Brass City Charter School

Educating Waterbury's Children

Our Mission  

Brass City Charter School (BCCS) provides a rigorous academic and holistic social-emotional learning program that will eliminate the achievement gap for underserved students. BCCS enables students to soar academically, develop as people of character, and lead meaningful and productive lives both for themselves and for their community.

In the spring of 2013, a group of inspired Waterbury educators and citizens applied to the state of Connecticut for a state charter school that would serve Waterbury’s children in grades pre-K through 8. Their petition was successful, and Brass City Charter School (BCCS) opened its doors that fall in the former St. Margaret’s School building at 212 Chestnut Avenue.

BCCS provides a free education to Waterbury children in grades pre-K through 4 (as of September 2016). The school’s educational philosophy incorporates a rigorous academic curriculum that includes immersion in character traits conducive to success.

We believe that:

  • We educate the whole child, academically, socially, and emotionally.
  • All children, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, religion, ethnicity, or gender can grow, achieve, and be successful, happy, and healthy citizens.
  • Education, incorporating rigor and compassion, is the key to ending the cycle of poverty.
  •  Coming to school each day and working hard is the path to educational success.
  • Ability and competence grow with effort and persistence.
  • Parents are vital to their children’s success.
  • Community partnerships and involvement are critical to the life of the school.
  • The school environment must be safe, calm, and responsive.
  • School should be a joyful experience!