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Our Story

 

New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA) is a tuition-free public charter school for students in grades Pre-K through 8th, located in Bridgeport, CT. Our mission is to provide students with a meaningful, high-quality education through experience-based learning that helps them develop essential social, emotional and critical-thinking skills. This gives all children the necessary foundation to achieve their full potential at every stage of life.

 

To accomplish our goal of preparing students for life-long success, we work with experts from Bank Street College of Education to implement a progressive education model with emotionally responsive practice.

 

This model attends to the whole child, not just academics, and focuses on developing collaborative, socially responsible leaders by organically weaving ethics and character-building into daily instruction in small-class settings.  Our student-focused approach brings out the best in each child by getting to know them individually, encouraging curiosity, and fostering their personal interests.

 

All NBFA students are selected through a blind lottery, and there is no admissions criteria.

What Makes NBFA Unique?

·      Pre-K through 8th grade

·      Six-hour school day, 7:30 am-1:50pm

·      Average class size is only 20 students 

·      Small group instruction, hands-on projects, enrichment centers and frequent field trips

·      Breakfast and lunch served every day at no cost to families

·     Our teachers receive professional development from Bank Street College of Education

 

History

 

In 2002, we became Bridgeport's first elementary charter school, serving 156 students in grades K-3. NBFA then expanded into the city's first charter middle school in 2005, and today enrolls nearly 500 students from Pre-K through grade 8.

 

Values

 

At New Beginnings Family Academy, we strive to be a positive, forward-thinking, and hardworking community that shapes its students into thoughtful individuals capable of being productive citizens in an increasingly diverse world.

 

Knowing that some children walk through our doors carrying adult-size stressors associated with poverty like hunger, fear, or exposure to violence, we believe that traumatized students should be dealt with empathetically, not punitively.


To achieve our mission and strengthen our socially constructive culture, we are guided by a set of principles and values we call STRETCH. 

 

     

Self-Controlled      

 

Thoughtful 

 

Responsible  

   

Empathetic            

 

Tenacious     

 

Collaborative 

 

Hard Working


The Middle School Class of 2018 reflecting on their NBFA journey at graduation.