ATLAS - Academic Theatre Lab on Audubon
WHAT IS ATLAS? ATLAS is school designed expressly around the needs of 7th and 8th graders - preteens in transition, growing out of childhood and into their future as independent thinkers and learners. With classes of just 15 - 18, the students receive personal attention and understanding from their teachers. They work every day with a group of peers, who become their community. Academic essentials are rigorously taught.
Students learn math in a daily Math Lab. A dedicated STEM instructor teaches theory and experiments.
In humanities class, students discuss and write about history, social science, and literature.
Every student has an individual learning plan-to ensure they receive the education that benefits them most.
ATLAS`s use of theatre is unique. Each cohort of students forms a theatre company that mounts four productions over the course of their studies. Students handle every aspect, from analyzing classic plays to engineering the sets. As they plunge into these projects, students hone their research skills.
They also learn life skills: how to innovate, plan ahead, solve problems.
They learn deeply, because they are directing their own learning.
- The Play's The Thing: Human Centered Learning in a Time of Social Distance - 05/01/2021Co-directors Caroline and Maria discuss the importance of human-centered learning, anti-bias/anti-racism, and theatre in a time of social distancing.
- Theater Students Get Out the Vote - 11/03/2020The ATLAS students held a Puppet Parade and Rally to promote voting.
- First Class - 03/11/2020The Daily Nutmeg's profile of ATLAS.
- NMS Charts A Course To Middle School - 09/13/2018Editor Lucy Gellman of the Arts Council of Greater New Haven interviews
Dan Gurvich, former Executive Director of Neighborhood Music School,
about ATLAS Middle School.
- Theatre Offers A Map Through Middle School - 07/23/2018Brian Slattery of the New Haven Independent offers an overview of ATLAS Middle School, which will
be opening in the Fall of 2019.
ATLAS - Academic Theatre Lab on Audubon ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Connecticut for:
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
We offer generous financial aid to an average of 40% of applicants.
% on Financial Aid
National avg.: 85%
Caroline Golschneider, Co-Founder
Maria Giarrizzo, Co-Founder
WHY MIDDLE SCHOOL?
- Middle schoolers are young people in the midst of change, growing into new identity and seeking a place in the community. ATLAS helps guide middle schoolers through this exciting, challenging time. With just 15 - 18 students in a class, the learning environment is supportive. Teachers know their students well and can work with them one-on-one.In a small class, students have room to question, experiment, and grow. Ask any group of middle schoolers an interesting question, and each one will have an opinion. ATLAS teachers foster genuine conversation-including respectful exchanges when opinions differ.Theatre is an ideal medium for middle schoolers navigating change. As they study plays of many societies, students find a wide spectrum of situations and behaviors. Examining characters` motives helps them understand the emotions and values of others-as well as their own. They find insights that will stay with them for years and help them become the people they want to be.
- At ATLAS, theatre is a source of empathy and connection and an avenue for global enquiry. Students learn that they are part of a shared human experience that transcends borders and differences. Therefore, a diverse student community is critical to ATLAS. Student cohorts include many ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. LGBTQIA+ students, exceptional students, and students of varying life experiences are gladly welcomed. Student financial aid is essential to this mission. All students of all backgrounds deserve the opportunity to learn and grow at ATLAS. Fifty percent of current ATLAS students receive financial aid.This percentage is comparable to or greater than those of similar independent schools in the region. Our commitment to financial aid ensures that the student body will always include diverse ways of thinking and being. As the students interact with each other, they grow into a broad understanding of the human community.
- ATLAS is part of Neighborhood Music School (NMS) in New Haven - the largest nonprofit community arts organization in Connecticut, founded in 1911 and now serving 2,400 students of all ages and backgrounds. Since its founding, NMS has understood the power of the arts to transform lives, strengthen communities, and nurture personal development and wellbeing. ATLAS alsos engages the cultural richness of our surrounding community through multifaceted partnerships with organizations such as Long Wharf Theatre and through student-driven service projects.
Profile last updated: 08/20/2021
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