Based on results from the Connecticut Mastery Tests, Kinsella Community School was ranked as the lowest performing school in Connecticut in 2005. In response to the Sheff vs. O’Neill desegregation case to reduce social and economic isolation, Kinsella became a performing arts magnet school, with a mission to provide each student with an enriched educational environment that fosters artistic, independent and critical thinking through performing arts integrated instruction. The school’s motto is “Teaching the Art of Life,” and it is the only PK-12 performing arts pathway in the country. Over 20 community partners provide arts integration experiences to KMSPA students on a daily basis.
Initially, KMSPA was only open to Hartford students, but after a successful first year, it was opened to all students in the Greater Hartford Area and beyond. KMSPA’s growth has been demonstrated by the size and demographics of the student population and their performance on standardized tests. From 2006 to 2012, KMSPA gained over 40 points based on the Overall School Index. Based on the 2015 SBAC test, students in grades 3, 4, 5, and 6 exceeded the District average and students in grade 7, 8 and 11 exceeded the District and State averages in the area of reading. In the area of math, grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 11 exceeded the District average.