My dear Hindley Parents and Darien community,

It is my true pleasure to welcome you to the 2015-2016 school year at Hindley School. Our school days are filled with positive energy and pride as we move forward each day within our community of learners!

Our mission statement is clear and concise – "Hindley School exists for children." We are most mindful of that throughout each and every day. Our Hindley teachers and staff accept this powerful mission with passion, humility, sensitivity and courage. Our strong desire is to provide for our students and school community the necessary skills to become competent problem solvers and outstanding, contributing citizens as they venture out into the world.

Our Hindley PTO continues to be a strong, formidable group of parents who generously support all aspects of our school population. We have many interested and talented parents who offer their time, ability and flair to enhance a thriving school and abundantly enrich all aspects of a flourishing school life. We are greatly appreciative of the support from our Hindley PTO in all areas of enrichment and enhancement within our school community.

I am thrilled and proud to be working with a talented and dedicated staff, within a nationally recognized Blue Ribbon school where parents are supportive of our efforts. Children are our greatest, natural resource. We take our responsibilities seriously to nurture, protect and develop youngsters to their fullest potential and we thank you for your trust in us in doing so.

The Hindley staff, parents and surrounding community share a common vision. We dedicate ourselves to creating a high quality, learner-centered environment, with a supportive and encouraging approach to maintaining a school community which is conducive to learning, socializing and working.

On a personal note, as always, I am very excited and inspired to be able to work with a talented teaching and support staff, an outstanding parent group and our students in making the 2015-2016 school year a most rewarding and positive educational experience for all our children!

Written with warm regards,

Rita M. Ferri

Information from Hindley School


This year, the Smarter Balanced assessments replace the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) in reading, writing and mathematics. All Connecticut students enrolled in grades 3-8, and grade 11, are being scheduled to participate in these assessments between March and June.

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School Phone System changes...
Phone extension at Hindley have been changed in an effort to unify communications within the district. Please see the school directory for the latest changes.

Expanded use of ASPEN for

Student Contact & Medical Emergency Information

Sharing Directory Info & Email/Text Notifications

Darien is now using ASPEN, a secure Web-based information management system to collect contact and medical emergency information and for parents to request non-disclosure of directory information for students.  School Messenger will be used for email/text notifications in place of Ed Alert.

Please click here for more information

Please click here for a 2014-2015 Important Alert

Weather-related Procedure Information

 Safe School Climate Plan

As required by Connecticut Public Act 11-232, “An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws”, on December 13, 2011 the Darien Board of Education approved a Safe School Climate Plan. To view click here. This plan is a supplement to Board of Education Policy 5245, Bullying Prevention and Intervention. To view click here.

Web Prepayment system for school meals available now!

With you never have to worry about lost lunch money again. is a secure, easy and convenient way to apply funds directly to your student's account online. You can even check the account balance and keep an eye on what your student is buying! As an added convenience, parents can receive a Low Balance notification email alerting the parent that the student’s account will need another payment applied soon. has been designed to make it easy for you to know exactly what information you need to provide and to guide you through the process.

Membership Details:

  • $10 Membership fee (one-time only)
  • Deposit money with ease using your debit or credit card
  • Flexibility to deposit money into multiple student accounts with one payment
  • View Account Balances
  • View 90 day Meal History
  • Low Balance Notification via email

To learn more visit to register, you simply need your student’s district student Id #. If you do not have this number you may obtain it from your student’s school.

Green Cleaning Programs in Schools (CT PUBLIC ACT 09-81)

The State of Connecticut is requiring that each local and regional board of education implement a green cleaning program for all school buildings and facilities in its district.

The Darien Public Schools is committed to the implementation of this law by providing the staff and the parents and guardians of each child enrolled in each school with a written statement of the school district’s green cleaning program as well as making it available on its web site annually.

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