Why choose New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA) public charter school?

Why choose New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA) public charter school?


Our Mission: New Beginnings Family Academy provides students a meaningful, high-quality education through experience-based learning that helps develop essential social, emotional and critical-thinking skills. This gives all children a foundation to achieve their full potential at every stage of life.
Our Students: NBFA students come from families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds who value education. They are curious, eager to learn and willing to work hard. NBFA seeks students who are highly motivated to learn inside and outside of the classroom.
Our Curriculum: NBFA’s research-based and culturally responsive curricular programs and instructional practices ensure a solid grasp of essential literacy and math foundational skills, critical thinking and problem-solving, and rigorous preparation for challenging secondary education.
Our Purpose and Values: NBFA is a community of empathic learners; one that educates the whole-child, ensuring each student is equipped with the social-emotional and academic skills needed to be a lifelong learner.
Our Partnerships: Relationships with Fairfield University, Horizons at Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac University, Maritime Aquarium, Bridgeport Sailing School and Bank Street College of Education offer NBFA students exposure to a wide variety of subject matter, enrichment courses and extracurricular activities.
Our Future: Opening in 2023-2024! 
With an eye on the formative years, NBFA will open an evidence-based Early Childhood Center serving three-, four- and five-year-olds on its urban campus. The NBFA Early Childhood Center will serve as the feeder for NBFA elementary school, which uses an emotionally responsive practice model best suited for urban children in infancy through grade 6.

To hear from NBFA students on why NBFA is so special, click here.





The Connecticut State Department of Education strictly prohibits the practice of enrolling a student in more than one or more magnet or charter school at the same time. Anyone caught dually enrolling their child/ren, may lose their slot in both institutions.


Come Grow With Us: To enter the 2023-2024 blind lottery for enrollment at New Beginnings Family Academy, download the form on this page or drop it off at 184 Garden Street. If you have any questions, please contact the main office at 203-384-2897 or email [email protected]


Who is Eligible?: Any resident of Connecticut is eligible to participate in the NBFA Lottery. Applications are accepted for children entering pre-school (potty-trained 3- and 4-year-olds) through the 8th grade. NBFA currently enrolls 499 students from Bridgeport and surrounding communities.

Open House: New Beginnings Family Academy offers a virtual peek into its turn of the century school building directly off Interstate-95 in Bridgeport.

Siblings: Families of students currently enrolled are given sibling preference. Please make sure to fill out an application for any siblings wishing to enroll.

The Wait List: The Wait List will remain in effect until all seats are filled. New applications must be submitted each year, as names on the Wait List will not be held over to the next year’s lottery.


To read NBFA testimonials, click here.