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Karen Smith Academy

The Karen Smith Academy

Dog with Karen Smith plaque

Members of the community:

We are excited to announce that Alta was officially renamed to honor and memorialize an important member of the Southington Public Schools who became a champion of our program and mentor within our Alta family. Effective immediately, we will be known as The Karen Smith Academy. Karen volunteered at Alta for 4 years after she retired and touched the lives of students and staff alike. Please celebrate this honor with us as The Karen Smith Academy moves into a new chapter.

Jess Levin, Director

The Karen Smith Academy serves students in grades 9-12 from Southington High School and surrounding districts on a tuition basis who have not been successful in a traditional high school setting. The Karen Smith Academy is housed in a separate facility but is directly linked to Southington High School and is part of the Southington Public Schools System. It is a "school of choice," and students are accepted only after they complete a two-day observation. Karen Smith Academy administration, in conjunction with the Southington High School administration, reserves the right not to accept a prospective candidate if it's determined that the Karen Smith Academy would not best serve the educational needs of the student.

The instructional philosophy at the Karen Smith Academy is based on challenging students to think independently, problem solve, write with purpose, and understand that literacy is a necessary skill to be successful in all facets of life. Our curriculum is aligned with Southington High School and stresses differentiated instruction and cooperative learning across all content areas. Karen Smith Academy offers grade level courses in English, math, social studies, science, art, music, and health and physical education. We offer school counseling and have full-time Special Education support. We are staffed by highly-qualified, highly-motivated teachers and have a full time Principal/Director on site.

Students who graduate from the Karen Smith Academy receive a Southington High School diploma after meeting all district and state requirements. In 2022, thirteen seniors graduated and participated in commencement ceremonies.

Karen Smith Academy faculty and students consistently practice and model mutual respect, acceptance, and a true sense of pride. Karen Smith Academy is a unique, challenging, invigorating learning institution.

Please contact Jess Levin, Director, for questions regarding admission to the Karen Smith Academy.


Non-Discrimination Statement

The Southington Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Non-discrimination Statement

Special Needs Registry

The Town of Southington in conjunction with the Commission of DisAbilities has established a Special Needs Registry at the Southington Police Department dispatch center to assist residents with special needs in the event of emergency or evacuation. Special needs flyer


Jess Levin, Director

242 Main Street
Southington, CT 06489

Phone: 860-628-3379
FAX: 860-628-3458

School Hours

Regular Day:
7:40am - 1:10pm

Planned Early Dismissal:
7:40am - 11:50am

Parents & Students

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