About Great Path Academy
The mission of Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College is to provide an innovative learning environment that supports students from diverse backgrounds in developing the values, self-discipline, work habits, academic and life skills needed to achieve success. Students at Great Path Academy are fully immersed into the college community and are encouraged to accelerate their post-secondary studies by supplementing their high school program with college coursework.
About the Curriculum
Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College is a middle college, inter-district high magnet school for students in grades nine through twelve. The school operates under the auspices of the Board of Regents for Higher Education and is managed by the Hartford Public Schools.
Students are selected to enroll in our school through a blind lottery through the Regional School Choice Office. Our students come to us from numerous towns across the Hartford Country including, but not limited to: Hartford, Manchester, East Hartford, Bloomfield, South Windsor, Vernon, Coventry and New Britain. Graduates either meet or surpass high school graduation requirements. Students enroll in college classes as their grades, Accuplacer or SAT scores, and skills allow. They may also enroll in college coursework that enables them to meet the Associates Degree requirements in criminal justice, engineering, early childhood, media art, or computer science. Effective with the Class of 2012, students are required to earn 25 credits to align with the Connecticut High School Reform Initiative.
The 262 students enrolled in the fall of 2012 at Great Path Academy come from 25 towns and 63 high schools around Manchester Community College. They are selected to attend Great Path Academy by entering their names into a blind lottery which is held annually by the Regional School Choice Office. Presently there is a waiting list for several towns. Support services are available to students with special needs. As a magnet school, we place value on representing cultural diversity within our student population. Great Path Academy strives to be compliant under the Sheff vs. O'Neill legislation.
The State of Connecticut appropriated $28 million to construct a high school on the campus of Manchester Community College. The new high school facility opened in the Fall 2009. It includes 16 classrooms, three science labs, a world language lab, a culinary arts center, a graphic design lab, a gymnasium and a student meeting center attached to the college. The school consists of a two-story building surrounding a courtyard.
Our Students Succeed
Last year, our SAT scores went up in all content areas! We are very proud of our students' accomplishments. 100% of our seniors graduated and, in addition, 100% of our seniors headed off to college this fall! We are looking forward to continuing to support our current students in attaining these same goals.
PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports) is a program that is implemented here at Great Path Academy, in order to foster a healthy and positive learning environment. Please read more about the program in our PBIS parent brochure! More information can also be found online on the PBIS website. If you have any questions specific to Great Path Academy's implementation, please contact our PBIS coach, Ms. Lopez.
What are these "Gotcha Paws"? Everytime we catch your son or daughter demonstrating the attributes of GPA (Respect, Responsibility and Safety) we award them a "Gotcha Paw". These can be redeemed for supplies from our school store and are also entered into our "Make A Difference" Raffle, which is held weekly.
Great Path Academy @ MCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious greed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, or sexual orientation. The following individual has been designated to handle inquires regarding non-discrimination policies: Susan Canty, Title IX Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.