Great Path Academy

Events in Our School Community

* The focus and theme for our next Parent Second Cup of Coffee event will be the SBAC- Please come to discuss the new Smarter Balance assessments with Ms. DiFedele-Dutton. We will even take a look at a practice test. Meeting Date: Saturday, April 12th from 8-9 am in the GPA guidance office. Please join us!

* We are very proud of our sophomores, who completed the Science CAPT!

* Mr. Knoeckle has been making use of the piano lab in the MCC Village. Our students fit right in on the MCC campus as they make their way to Music Class.

*Here are a few snapshots of GPA's Night of Art and Culture!

* We are fundraising for many activities, including Prom and our Spring trip to Spain!  Please visit our school store website.  The following link allows staff and their friends/family (plus student's friends/family), to shop online & renew magazines and get other gifts. GPA will receive a 40% check BACK to the school for anything sold PLUS it is all delivered directly to the customer.

Here it is:

Click "Shop Now," and enter School ID:  3537396.  It will ask for "student name."  Feel free to put YOUR name. 

Finally, feel free to purchase coupon booklets and/or sell them to any family members or friends who might be interested! Remember $20 buys you $4,500 dollars in potential savings!

* Club rosters for the spring are now complete.  Please see or contact Mr. Jacobson for details. 

* Mr. Knoeckle and Dr. Zotos are teaming up for GPA's Spring 2014 Little Shop of Horrors Production. Tryouts have gone on and you can see the Cast List here. Production dates are from April 30th - May 3rd.

* GPA’s January Winners of the Iron Chef Challenge:

1. Treonna Hawley 2. Patrick O'Neal 3. Carlett Simpson

Best Spinach - Leslie Alabre

Best Rice - Breanna Filligrana

Best Chicken - Patrick O'Neal

They did a great job, please congratulate them as you see them!!!!

Congratulations to all students!

* The GPA ELA department will host informative SAT nights on the following dates and times:  Thursday January 9th from 6-8(parent-centered), Tuesday March 25th – 2nd SAT night (student-centered), and Wednesday April 30th – 3rd SAT night. Please join us if you can!

* Please see a Scholarship Guide from Ms. Corcoran and Ms. Cabrera-Zayas for helpful guidance.

* 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 and will seamlessly transition from this once it is fully designed.

* 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!

* "A Second Cup of Coffee" Meetings will be held in the Guidance Office:

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.

* GPA gathered to celebrate MCC's 50th Birthday!

*Monday, September 16th: Chef Murdoch-Sherman and her class decorated cupcakes and sheet cake for MCC's 50th Birthday Celebration.

*Clubs and activities offered: 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

GPA Unified Arts

GPA Science

Ms. Thurrott has an Edmodo for her students.*students have their parent access codes in their account information.

Mr. Buder

Ms. Paluso-Davanzo

Ms. Gilles

Ms. Johnston

GPA's MCC Library Resource Pages:

MCC Library Guide for GPA Students

MCC Library Guide for Grade 9 GPA Students

Student Snapshots

Check out GPA students and their stories!

Christopher Gutierrez

Madison and Llyod Baranoski

Important Information

*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

Resources for Parents

Please take a look at our Introduction to the Common Core State Standards booklet.

Postive Behavior Intervention and Support Schoolwide System (PBIS):

GPA is a PBIS school. We have a system in place to focus upon the postive growth of our school culture and climate. Please look here for the Parent Pamphlet.

New/ Prospective Students:

Please view our Magnet Schools of America Overview Video here.

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 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.

GPA Registration Papers Batch 1 and GPA Registration Papers Batch 2

School Uniform:

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:

(860) 524-4077


See our Parent Newsletter, "Paw-sitively Connected"


See our Guidance Newsletter, "The Grapevine"


GPA's Anne Hebebrand featured in Glastonbury Life

A Fifth Great Path Academy Student Awarded a Presidential Scholarship!

Great Path Academy's Vocal Ensemble Presents "A Night with the Stars"

Great Path Academy Students Win S.T.E.M. Expo Awards

Great Path Academy Goes to New York!

Great Path Academy Students Awarded Presidential Scholarships

Great Path Academy National Honor Society Induction

Great Path Academy Art Student Wins Numerous Awards


Mission Statement

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

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.

Marking System

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.

Student Body

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.

School Facilities

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.

Contact Information

Main Office
Phone: 860-512-3700

Tory Niles-Outler
Phone: 860-512-3702

Edward Jacobson

Assistant Principal
Phone: 860-512-3710
Magdalena Medrano
Executive Assisstant
Phone: 860-512-3703
Rachel Cabrera-Zayas
Guidance Counselor
Phone: 860-512-3712
Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton
Magnet Theme Coach
Phone: 860-512-3756

Susan Vousden

School Nurse
Phone: 860-512-3717

Last Update: April 01 2014
For additional information, contact: Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton