With approximately 700 students, Casimir Pulaski is Meriden's largest public elementary school. Its staff is heavily…More focused on developing literary skills in students before they move on to middle school, and uses innovative programs to assist them in learning these skills. This includes a Wednesday library night, where from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. parents can drop their children at the school for reading time and accelerated reading tests.
"Literacy for us is a passion. Our staff is a high-energy and a risk-taking bunch. They are really willing to try out new ideas and try new ways of getting things done," Pulaski's principal since 2004, Tom Brown, says. "The whole personality of this building tends to be very busy, active and optimistic."
In addition to its general science, math, social studies and English curriculum, Pulaski students have art, music and physical education each once a week. They also have access to a computer lab, a media specialist and a media room with an 11,000-book collection.
Roger Sherman Elementary School 64 N Pearl St, Meriden, CT06450 Hidden away in the middle of a block in East Meriden, there is no way to directly access Roger Sherman's classic 1929…More brick school building by city street. Once a four-room schoolhouse, after ongoing renovation the school now has 32 classrooms and houses about 660 students. Principal Louise Moss is a veteran of Meriden schools, having worked previously at Nathan Hale and Casimir Pulaski.
Situated behind the Meriden Historical Society on West Main Street, Benjamin Franklin School serves neighborhood…More children enrolled in pre-kindergarten classes until fifth grade. Along with nearby Casimir Pulaski and Roger Sherman Elementary Schools, Ben Franklin received designation as a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, which recognizes schools with successful or much-improved student work, particularly in disadvantaged areas. Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMT) given to third, fourth and fifth graders for the past few years have shown a general rise in scores in math, reading, and writing, with math being the school's strongest subject for the latter grades.
As with all of the town's elementary schools, breakfast is provided for 80 cents a day, and lunch is $2.50. The Meriden YMCA also offers daycare at the school before and after classes from 6:45am to 8:30am and again from 3:15pm to 5:30pm.