About Us

Named a "Magnet School of Excellence" by Magnet Schools of America, as well as being honored as a 2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School, The Academy of Computer Science and Engineering is located at the confluence of the Hockanum and Connecticut Rivers in East Hartford, CT.  The location of the school gives students access to a true living laboratory where they can study under the theme of environmental science.

Through exploration of the rivers and the school's pond and surrounding woods, students learn about the area's rich biodiversity and ecosystems. Its comprehensive and rigourous curriculum couples environmental awareness and appreciation with an emphasis on science and technology.  Through its programs and practices, Two Rivers encompasses a diverse community which emphasizes respect for one's self, others and the environment.

Vision Statement 

We will be a center of excellence for STEM learning through cutting-edge curriculum, an innovative approach to learning, and state-of-the-art technology.

Mission Statement 

Two Rivers Magnet Middle School is a dynamic and diverse STEM learning community, centered around an environmental theme. Students are inspired and prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century through a robust academic program where collaboration, innovation, and critical thinking skills ensure that our students will be college and career ready.

Belief Statements 

  • We believe that our science, technology, and environmental themes are key components to developing 21st century learners who are college and career ready. 
  • We believe a diverse school community enriches learning and promotes respect for, and appreciation of, differences. 
  • We believe in instilling a sense of personal integrity, the foundation of a successful school community. 
  • We believe in cultivating environmentally conscious students, citizens, and future leaders. 
  • We believe success is dependent upon partnerships among students, staff, families, and the community. 
  • We believe in an educational community where everyone chooses to bring energy, passion, and a positive attitude. 
  • We believe in an education tailored to meet the individual needs of each student. 
  • We believe fostering teacher growth and effectiveness is directly linked to student achievement.

Hands-On Learning Opportunities

Two Rivers students take full advantage of the school's local resources. Students collect and analyze water samples from the Long Island Sound, as well as the Connecticut and Hockanum Rivers and our pond. As a leading expert in edible plants, Mr. Smith takes students on a taste tour of the edible plants around the school. Students may also choose to participate in our Cape Cod Research Weekend, in which students submit proposals for field studies on the shores of Cape Cod, then camp for a weekend and collect data on their topics.

Two Rivers Recognitions 

2016 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School

2016 Awarded "School of Distinction" by Magnet Schools of America

2016 Host of the Connecticut Bioblitz, run through University of Connecticut

2014 Awarded "School of Excellence" by Magnet Schools of America

2014 Awarded as the Winner for the Connecticut Green Leaf School

2012 Two Rivers students invited to the NASA Student Symposium at the Johnson Space Center

2012 CT State Invention Convention Winners

2011 CT State Invention Convention Winners

2011 New England Math League ranks Two Rivers 3rd in the Region

2011 Two Rivers students invited to the NASA Student Symposium at the Kennedy Space Center

2011 National Science Bowl 5th Place

2010 Two Rivers teachers invited to the National Teachers Council for Mathematics

2009 Two Rivers recognized by ConnCAN as a Success Story School

2009 New England Mathematics League Top Schools

2009 Two Rivers students invited by NASA to the Johnson Space Center

2009 Southern New England Middle School Science Bowl Top Honors

2008 University of Connecticut Middle School Science Bowl Academic Champion, 2nd Place

2003 Metal Architecture Award

Special Features

  • State-of-the-art facility designed to enhance the school's curriculum, includes complete, indoor Project Adventure Course
  • Chromebooks supplied to each student and teacher
  • Comprehensive curriculum emphasizes high standards and uses a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • iPad carts
  • Backdoor access to the Connecticut and Hockanum Rivers, as well as a pond in front of our school, for aquatic field studies.