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Early College and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Norwalk Community College High School Partnership Program

The NCC High School Partnership program is designed for highly motivated, academically qualified students. Juniors and seniors with a 3.0 or higher grade point average are eligible to apply for this program. NCC covers the cost of tuition and registration fees; the student must purchase books, supplies, and any lab fees if necessary. Interested students must complete the Accuplacer Test to determine their eligibility for college-level courses. Students may take one HSP course per semester, outside of regular school hours; summer courses are not available through HSP, but may be taken at the student’s expense. Students earn college credit for a successfully completed course that can be used toward a degree or certificate at NCC or transferred to another college. (Note: Some colleges will not accept transfer credit for a college course taken while in high school.) A student may apply the HSP course toward the minimum 6 courses required for full-time enrollment status at Staples.

For the Classes of 2020 and 2021, the HSP class and grade will not appear on the student’s Staples transcript, and the grade will not factor into the Staples grade point average. However, the NCC transcript may be attached to the Staples transcript upon request.

Starting with the Class of 2022, in addition to the college credits earned, students will also earn .5 Staples High School credit for an HSP one-semester course, which counts toward the student’s high school elective graduation requirements. The course name, letter grade assigned by NCC, and high school credit will appear on the Staples transcript. The grade will be weighted at the college course level in the GPA.

University of Connecticut Early College Experience (ECE)

UConn Early College Experience is a concurrent enrollment program for motivated high school students. Students can take UConn courses at their high school for both high school and college credit for a fraction of the cost of normal college tuition. The UConn ECE courses at Staples High School are:

UConn CourseStaples Course
HRTS 1007: Introduction to Human RightsContemporary World Studies
DMD 1000: Digital FoundationDigital Foundations Honors
NRE 1000E: Environmental ScienceAP Environmental Science
FREN 3250: Global Culture in French I/

FREN 3268: Grammar and Composition

AP French Language and Culture
GERM 3233: Building Language Skills through Culture I/
GERM 3255: 20th Century German Literature
AP German Language and Culture
ILCS 3239: Italian Composition & Conversation I/
ILCS 3240: Italian Composition & Conversation II
Italian 4 Honors


Teachers for these courses have been certified as UConn ECE Affiliate Faculty through UConn. Upon completion of the course with a passing grade, enrolled students will receive college credits from UConn. These credits are accepted at 87% of colleges and universities across the country. Starting with the Class of 2022, ECE courses will be designated on the student’s Staples transcript along with the UConn ECE grade weighted at the college course level in the GPA. Visit the UConn ECE web site for more information (https://ece.uconn.edu/).

Academy of Information Technology & Engineering (AITE)

The Academy of Information Technology & Engineering is an inter-district, public, magnet high school located in Stamford, Connecticut. With a maximum enrollment of 700 students, AITE draws students from throughout western Fairfield County. AITE offers a dynamic college preparatory environment that integrates 21st century learning expectations, world language acquisition, emphasis on global competencies, advanced information technology skills and knowledge, introductory courses in pre-engineering and architecture, and service learning. The learning environment includes extended time classes in a block schedule with a focus on student-centered, project based learning. All students and teachers are provided with wireless laptop computers that promote inquiry, creativity, and collaboration. Honors, advanced placement, college credit, and virtual high school courses are offered and available to all students. Admission is based on an application and lottery system.

Agriscience Program, Westhill High School

The Agriscience Program at Westhill High School, is a college preparatory program that focuses on animal and plant related sciences (referred to as agriscience). Students graduate the program very well prepared for college, and many times have already obtained credit for introductory college classes through involvement in the UConn Early College Experience program. In addition, students learn skills they can use in their post-college career pathway. Interests of graduates include horticulture, vet science, aquaculture, traditional farming, and floral design. The competitive and intellectual advantage the students gain makes the agriscience program a good choice for any student wanting to study animal or plant related sciences.

Center for Global Studies, Brien McMahon High School

The Center for Global Studies is a magnet school-within-a-school committed to preparing students to become citizens of our global society. Our 290 students learn Arabic, Chinese, or Japanese, study the cultures and history of Asia or the Middle East, read literature from around the world, and travel on two-week study tours to broaden their understanding of the world.We are proud to expand our program to include the rigorous International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. The IB mission is simple--by educating students we can create a better world. The IB learner profile expresses the IB mission statement in action.The CGS is located within Norwalk’s Brien McMahon High School, a comprehensive high school that was completely renovated in 2005. The result is a beautiful building that is home to a diverse student population of more than 1700 students. CGS occupies a section of the west wing of the building, and our classrooms are equipped with Smartboards and chromebooks. We have a large community room for cultural events and a working kitchen where students cook international foods.Students choose to come to CGS from all over Fairfield County. They study language, literature, and history in the CGS, and they enroll in global studies-themed math, science, art, gym, health, and other electives through Brien McMahon HS.

J.M. Wright Technical High School

At Connecticut Technical High Schools, new and exciting educational experiences are happening. Talented and creative academic and technical teachers at Connecticut Technical High Schools are working together to develop applied and integrated lessons. Academic and technology projects are requiring students to engage in real life problem solving, increasing the variety of texts read, developing their oral communication skills and writing skills. Research is proving that students learn better and retain concepts longer when they are educated using an applied and integrated curriculum. The development of this unique and rigorous curriculum prepares graduates of Connecticut Technical High Schools for immediate employment, or entry into apprenticeship programs, admission to two-year and four-year colleges, and lifelong learning. Students at Staples High School have access to programming at JM Wright Technical High School in Stamford, CT.

Regional Center for the Arts

The Regional Center for the Arts is a part-time public inter-district magnet high school for Fairfield County students interested in the performing arts. Currently, 245 high school students in grades 9-12 attend. Programs include Creative Video, Dance, Music, Musical Theater, and Theater. RCA’s student body reflects racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity of the Greater Bridgeport Region. Students who feel a passion for performance with or without professional training are welcome to apply to the program. Students attend Staples in the morning and the Regional Center for the Arts in the afternoon from 1:30-4:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Transportation is provided by the school district. Based on 450 instructional hours from September to June, Staples students attending RCA are eligible to earn 3.0 credits per school year, which count toward their Staples graduation requirements. Credits are listed on the Staples transcript along with the letter grade assigned by RCA. The grade will be factored into the grade point average as an elective course (no level weight).

The Sound School

With sweeping views of New Haven Harbor, The Sound School prepares students for college, careers, and life in a maritime-focused environment. Coupled with rigorous academics and a dedicated faculty, The Sound School has become Connecticut’s premier aquaculture/agriculture science and technology education center (ASTE). The Sound School is the first full-time ASTE center to concentrate on the study of aquaculture and marine trades in the state of Connecticut. The comprehensive academic program prepares students for a post-secondary life which may include, college, technical school, the military, or entering employment upon graduation. Our curriculum includes extensive exposure to on-the-water and water related activities and coursework such as nautical drafting, marine research, aquaculture production, and vessel handling and safety at sea.