Columbus Magnet School is a H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) and Bank Street School. Our mission is to develop passionate, lifelong learners who strive for academic excellence by cultivating their creativity and imagination through hands-on, interdisciplinary social studies-based units and vibrant arts infusion. We foster the academic, social and emotional development of each child while building a caring and ethical community that celebrates diversity and encourages strength of character.

A Brief History

Columbus Magnet School first opened its doors in September of 1980 under the principalship of Arthur J. Perschino. The Bank Street method was chosen to develop integrated, hands-on, social studies-based experiential learning. In 2000, CMS was designated a H.O.T. (Higher Order Thinking) School, in recognition of the natural connection with the Bank Street philosophy and the integration of the Arts. Today, Columbus Magnet School remains unique within the Norwalk Public School System. We operate in accordance with the policies, standards, regulations and by-laws of the Norwalk Public Schools Board of Education, while holding the unique distinction of being one of the few Connecticut schools to integrate both the Bank Street and H.O.T. educational philosophies. At Columbus, we believe that the process of learning is as valuable as the product. We strive to create a learning experience that combines traditional academics with an individualized approach based on each child’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotions needs. Above all, we remain committed to educational excellence.