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Our Mission is to inspire and prepare all students to realize their potential and enhance our global community.


95 Westminster Dr.
West Hartford, CT 06107
Phone: 860-521-0110
Fax: 860-561-1492

Kristi Laverty, Principal 






QUEST Program at Duffy Elementary School

Welcome to QUEST, a West Hartford Public Schools Gifted and Talented Program which services the needs of high-ability, highly creative and motivated students.

We believe all children must move along the continuum of learning at their own unique pace. As in the classroom, the curriculum is differentiated, and students often work in small flexible groups. Children in the QUEST program are prepared to think creatively and critically, to make decisions and solve relevant problems, and to analyze and evaluate their work.

The QUEST program provides services to students that are in need for support services beyond the structure of Duffy’s engaging classrooms. Giftedness is not all encompassing: Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Dr. Philip Emeagwali, and Yo-Yo Ma have not been gifted in all areas of their lives. Being gifted comes with challenging aspects that are different to each student. For more information on our QUEST program, please visit WHPS QUEST: Gifted and Talented Program.

QUEST teachers: Mr. John Carpenter, Mrs. Elyse Post-Perez, and Mrs. Katherine Hardesty



Ms. Kate Prigodich


West Hartford Public Schools values the diversity that our ESOL families bring to our community.  You’re family’s language, culture and unique experiences enrich us all.

We want to work together with teachers, families and students to…

  • Welcome children and families to our Duffy community.

  • Respect and celebrate all cultures.

  • Support children in meeting grade-level expectations.

  • Helping each child reach English language proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

ESOL stands for English Speakers of Other Languages, it is a program for students with a language other than English at home.  ESOL classes are taught in English and occur during the regular school day.

In West Hartford we use REACH materials that were created by National Geographic to guide our curriculum.  Our curriculum was written by West Hartford ESOL to align to CCSS and grade level units.  The goal is that the work done in ESL classes will support what the are doing with their classroom teacher.


Duffy’s ESOL Teachers

Kate Prigodich


(860) 521-0110 x3007

Voicemail 3007

Sylvia Warjas


(860) 521-0110 x3007

Voicemail 3214

Resources at Home

West Hartford Public Library

Kids A-Z



Colorin Colarado


Upcoming Events

  • February 2018
    • TueFeb20 No School - Winter Break
    • TueFeb20 February Break Sports Camp - Gym 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • WedFeb21 5th GR Band 7:45 AM to 8:20 AM
    • WedFeb21 Duffy Pack 161 Blue & Gold Dinner - Cafe 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • ThuFeb22 4th GR Strings 7:45 AM to 8:20 AM
    • ThuFeb22 5th GR Choir 7:45 AM to 8:20 AM
    • ThuFeb22 Invention Convention Meeting - Room 3 7:45 AM to 8:20 AM
    • ThuFeb22 Inter-El Band Rehearsal - Auditorium 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM


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50 South Main St, West Hartford, CT  06107

T: 860-561-6600

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