Great Path Academy
FINALS- Senior Finals are being held next week, from Tuesday, May 28th through Friday, May 31st. Attendance for all seniors is mandatory during this time.
SENIOR WEEK- June 3rd through June 7th; classes are still in session.
EVENTS (Seniors only)
June 3rd- Senior Trip to Holiday Hill
June 4th- Capstone Presentations to school community (Capstone Presentations are a graduation requirement.)
June 5th- Senior Breakfast and Awards
June 6th- Senior Cookout
Great Path Academy is very proud of our graduating Class of 2013! We will hold Graduation Rehearsals on June 10th and 11th, 2013, from 8:00 am- 12:00 pm. Our Graduation Ceremony will take place on June 12th, 2013, from 6:00- 8:00 pm. The location will be the Manchester Community College Auditorium.
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 call (860) 512-3700 to schedule a time to come in and register on any school day before 3:00 pm. 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), transcript from current school, 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.
A Meet & Greet will be held on August 5th, 2013, from 6:00- 7:00 pm in the GPA Community Commons.
Our Summer Bridge Program, a Student Orientation for incoming freshmen, will be held August 6th- 9th, 2013, from 8:30 am-12:30 pm. Transportation will be provided, as well as breakfast and lunch. You will be notified of pick-up and drop-off locations and times. Students will not be required to wear the uniform but will be required to wear a regular polo shirt with pants (no jeans or shorts). The last day of orientation will be held at Veteran's Park for team-building and rope course activities, so students can dress down that day.
We have two 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". The other vendor is The Connecticut Shirt Man, Inc. Their Hartford address is 30 Arbor Street, Suite 304 and you can call (860) 523-8900 for more information.
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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
- 26 Teachers
- One Social Worker
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.