Waterbury Public Schools
, Connecticut
United States
District information
GradesPre-K – 12
SuperintendentDr. Verna D. Ruffin
Students and staff
Students18,807 (October 2019)[1]
Other information

Waterbury Public Schools is a school district based in Waterbury, Connecticut.

The district serves over 18,000 students. Waterbury is notable as the first school district in Connecticut to establish a dress code for all students. Waterbury Public Schools operates under the leadership of superintendent Dr. Verna D. Ruffin and a Board of Education that consists of 10 elected members and the City Mayor.

Waterbury's 1,500 teachers work in 30 schools and educational programs. They belong to the Waterbury Teachers' Association.


Waterbury's first public high school opened in 1851... [2]

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District Reference Group I

Waterbury is one of the seven public school systems in District Reference Group I, a classification made by the state Department of Education for the purpose of comparison with the achievement levels of similar schools. District reference groups are defined as "districts whose students' families are similar in education, income, occupation and need, and that have roughly similar enrollment".[2] The other six school districts in the group are Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, New London, and Windham.[3]


High schools

Intermediate/Middle schools

Elementary schools


  1. ^ a b "2019-2020 Annual Report" (PDF). Waterbury Public Schools. Retrieved October 12, 2021.
  2. ^ [1] state "Strategic School Profile 2005-2006" for Wilton High School, accessed March 25, 2007
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-02-24. Retrieved 2007-03-06.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Web page titled "Find a Community: By Educational Reference Group (DRG)" at the "Discovery 2007 / An initiative of the William Caspar Graustein Fund" Web site, accessed March 25, 2007