Our Mission 

is to cultivate a community of learners who:

  • Are responsible and engaged community members
  • Demonstrate initiative, persistence and adaptability
  • Are curious and value risk taking as part of the learning process
  • Access and analyze information and formulate an opinion
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work individually and on teams to solve real world problems

NPS at a Glance

  • 12 Schools / programs
  • 4,300 Students
  • 89.6% Graduation rate
  • 875 Staff Members

Students enjoying duck day
Students playing tug of war on field day
Student's sitting under a parachute
student in a classroom high fiving their teacher
Three students enjoying class
Students posing for a picture at the Sweetheart Dance
Students cheering with wonka bars
student tossing a bean bag while being cheered on
Students sitting in a plow
Group photo in front of a large truck
Students cheering
graduating student
group photo of the 2023 graduates
Adult students painting
student graduating
Student graduating
students standing in front of a firetruck
students dancing together
Students sitting in a firetruck with their teacher
Students sitting in a crowd with a police dog
Students sitting together at the firehouse, one is in a fireman Dalmatian costume
student is pushed on the swing by a greyhound nation volunteer
Student plays tag with a greyhound nation volunteer
Two students play soccer with a greyhound nation volunteer
Student runs behind two Greyhound Nation volunteers
A student and teacher posing together for world heritage day
students receiving their breakfast and hard hats at the dig into breakfast event
Students cheering for their teammates on field day
Students cheering for their teammates on field day
students standing in front of a plow
students watching others get sprayed with water on field day
Students celebrating their library cards
students playing with water guns on field day
students being sprayed with water
students waiting for their turn on field day
students singing in the concert
students cheering for their team
Student playing a trombone solo during the concert
students playing duck duck goose with their teacher
students singing in a concert
students running with floaties and buckets for fun day
Students outside for fun day
students performing their instruments in the spring concert
Students dancing to music in the spring dance
Students performing in the big bad musical
Students playing instruments in the concert
Students celebrating their kickball win
Student swimming in the championship
Students singing for cultural heritage
City hill swim team
city hill band performing in a concert
City hill choir singing during a concert
Student competing in a basketball game
Graduates throwing their balls into the air
the step team performing on stage
Members of the World Language honor society holding candles
ROTC members displaying the flags for honors night
A softball player hitting the ball
Students cheering for their teammates during kickball

Naugatuck Public Schools History

Colonial & Early National Period

The first school in Naugatuck was built in 1731, 29 years after the first white settlers moved to the area. It was built in what was then a section of Waterbury called Judds Meadow. Judd's Meadow eventually became Salem Bridge and then Naugatuck. 

Over the next 200 years, five or six school districts were formed in various parts of Naugatuck, with each district controlling its own school.

Naugatuck finally consolidated all its schools under one district in 1920.

To learn more about early schooling in Naugatuck, check out these sites:

School Histories