Western CT Academy for International Studies

Elementary Magnet School

201 University Boulevard Danbury, CT 06811

PHONE: 203-778-7462 ATTENDANCE: 203-778-7466

Mr. Christopher Roche, Principal

Attention Parents:

Please know that we have just installed a Raptor Security System at AIS. For visits that are longer than just picking up and dropping off, parents will be asked for a driver's license or ID to provide to our safety advocate. This is an added security measure. Please know this may take an additional few minutes. However, the safety and wellbeing of all students is our preeminent concern.

From Mrs. Woodruff:

As part of our AIS Mission Statement states, we “encourage our students to look outside of themselves and become a part of a larger community”. We do this by learning about other countries and cultures, understanding that people’s needs are various and different than our own, and accepting our ability to give back--to reach beyond ourselves in order to help those who are struggling.

Again this year, our Socially Responsible Global Citizens have the opportunity to take part in a program that will reach needy children in over 130 countries around the world. This pack-a-shoe-box program through Samaritanspurse.org--an international relief organization--will allow our children a chance to give simple pleasures to other children.

All boxes will be due on or before Friday, November 8th and can be dropped off in Mrs. Woodruff’s 4th grade classroom (Room 104).

Please click on the Links Below for more information

Pack-a-Shoebox Letter

Pack-a-Shoebox Label


If you have a transportation change, request or question regarding your child's bus info, they can go on the transportation website:



  • Monday November 11th - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday November 12th - PTO Meeting 7pm
  • Wednesday November 13th - Crazy 8's Math Club
  • Thursday November 14th -
    • Coding Club 3:45 to 4:45
    • Math Olympiads 3:45 to 4:30
  • Friday November 15th - Book Fair Preview Day
  • Monday November 18th -
    • 12:20pm - Early Dismissal
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
    • Book Fair Open for Sales
  • Tuesday November 19th
    • 12:20pm - Early Dismissal
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
    • Book Fair Open for Sales
  • Wednesday November 20th
    • 12:20pm - Early Dismissal
    • Parent Teacher Conferences
    • Book Fair Open for Sales
  • Thursday November 21st -
    • Coding Club 3:45 to 4:45pm
    • Math Olympiads 3:45 to 4:30pm
  • Friday November 22nd -
    • Picture Retake Day
  • Wednesday November 27th
    • 12:20pm - Early Dismissal
  • Thursday November 28th and Friday November 29th - NO SCHOOL for Thanksgiving Break

Congratulations to Mr. Calvanese for being named Danbury's Teacher of the Year for 2019!

Please click on the video above to see Mr. Calvanese's Welcome Back Video.

AIS has been announced as a School of Distinction by the State of Connecticut for the 2017-2018 School Year. Top 10% Highest Performing Elementary School in the State of Connecticut.

Congratulations to all Staff and Students!

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AIS General Information

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AIS Bus Information

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Spelling Bee Winner

Congratulations to Sandyha from Mrs. Moore’s Class on Winning the AIS Spelling Bee and placing 6th overall at the State Competition.

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AIS Spotlight at the School Board

October 24th, 2018 - Western Connecticut Academy for International Studies presented to the Danbury Board Of Education during their Spotlight Your School portion of the board meeting.

AIS in the News!

May 17, 2018 - Western Connecticut Academy for International Studies has been named a 2018 Green Ribbon School for its environmentally sustainable practices by the U.S. Department of Education.

Photo: Carol Kaliff / Hearst Connecticut Media

AIS in the News!

Rick Asselta speaks to students at the AIS Magnet School Wednesday, May 9, 2018, about his project to raise money for honeybee kits for Puerto Rico. Asselta has lived in Puerto Rico for several years with his wife, who is from the island.

Read article here

PHONE: 203-778-7462

ATTENDANCE: 203-778-7466


Regular Hours: 8:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Scheduled Early/Weather Dismissal: 8:55 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

1 Hour Early Release Day: 8:55 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2 Hour Delay: 10:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

3 Hour Delay: 11:55 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


For changes in dismissal, you must call the school at 203-778-7462 before noon and speak to the school secretary. Please do not email your child's teacher with dismissal changes (teachers are busy teaching or may have a substitute) and please do not leave a voice message which may not be heard in time.

Unless otherwise notified by parent/guardian, the Danbury Board of Education will allow students to have photographs taken and used in the newspaper, videotapes, electronically including our website, and other publications. A form for such objection is below. Such written objection shall be valid for only one school year.

Directory Information Consent Form (for the 2019-2020 school year, please submit by 9/30/19)

Disclaimer: the AIS webmaster seeks to ensure that all content and information published at this website is current and accurate. In addition, the webmaster cannot be held responsible for the contents of any externally linked pages or individual teacher sites.

AIS Webmaster - aisweb@danbury.k12.ct.us

updated November 8th, 2019