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Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, Stamford, CT

  • Public magnet school
  • Students choose electives from five areas of concentration: information technologies, architecture and engineering, business, fine arts and biomedical sciences
  • Honors and Advanced Placement courses are offered
  • Partnerships with the local universities and community colleges
  • Learning environment is focused on project-based learning
  • All students are provide with a wireless HP tablet
  • A wide variety of languages available to study
  • Career and Technical Education emphasis includes internships, employment skills training and career counseling
  • Service learning opportunities available
  • Admission is based on an application and lottery system
  • Open houses are scheduled to learn more about the program

Agriscience Program, Stamford, CT

  • The program is housed at Westhill High School; all activities including sports and extracurricular activities offered at Westhill are available to students enrolled in the program
  • Offers an opportunity for students to explore the nation’s largest commercial business -- agriculture.
  • Classroom instruction includes introductory topics as well as the opportunity to specialize in the 3rd and 4th year
  • Through supervised agricultural experience students are required to perform from 50 to 200 hours of service per year based on their area of interest.
  • Students may earn UCONN credit for some classes as part of UCONN’s Early College Experience program

Bullard-Havens Technical High School, Bridgeport, CT


  • Architectural Technologies - Automotive Technology
  • Baking - Carpentry
  • Culinary Arts - Early Care & Education
  • Electrical - Graphics Technology
  • Fashion Merchandising & - Hairdressing & Barbering
  • Entrepreneurship - Masonry
  • Information Systems Technology
  • Plumbing and Heating

Ninth Grade Exploratory Program:

  • Phase I gives students career information on each trade technology offered;
  • Phase II gives each student hands-on experience;
  • Phase III gives students a permanent placement to begin the study of a trade/technology that he/she will concentrate on for the next three years

Center for Global Studies, Norwalk, CT

  • Public, international studies magnet school that focuses on language, history and culture
  • Housed at Brien McMahon High School
  • Over 270 students enrolled in the program
  • Languages available to study are Arabic, Chinese and Japanese
  • Remaining coursework such as math, science and other electives are completed through a partnership with McMahon. Honors and AP courses are offered
  • Students can study abroad for two weeks in Japan, China or Egypt. CGS Students can also host students from those visiting countries
  • Students must complete an application
  • Evening open houses are scheduled to learn more about the program

Regional Center for the Arts, Trumbull, CT

  • High school for students who are interested in the following majors: dance, musical theater, theater, video production and instrumental music
  • Classes take place from 1:00/1:45 – 4:30pm; the RCA curriculum is only part of the regular school day. Students would go to SHS in the morning and RCA in the afternoon.
  • Classes meet Monday – Thursday. On Mondays and Wednesdays, students take classes related to their major. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, they take elective classes.
  • Students can apply during any year of high school

The Sound School, New Haven, CT

  • Part of the New Haven Public School System
  • First full-time center to concentrate on the study of aquaculture and marine trades
  • Curriculum includes on-the-water and water related activities and coursework
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