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June 13, 2024

Goodwin University proposes new magnet school in East Hartford featuring an ‘astronaut training center’

Contributed A rendering of the proposed Goodwin Industry 5.0 High School in East Hartford.

Goodwin University has submitted plans to add a new magnet school to its East Hartford campus, creating an academic “quadrangle” for career-focused high school students.

The proposed Goodwin Industry 5.0 High School would serve 288 students in grades nine through 12. It would have about 36 faculty, administrators and visitors on-site daily, according to the zoning application.

Classes will consist of 18 to 20 students. The curriculum is geared toward offering students training in emerging technologies and professions in the state. 

Through a partnership with the Victorian Space Science Education Centre in Melbourne, Australia, the school will offer an astronaut training center.

The new magnet school would be built on what is now a parking lot for Pathways Academy of Technology and Design, which is operated by Hartford Public Schools, at 2 Pent Road. 

The new four-story building, clad with metal panels, would share campus space with Pathways, and Goodwin University Early College Advanced Manufacturing Center, located across the street at 3 Pent Road.

“When complete, the new building, drives and adjacent lawns will create a new quadrangle of high school programs knitted seamlessly into the greater Goodwin campus,” according to a project narrative.

The Goodwin University Magnet Industry 5.0 High School will also include a library, theater and gymnasium.

New parking spaces will be added to the property at 3 Pent Road, to replace parking spaces displaced by construction.

Goodwin University owns the properties at 2 and 3 Pent Road. Pratt & Whitney Aircraft, which owns 1 Pent Road, has granted easements to Goodwin to use portions of its property, according to the application.

Goodwin University applied for a zone change for 2 and 3 Pent Road to accommodate the magnet school.

East Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission held a public hearing on the application during its meeting Wednesday night and unanimously approved the zone change and associated master plan.

Goodwin University, a nonprofit college founded in 1999, operates a magnet school system that includes Connecticut River Academy, Early College Advanced Manufacturing Pathway and Riverside Magnet School.

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