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WAMS Application Qualifications

Nationally Certified Magnet School & NEASC Accredited Magnet School

Waterbury Arts Magnet School (WAMS) is a Grades 6-12 middle and high school located in revitalized downtown Waterbury, CT. Having been built in 2004 and attached to the historic Palace Theater, WAMS has a tradition of high-performing magnet programs and academic excellence. WAMS offers busing to our out-of-district students, as well as athletic opportunities with participating district schools for those who are interested in playing sports. Magnet Programs include Fine & Performing Arts, Acting, Dance, Visual Arts, Vocal Music, Lighting & Sound, Video Production, Instrumental Music and Photography. 

WAMS middle school, grades 6– 8, is designated to our fourth floor, where students have access to their own office, secretary, and principal.

Grades 6 through 12

  • Extensive Courses of Study in Visual Arts, Music, Theater Arts and Dance
  • Rigorous Academics, Advanced Placement, Post University and UCONN
  • Partnerships and Internships in all Arts Disciplines
  • State of the Art Technology & World Class Broadcasting Studio
  • Innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math) opportunity
  • Centrally Located in Historic Waterbury
  • Performances on the renowned Palace Theater stage

Application Process

The application deadline for the 2024-25 school year was December 15, 2023

The application process for the 2025-26 school year will begin in October, 2024. Please review our application qualifications.

Participating Partnership Districts with busing included: Region #15 (Middlebury/Southbury), Naugatuck, Terryville/Plymouth, Thomaston, and Wolcott.
Applications from non-Participating Partnership Districts are welcome.


Last updated 1/2/24

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