Central School

Front Entrance to Central School

29 Massaco Street, Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: (860) 658-4732 | Fax: (860) 658-3620

Beth Hennessy, Principal

Welcome to Central School!

Central School Logo

The Central School community has a long-standing history of educational excellence dating back to its inception as Central Grammar School in 1913. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Central School is the oldest school in Simsbury.

Central School’s theme—“Learning the Ropes for the Voyage of Life”—reflects our belief in meeting the needs of the whole child: the mind, body, character, and creativity of each student. The six Pillars of Character—trustworthiness, citizenship, caring, respect, fairness, and responsibility—are reinforced and celebrated throughout the year by our All Hands on Deck character education program. Students are encouraged to set high goals and give their best effort every day.

Our faculty is committed to rigorous instructional programs that foster and develop a community of learners while promoting a love of learning. Our talented and dedicated teachers work in professional learning communities weekly to support all students and to refine instructional practices. In addition, teachers work collaboratively with colleagues in the town’s other elementary schools. Our strong home/school partnership has always been a cornerstone for the success of our learners. Our school’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and our many community volunteers exemplify this core belief and are invaluable to our school’s strong culture and ongoing student achievement.

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Central School News

Author John Schu gives students copies of his book, "This Is A School."

Author John Schu spoke with students about the importance of reading and listening to stories during a very engaging and entertaining assembly. Mr. Schu gave away many copies of his book, This Is A School, to students and staff members.

Middle school student reads book to a kindergarten student.

Students in Mrs. VanVoorhis's kindergarten class worked with students in Mrs. Garthwaite's Family &  Consumer Science at Henry James Middle School. Students at the middle school made a monster based on their kindergarten buddy's drawing using felt, buttons, and stuffing. The two classes met recently to share the monsters and read a few books together. 


High school students assist elementary students with coding tasks.

The annual Hour of Code took place at all the elementary schools and HJMS in early December. High school students spent the day at the elementary school they once attended and assisted younger students with their coding tasks.


Students and staff members new to Central School are welcomed during the LARTNEC Ceremony. This annual ceremony brings our school community together to welcome all of our new students and staff to Central School as we “Learn the ropes for the Voyage of Life.” 

Students sit on school playground to watch LARTNEC celebration


Asian Performing Arts celebrates their culture with music, tai chi, and dance using ribbons and fans.

Asian dancers perform with ribbons for Central School students