St. Gabriel School exists in order to create and develop a Christian atmosphere in which a student is prepared to excel in academic knowledge, right judgment and spiritual values. We constantly strive to guide each student's intellectual, spiritual, social and emotional development in the light of the teachings of Jesus Christ.
This commitment is shared by the St. Gabriel School Community. We stress respect, praise, encouragement and love as a means of providing a comfortable and safe school environment. In such environment, children will develop their God given talents to their fullest potential.
St. Gabriel School teachers strive to act in a professional manner to enhance curriculum and actively participate in their spiritual growth of the school. As members of the Christian community, teachers respect and support each other's ideas, methods and values. this creates an atmosphere of friendship and encouragement, conducive to Christian learning.
St. Gabriel School offers its students high quality academic programs that emphasize using both traditional and contemporary methods. We endeavor to establish a relationship between student and teacher that will be one of mutual trust and confidence. This relationship fosters a positive self image in the students and will result in their spiritual growth, academic achievement and social interaction.
The mission of St. Gabriel School is to provide a strong moral, spiritual and academic foundation within a nurturing environment which enables students to reach their highest potential. St. Gabriel School recognizes education as a cooperative effort among parents, teachers and students, and incorporates faith, Catholic values, rigorous academics and technology in the learning process. St. Gabriel School encourages its students to have a positive self-image as well as a commitment to the well-being of family, church, and community which shapes students into problem-solvers within a global society.
St. Gabriel School exists in order to create and develop a Christian atmosphere in which a student is prepared to excel in academic knowledge, right judgment and spiritual values.
The opening of Saint Gabriel School on September 8, 1956 was the realization of a dream for Monsignor Harold F. Daly and the parishioners of Saint Gabriel Church in Windsor, Connecticut. Many years of planning to establish a parish parochial school came to fruition when the old Roger Ludlow High School building was purchased from the town of Windsor for the sale of $22,000.
The first year's enrollment totaled 219 students in five grades; class size was limited to 42 children. Faculty members consisted of four teaching nuns and a teaching principal belonging to the order of Felician Sisters based in Enfield, Connecticut. Tuition charges were $35.00 per year. A uniform policy was not in place the first school year, but did take effect the following year.
A curriculum was outlined by the Archdiocese of Hartford in the "Congress of Study for Catholic Elementary Schools" in the 1961 Course of Study, academic content was structured around the "five main goals of child development: 1) physical fitness; 2) economic competency; 3) social virtue; 4) cultural development and 5) moral and spiritual perfection in Christ."
Under Monsignor Daly's tenure, and with the strong support of the parishioners, Saint Gabriel School flourished. There was a waiting list of parents who wished to enroll their children in the school when it reopened for the second year and this trend continued for many years. A successful capital campaign allowed the addition of the new wing in 1961. In 1966 two classrooms of grades 1 through 8 were established and enrollment reached its peak at 625 students, which amounted to full classrooms in almost every grade.
The fortunes of the school mirrored that of other parochial schools in Connecticut, and reflected the declining numbers of school aged children in the early 1970s. Enrollment had steadily declined until it was necessary to begin closing one classroom per grade beginning in 1971. During the early 1980s, the future of the middle school was in jeopardy; class size averaged only 15 students and the parish subsidy of the school was increasing.
In the 1990s the school had (1) classroom for each grade from Kindergarten through Eight. The average size was approximately thirty (30) students. In the 1998-1999 school years, construction began on reopening the 1910 building which had been closed in 1989 due to the decline in enrollment , as outlined above. The construction project consisted of: building a corridor connecting the 1896 and 1910 buildings: refurbishing the classrooms of the 1910 building: and general cosmetic improvements. This project has been completed. The upper floors of both buildings consist of "specialty rooms" (Music/Band, Art, Science, Computer, and the Advancement Office). The first floor houses four (4) classrooms used by Grades 6, 7, and 8. The Administrative Offices are located in the other rooms on this floor, and the library is located directly across from the Administrative Offices. The basement of the building houses the parish CCD storage area. New bathroom facilities for the students have been updated and expanded in the basement.
As Saint Gabriel School entered into the new millennium the school's enrollment has stayed between 190-200 students. There are approximately twenty-two (22) students per grade (K-8). Saint Gabriel School continues to stay on the cutting edge of technology with its current computer lab and integration of technology into the curriculum. The school continues to carry out its mission by creating an environment that is a faith filled educational experience for all students.
Fifty-four years after its inception, Saint Gabriel School remains true to those goals established in 1956. Administration, faculty, and parents put forth a concerned effort to provide each student with a strong academic foundation, an opportunity to integrate faith and Catholic values into everyday life and possess a positive self-image. Throughout its history, the very essence of the school has been the general faith-filled community of Saint Gabriel's, who remains tireless in its commitment to our children.
Over 3,000 students have graduated from Saint Gabriel School to join the world community. Faced with personal, professional and spiritual challenges as adults, their success and achievements are truly a testament to all of us.