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Dear NBFA Community, 

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the NBFA community!

For over two decades, NBFA’s dedicated team of certified teachers, leaders and general staff come to school determined to positively impact the lives of 500 Bridgeport-area students and their families each year.  


NBFA provides students a meaningful, high-quality education through experience-based learning that helps them develop essential social, emotional and critical-thinking skills. This gives all children a foundation to achieve their full potential at every stage of life. 

As you explore the website, you will see busy classrooms alive with "good noise," outdoor learning, and lots of positivity. As an emotionally responsive school, NBFA’s model is known for its use of child development best practices and healthy child-child, adult-child interactions. Through social and emotional strategies and techniques, we ensure that all students are offered an environment for learning that is safe and nurturing. Student interest drives inquiry-based lessons that are relevant and robust. Students learn how to navigate the world around them, build confidence, think critically, and master standards-based skills together.  

We desire that NBFA students become smarter every day, develop empathy, exercise self-control and ultimately be positive change-agents in their communities.   

We are thrilled to be on this journey with NBFA's students and their families! We truly look forward to a multi-year partnership. 



Mrs. Swagerty


NBFA Director & CEO