Early College High School

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Earn college credit while in high school

At Connecticut River Academy (CTRA) your child can get a jump-start on a college career. In addition to a full range of high school courses, students have the opportunity to take classes at Goodwin University and earn up to 35 transferable college credits while still in high school — all at no tuition One of the best ways that teenagers can prepare for college while still in high school is by attending an early college high school, like Connecticut River Academy, where they can immerse themselves in college life prior to becoming a college student. Connecticut River Academy prepares its students while they are in their junior and senior years by giving them the opportunity to enroll in college courses at Goodwin University. 11th and 12th graders can earn up to 35 transferrable college credits, allowing them to get a head start on their college career. Furthermore, this allows them to fully understand the structure and demands of college-level courses prior to becoming a college student.

When reflecting on how to prepare for college in high school, it’s great to have many of the tangible benefits that an early college high school offers, including college course credit and a theme-based curriculum. However, it’s the experience of learning to manage and juggle college life that most people are seeking during preparation. There are many other ways to prepare high school students for college by teaching them transferrable skills they can carry throughout their college careers and beyond.

One of these important skills is time management. The shift from a high school class schedule to a college class schedule can seem overwhelming at first, because it’s not as structured. For example, college courses don’t always fall consecutively after each other or even on the same day, so it’s important for students to learn how to balance their classwork with other commitments. Parents and students can work on this together ahead of time by building in specific blocks of time that can be dedicated to school work.

Still wondering how to prepare for college in high school? Interested in a college prep high school education? Contact us today and learn all the benefits that an early college high school could provide your child. It’s never too early to start preparing your child for this next big step.

Over 83% of CTRA graduates leave with college credit.

(June, 2019 graduating class)


“I loved the early college readiness program. I was able to take over 30 college credits while at CTRA.”

Serena Seepersaud, CTRA graduate

“My daughter can take college credits at Goodwin University while still in high school. You just don’t get that at other high schools.”
Ian Laurencin, CTRA parent

“CTRA allowed me to pursue my college degree early. I took college classes at Goodwin in my junior year of high school.”
Larry Funnie, CTRA graduate

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