Brass City Charter School

Educating Waterbury's Children

Our Story 

In the spring of 2013, a group of inspired Waterbury educators and citizens applied to the State of Connecticut for a public 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 to 114 students in grades Pre-K through 1st that fall in the former St. Margaret’s School building.

BCCS provides a free education to Waterbury children in grades Pre-K through 8th. This year we graduate our first 8th grade class. Total enrollment is 360 students.

The school's educational philosophy incorporates a rigorous academic curriculum that includes immersion in character strengths conducive to success.


To provide a rigorous academic and holistic social-emotional learning program that eliminates the achievement gap for under-resourced students and ensures all students soar academically and develop as people of character who lead meaningful and productive lives, and contribute to their communities.


  • 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.


Brass City Charter School does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federal nondiscrimination laws.