Education & Quality of Life
Hartford offers all of the amenities of a larger community within a friendly, charming small town atmosphere. This is a thriving, growing community of over 14,000 that features a well-diversified workforce, top-notch education, historic architecture, fine arts and plenty of natural beauty for those who love the outdoors.
Hartford prides itself on its commitment to achieve excellence in its educational system. This includes a focus on all aspects, from the curriculum, to the facilities, to the faculty. Public education is the responsibility of two different school systems. The School District of Hartford Joint No. 1 operates Lincoln and Rossman Elementary Schools and Central Middle School; and the Hartford Union High School District which provides a comprehensive education to students in grades 9-12.
Lincoln and Rossman teach kindergarten through fifth grade and have a curriculum that focuses on the basics of language, mathematics and social studies as well as art, music, and physical education. Fifth graders are encouraged to participate in band or orchestra. The schools also offer programs for gifted students as well as for those students with special learning and educational needs. Central Middle School serves sixth through eighth grade students and has an expanded curriculum of English, Science, Literature, Technology and Vocal Music. They also have a Virtual Education program that is unique in the state. It allows middle school students to take any or all of their coursework in a virtual setting.
Hartford Union High School is one of ten union high school districts in Wisconsin, providing a comprehensive education to students in grades 9-12. HUHS has robust fine arts and career and technical education programs to allow students to discover their passions. Students are provided unique opportunities to grow and succeed through the diverse variety of co-curricular activities, including athletics, activities, and clubs. The wide array of opportunities inside and outside the classroom support all students in being both career- and college-ready when they graduate. Hartford also has private and parochial schools for those who prefer a religious education for their children including St. Kilian Catholic School and Peace Lutheran School. Both have strong, religious-based curriculum. For the community’s youngest residents, Hartford has several child day care facilities and preschools.
For those students who wish to pursue a college education, there are several opportunities within the immediate area including Moraine Park Technical College, the University of Wisconsin-Washington County, located in West Bend and several universities within reasonable driving distance of Hartford, including the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Marquette University and several other four year colleges in the greater Milwaukee area.
When it comes to a relaxed, comfortable place to live combined with virtually all the amenities one could desire – plus access to a major metropolitan are just 45 minutes down the road – Hartford’s quality of life is hard to beat.
Quality of Life
Finding a nice place to live is also easy as nearly any type of housing design and location can be found within Hartford. Attractive and affordable single-family homes and multiple-family housing units are readily available to call home and include lake homes, homes that overlook the countryside, condominiums, and residential neighborhoods with yards both large and small. Those relocating to the area will be pleased to find that housing prices in Hartford are quite affordable in comparison to surrounding communities. Renters also have many options when it comes to housing. There are several apartment complexes to choose from for residents who are not looking for home ownership. Seniors can also feel at home at several independent activity centers or at several residential centers with varied levels of care, from independent senior living units, assisted living communities to skilled care facilities.
Hartford also offers the best in the arts. Since opening in 2001, the Schauer Arts Center presents professional touring performances in the Ruth A. Knoll Theater and regional artwork in the Suckow Family Art Gallery, and also serves as a home to the Hartford City Band, Hartford Community Chorus, The Hartford Players, and the Kettle Moraine Fine Arts Guild.