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Side by Side is a regional public charter school located in the heart of downtown South Norwalk. As specified in our charter, our integrated student population reflects the diversity of our surrounding community. The 235 students of Side by Side, grades Pre-K through 8th, represent several surrounding Connecticut towns and cities.

Like all charter schools, Side by Side functions independently from any local or traditional public school system. At Side by Side, our innovative approaches toward education allow us to actively and equally involve parents, teachers, and students in our day-to-day operations.


Dear SBS Families,

Welcome to school year 2018-19!

General Information:
The new school year begins on August 29, 2018.  School hours are 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  Please look for the bus schedule in either the Stamford Advocate or The Hour approximately a week before school starts.  

If your child is newly enrolled at Side by Side, please make sure all your paperwork is completed and returned before the first day of school.  No child will be allowed to start school without up to date medical forms (completed by your child’s physician) and any other student related information forms.  Also, it is very important that you inform the school of any changes in your address, phone number or contact information.  We need to be able to contact you at all times.  

We are looking forward to a wonderful year with you and your children.  Enjoy the remainder of your summer. If we can be of any further assistance before returning in August, please don’t hesitate to call me at extension 133.  You can also reach my assistant, Lilly Rodriguez, at extension 132.

The start of the 2018-19 school year will mark the official opening of the new William O. Murphy Upper School at Side by Side! This will be an exciting year for all of us as we prepare to make use of a brand new, state-of-the-art Upper School facility.  This new building will be the primary location for all of the content area courses for all grade 6-8 students.  Also, in addition to housing our middle schoolers, all Side by Side students in grades Kindergarten through 8th will now be participating in Art class in the new Art/Multi-purpose classroom in this new facility.  Our Special Education department, Student Services offices and Collaborative Learning Center will also be located in this new building.  

Thank you,
Mr. Nittoly