Great Path Academy
Events in Our School Community
* GPA's Turkey Trot and Staff/ Student Basket ball game will be taking place during the day on Wednesday, November 27th!
* Our new website is being designed! For now, this location is your go-to for all information. The new website will be at this same address of www.greatpathacademy.org and will seamlessly transition from this once it is fully designed.
* Our scheduled Open House tonight, November 20th, will run from 6 pm- 7 pm, due to an MCC Shelter-in-place drill that will be taking place at 7:15. (This is a safety protocol that is followed and made familiar to all students who attend the college.)
* Turkey-grams are now available for purchase through the student council! Funds raised from this will be applied to prom.
* GPA was a presence at the 2013 Connecticut Honor Choir performance at Manchester Community College in October. GPA had two students selected to perform in it this year (our first year entering the conference). Cheers to Luke Powers and Olga Rivera! They were conducted by acclaimed choral director Ed Bolkavac.
* November 7th, we are having our first movie night of the year here at GPA, in the Community Commons. The movie selected was "World War Z". Tickets are available for purchase prior to the event here at GPA, there will not be any tickets sold at the door.
* Our October Students of the Month were announced and introduced by class representatives at the school-wide meeting held last Friday. These students continue to exemplify our Great Path Academy Attributes and were nominated by GPA Staff members according to the attribute criteria. Please join us in acknowledging the following students:
9th Grade: Brenda Castillo Jeminian, Crestian Osorio
10th Grade: Lauren Paul, Dayjohn Vazquez
11th Grade: Lloyd Baranoski, Nataly D'Oleo
12th Grade: Luke Powers, Bryanna Rodas
You all are "Paw-some"!!!
* Ms. Traynor's Health students who are interested in Occupational Therapy have taken a trip to the assisted living center, Westside Care Center, to examine what the profession takes.
* Our sophomores are headed to Yale University for a tour of the campus, discussion of college majors and a visit to the Peabody Museum.
* Music and Spanish are teaming up to take students to a cultural feast at Suso Latino and the Hartford Symphony this week!
* The Science Department is heading up a field trip to the CT Science Center to see the Bodies Revealed exhibit on Halloween day. Anatomy and Physiology students will be invited to attend, additional spaces will be offered through student request, based upon academic eligibilty.
* Please join us in congratulating Javante!“Hunger May Be Sitting Right Next to You” Congratulations to our Student Voices Contest Winner from Great Path Academy: Javante Danvers (grade 11) from Great Path Academy, Art grades 10-12
Javante is invited to attend an awards ceremony with her teachers and family at the State Capitol on Thursday, October 24th.
All submissions are on display at the State Capitol through October 31st.
Javante was chosen out of our FOUR finalists in the Foodshare art contest. On Monday, September 16th, we had a guest speaker from Foodshare named Sarah Santora come in to speak about hunger in Connecticut and what Foodshare is doing to help. Congratulations to Alyssa from grade 9, Jenna from grade 9, Javante from grade 11, and Carlett from grade 12! You can vote for our students here: VOTE HERE (under artwork, grades 7-9 and 10-12 entries). All submissions, not just finalists, are displayed at the State Capitol for legislators to see, to help to influence their decisions on relevant laws. GPA is aware and cares!
* Planning for GPA's trip to Spain this school year is well underway. Parents and students have already met to discuss who is attending and fundraising strategies. The roster has already been determined based on academic criteria. Ms. Cabrera-Zayas is heading up this adventure!
Wednesday, October 9th 8-9 am
Tuesday, November 12th 5-6 pm
Thursday, December 12th 8-9 am
Wednesday, January 8th 8-9 am
Monday, February 10th 2:30-3:30 pm
Nothing in March due to testing.
Saturday, April 12th 8-9 am
Wednesday, May 14th 8-9 am
Parents- Thank you for your input on the dates and times that we will meet! Please join us!
* Our student council members have been announced! Congratulations to all for such a wonderful election process.
President: Luke Powers, Vice President: Richard Hamilton, Secretary: Jazz Murphy, Treasurer: Brianna Johnson, 12th grade representatives: Sierra Rice and Nicole Nascimento, 11th grade reprepsentatives: Zach Kahn, Ian Tardiff, Nataly D'Oleo, 10th grade representatives: Jimiesha Bryan, Mattea Whitford, Mikaela Rivera, 9th grade representatives: Natalie Warburton, Deneja Gallimore, Eddy Meco, Myia Tedeschi.
*Monday, September 16th: Chef Murdoch-Sherman and her class decorated cupcakes and sheet cake for MCC's 50th Birthday Celebration.
*Clubs and activites are rolling out in the next week. To offer the opportunity for all students to become involved, we will hold club meetings during MCE classes every Wednesday. (Finalized club offerings are as follows: Art Club, Math tutor/ tutee Club, Newspaper Club, Men's Leadership Club, Drama Club, Women's Leadership Club, Performance Poetry Club, Badminton Club, Student Council, Cultural Awareness Club, Yearbook Club, Crochet Club, GSA, Gardening/ Sustainabilty Club, and Homework Club.)
Staff/ Department Websites
Ms. Thurrott has an Edmodo for her students.*students have their parent access codes in their account information.
GPA's MCC Library Resource Pages:
Check out GPA students and their stories!
*The GPA family is hard at work to create the best possible, personalized educational experience for our students. Check out our Professional Development from September 11th, where teachers discussed a new data-tracking system that will help to keep any students from slipping through the cracks. We're always learning, too!
*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 for movie tickets, which is held weekly.
*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.
Welcome Back Message From Mrs. Tory Niles-Outler
Welcome to what promises to be a spectacular new school year here at Great Path Academy! We are incredibly excited about our second year, and know that it promises to be filled with even more golden opportunities for all of our student Cougars! As we begin this new year, we pledge to you…our students and parents… that this will be a wonderful year of engaging, meaningful, and rigorous work in our classrooms, along with some fun and special times through a plethora of extracurricular clubs and activities, performing arts groups, and events.
Please also know that we highly value home/ school communication here at Great Path Academy. It is vital and plays an integral role in each student’s success. Please do not hesitate to contact us if/ when the need arises at (860) 512-3700. We will do the same. We want and encourage our parents to stay in the know about their child’s studies, assignments, assessments, and school activities, as well as other events and happenings.
Again, we welcome you to Great Path Academy and to our wonderful professional learning community…a place alive with much energy…enthusiasm…and a high standard of excellence! It is, indeed, a place where opportunities abound! Here’s to an AWESOME new school year… and seizing each and every moment!
Mrs. Tory Niles-Outler, Principal
Instructional Resources for Parents
Please take a look at our Introduction to the Common Core State Standards booklet.
New/ Prospective Students:
How do I become a Student Cougar at Great Path Academy?
We are a Public, Magnet High School. We have open seats for all four grade levels, freshman through senior, for the school year of 2014-15 (next year). Our school is free of charge to families to attend and transportation is provided through the choice office.
If you are interested in Great Path Academy, please visit an open house (see below for dates and times) and then visit www.choiceeducation.org to create an account and apply online. We accept students through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) lottery. This is the only acceptance path to Great Path Academy. The lottery dates run from DECEMBER 2nd (this is a new, updated lottery start date) through February 28th this school year. If an application is submitted late, the student's chance of acceptance is slim. We do offer staff preference not only for our staff here at GPA, but for the Manchester Community College Staff (MCC), as well, in addition to sibling preference. If you are eligible for either of these preferences, please contact our Theme Coach, Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton. If considered eligible for preference, you must still complete an application, submit it on time (by February 28th) and also submit your name to the school as an application with preference. Late applications not only do not receive preference if eligible, but also are unlikely to be awarded placement as a late application goes to the very bottom of the application list.
* GPA Open House Dates and Times for Prospective Great Path Academy Students:
- Wednesday, November 20th: 6-8 pm
- Wednesday, December 11th: 6-8 pm
- Saturday, January 11th: 9-12 am (coinciding with the RSCO fair that GPA is hosting)
- Wednesday, February 12th: 6-8 pm
All of the Open Houses are located at Great Path Academy, embedded on the Manchester Community College Campus.
60 Bidwell Street
Manchester, CT 06040
Families attending can follow signs for parking for GPA/ East Lot.
* Be a Student Cougar for a day!
If you are interested in scheduling a shadow half-day, please contact Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton at (860) 512-3756. We are welcoming visiting prospective students one half day a month through February.
GPA is no longer accepting students for the current school year. Our school-scheduled registrations have passed. If you are a student who has been accepted to Great Path Academy for the upcoming school year, please come in and register on any school day from 9:00 am -11:00 am. You can also call (860) 512-3700 to make an appointment. You will need the following documents: student birth certificate or passport, health record (obtain from current school nurse or physician), parent ID (driver's license), most current CAPT or CMT report, most current report card, a current utility bill (gas, electricity, cable, lease), and a copy of the student's social security card. Please bring what you have at home, there is no need to approach your current school for these records, as we will be sending for the complete files once your registration is complete.
Registration Paperwork: Now available to you online here, please feel free to print out to review and have filled out ahead of time. There are two batches.
We currently have three vendors that are available to purchase our school uniform from:
* One is Land's End and is available through online order only. Please visit www.landsend.comand click on the "School Uniform" link, then "Find Your School's Dress Code".
* Another vendor is The Connecticut Shirt Man, Inc. Their main facility is in East Hartford at 70 Tolland St. East Hartford, CT 06108 and you can call (860) 216-5496 for more information. Hours of operation are M-F, 9-5 and Saturday, 10-2.
* We are now offering a third uniform vendor, Mag and Son. Their contact is: (860) 229- 4900, please call this number for more information. They are located at: 171 Pascone Place, Newington, CT 06111.
Please note the following change to the school uniform: the fleece is no longer a part of our school uniform. It can be worn to and from school, but not during the school day.
Any inquiries about transportation can be made to the following number:
See our Parent Newsletter, "Paw-sitively Connected"
See our Guidance Newsletter, "The Grapevine"
See the Student Newspaper
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 a full complement of Career Cluster Pathways classes that enable 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.
To facilitate a successful transition to GPA and establish a solid foundation for college readiness, students in our Sophomore Academy are scheduled to take their core courses daily. To coincide with direct college courses offered through Manchester Community College, junior and senior courses meet either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays with alternating Fridays for 80-minute sessions. The high school’s schedule follows the traditional semester model.
Class rank is based on academic performance for grades 9 through 12. Class rank for the Class of 2012 is based on 71 students. Class rank for the Class of 2013 is based on 111 students; Class of 2014 is based on 80 students.
Grades are awarded under the A-F rubric and F is noted for averages below 60. Academic performance is assessed quarterly. Students and parents receive progress reports after eight weeks of school work. Half credit is awarded at the end of each semester. Report cards are mailed home at the end of each semester. Students at Great Path Academy will have an unweighted grade point average.
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 is currently considered 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.
School Counseling Department
Students benefits from low counselor and social worker to student ratios. A developmental guidance curriculum is followed so that students and parents are supported as they research and select postsecondary educational opportunities. The guidance office also provides assistance to parents as they navigate the college application process as well as how to meet the financial costs.
Faculty and Administration
The faculty and administration consists of:
- Two Administrators
- Two Guidance Counselors
- 22 Teachers
- One Social Worker
- One School Nurse
The Manchester Community College community serves over 7,000 full and part-time credit students of all ages, races, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds. The college library resources and collections are extensive, allowing students to research and write with contemporary resources and state-of-the-art technology.
Magnet Theme Coach
For additional information, contact: Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton