Alternative High Schools
Alternative High School Visits and Information
The 8th grade students at Flood will have the opportunity to hear from alternative high schools. Students will sign up for these presentations during homeroom from 9/26/2016 to 9/30/2016. Students must sign up in homeroom during this time in order to receive a pass to the presentation(s) of interest. There will not be a signup sheet for the Agriscience or the Career Pathway Program presentation. All 8th graders will be attending these presentations.
Parents are welcome to attend the presentations as well.
If you are interested in attending one or more of the presentations, please RSVP to your child’s school counselor firstname.lastname@example.org (team Synergy) d’email@example.com (team Eclipse) or firstname.lastname@example.org (team Comets) or call Flood at 203-385-4280.
Dates of presentations:
Friday, October 7th at 10am -- Agriscience presentation for ALL 8th graders
Tuesday, October 11th starting at 8:30 am -- Platt Tech & Bullard Havens presentation for 8th graders who sign up in HR
(Postponed) Date TBA.- Center for Global Studies presentation for 8th graders who sign up in HR
(Postponed) Date TBA- Fairchild Wheeler presentation for 8th graders who sign up in HR
(Postponed) Date TBA.-Bridgeport Military Academy presentation for 8th graders who sign up in homeroom.
Friday, October 28th at 8:30 will be Stratford Public School's Career Pathways Program for ALL8th graders.
Friday, November 4th at 10:10 a.m.-- RCA presentation for 8th graders who sign up in HR
(Postponed) Date TBA-Aquaculture presentation for 8th graders who sign up in HR
Application Process and High School Information
*If you are interested in applying to any of the schools listed below, please be sure to talk to your counselor. You can get many of these applications in your counselor's office or online. Please pay close attention to deadline dates, required forms and recommendations, as well as admission test dates. Do not wait until the last minute to apply. Submit materials to your counselor early¡Kthe earlier, the better (allow for two weeks processing time).
A general rule to follow: apply in the fall, BEFORE Thanksgiving.*
*Please be sure to fill out applications in pen only. Take your time -- write neatly and legibly, and pay attention to spelling and grammar. Remember, your application is the school¡¦s first impression of you.
If you need to include your e-mail address on your application make sure it is appropriate. If you don¡¦t have an appropriate e-mail address make a new one on gmail or yahoo (ex: email@example.com) and use it on high school applications and future college applications.
What is Platt Tech and Bullard-Havens?
Platt Tech (located in Milford) and Bullard-Havens (located in Bridgeport) are two of the Connecticut Technical High Schools available to students. Students choose a program to study from a wide range of technology areas. Students pick one area to focus on throughout their high school career. At Platt Tech, programs to choose from include: architecture, automotive, carpentry, collision repair and refinishing, culinary arts, electrical, electronics technology, hairdressing & cosmetology, heating ventilation and air conditioning, information systems, mechanical design & engineering technology, mechatronics, precision machining technology, and plumbing & heating. At Bullard-Havens, programs to choose from include: architecture, automotive, carpentry, culinary arts, early care and education, electrical, graphics technology, hairdressing & cosmetology, information systems, masonry, precision machining technology, and plumbing & heating. Students rotate between their shop and academics every 2 weeks so all students continue to learn math, science, history, and English. World Language classes are not offered at these schools. Students attend this school full time. Transportation is provided.
„« Admissions: The deadline for submission is December 1st (any applications received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
„« Testing: Students are asked to take a math and reading placement test after they are accepted.
„« Open House Dates: Platt Tech (Tuesday, October 25th at 5:30pm) & Bullard-Havens (Wednesday, October 26th at 5:00pm)
„« Get more information and an application from your school counselor or online at http://www.cttech.org/
What is Aquaculture?
Aquaculture is a school in Bridgeport, CT that provides students with specialized laboratories and classrooms that complement the marine-related curriculum of the school. The school has a seafood science laboratory, an aquaculture finfish/shellfish lab, a marine construction shop, a marine propulsion and electronics lab and a computer-assisted design and drafting lab. In addition, the school has a 56-foot research vessel, the Catherine Moore. The boat has the capability for classroom instruction, boat navigation and fishing operations to occur at the same time. The activities aboard the Catherine Moore provide students with the opportunity to conduct marine biology, chemistry and ecological experiments, to engage in commercial fishing techniques and learn on-board navigation and marine electronic communication techniques. Students attend this school in the morning and spend the remainder of the day at Bunnell High School. They are bussed to and from Aquaculture. This school counts towards a high school science class.
*Important: students who attend this school are unable to take world language because it does not fit on the high school schedule*
„« An interview is required as part of the application process. Students are notified by Aquaculture regarding the interview.
„« Admissions: Rolling admissions (no actual deadline), but apply in the fall. Applications are accepted beginning in October. The school reaches their enrollment capacity quickly so please complete applications in a timely manner.
„« Get more information and an application from your school counselor or online (Google search: Aquaculture Bridgeport, CT. Click on the link that says ¡§Aquaculture School ¡V Homepage¡¨)
What is Agriscience?
Agriscience is a school in Trumbull, CT where students work in state-of-the-art labs to gain knowledge in organic chemistry and biotechnology. Students who follow the agricultural program learn about animal sciences for careers in veterinary medicine, animal husbandry and equine science. Plant Science careers include landscape design, greenhouse production and high tech areas including hydroponics and tissue culture. Next to the Agriscience Center is a ¡§working farm¡¨ that houses a variety of animals. Students get a hands-on experience working with and learning about the different types of farm animals. The majors offered at Agriscience include: animal science, agricultural mechanics, biotechnology, equine science, and plant science. Students attend this school full time as a Trumbull HS student and may participate in all Trumbull HS sports and activities. They do not attend Bunnell or Stratford HS. Transportation is provided by Stratford.
„« Admissions: The deadline for submission is December 1st (get your application in early!)
„« Open House Date: Thursday, November 3rd from 5:30-6:30 pm AND 7:00-8:00 pm
„« Get more information and an application from your school counselor or online: http://www.trumbullps.org/ths/ag/
What is RCA?
RCA (Regional Center for the Arts) is a school in Trumbull, CT for students who are interested in the performing arts. The majors offered include Creative Video, Dance, Music, Musical Theatre, and Theatre. If you are interested in video production, sound/lighting, special effects, camera operation/filming, story-writing, playing instruments, writing music, singing, acting, all types of dance/choreography, etc., then this may be the school for you. Students attend Bunnell High School in the morning and are bussed to RCA in the afternoon. RCA meets Monday-Thursday from 1:30 ¡V 4:45 pm.
„« Admissions: The deadline for submission is Friday, March 3rd (there is a mandatory audition for this school ¡V auditions take place in March/April). RCA will notify you of the audition.
„« Open House Dates: Thursday, November 10th & Thursday, February 9th from 7:00 ¡V 8:30 pm.
„« Students apply ONLY online (no paper applications). For more information and an application visit: http://www.ces.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=3434
What is Center for Global Studies?
Center for Global Studies is a school in Norwalk, CT that focuses on the Arabic, Chinese and Japanese language, history, and culture. Students choose a concentration to focus on in the area of Middle East Studies, Chinese Studies, or Japanese Studies. Remaining coursework is completed at Brien McMahon High School (Norwalk) where students take courses in math, science, PE, music, English, social studies, etc. Students who attend from Stratford are given a pass to ride the train to Norwalk and then a bus transports them from the train station to the school. In addition, students who attend the Center for Global Studies have the option of traveling to Egypt, Japan, or China for two weeks. Students attend Global Studies and Brien McMahon High School full time and may participate in all Brien McMahon HS sports and activities.
„« Admissions: The deadline for submission is usually in early January (the date has not yet been posted on the website)
„« Get more information and an application from your school counselor or online: http://centerglobalstudies.org/
What is Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet School?
Fairchild Wheeler is a magnet high school located in Bridgeport. It is very heavily focused on engineering, math, science, and technology. It opened in August 2013. Students from Stratford and other neighboring towns may apply to this school and enrollment is based on lottery selection and the size of student population by the sending town. The campus has 3 schools, which are: Information Technology and Software Engineering (the design, development, operation, and maintenance of software for careers in science modeling, gaming, animation, simulation, and theater arts); Zoological Science, Research & Biotechnology (research partnership with Beardsley Zoo and local universities to study amphibians and other animals). Focus will also be on environmental preservation and an entire focus on the environment as a whole; and, Physical Science, Engineering and Aerospace/Hydrospace Science (the use of science and math to solve problems, learning how to use software; research, design and develop solutions for exploration and discovery. This is a STEM-based program (Science Technology Engineering Math). Students attend this school full time. Transportation is provided.
„« Admissions: Applications are available ONLY online. Students are accepted by lottery system. The deadline for submission is during the first week of January (the official date has not yet been posted on the website).
„« Get more information and submit the application online: http://fairchildwheeler.org/
Bridgeport Military Academy
The Bridgeport Military Academy offers students the opportunity to experience their secondary education in a challenging environment with an emphasis on excellence in academics while also exploring careers in public safety. Through partnerships with Fire, Police, Homeland Security, Military Services and other public safety departments, students are provided real world, hands-on opportunities to get trained and certified in such areas as CPR, First Aid, FEMA courses, 911 Communications, and be offered physical training, community volunteer opportunities and internship programs. Students attend this school full time. Transportation is provided.
„« Admissions: Applications are available ONLY online. Students are accepted by lottery system. Most students accepted are from Bridgeport but they do take some students from neighboring towns. The deadline for submission is during the first week of January (the official date has not yet been posted on the website).
„« Get more information and submit an application online: http://www.bridgeportmilitaryacademy.org/
Private High Schools
Some of the private high schools that Stratford students apply to are: St. Joseph High School, Fairfield Prep, Notre Dame, and Lauralton Hall.
„« St. Joseph HS ¡VApply online (http://www.sjcadets.org/) and the submission deadline is November 19th. Open House is October 16th from 1:00-4:00pm
„« Fairfield Prep ¡VApply online (http://www.fairfieldprep.org/) and the submission deadline is November 15th (Early Decision) or December 1st (Regular Decision). Open House is October 2nd from 2:00-4:00 pm.
„« Notre Dame ¡VApply online or paper application (http://www.notredame.org/) and the submission deadline is December 1st. Open House is Sunday, October 23rd at 2:30 pm.
„« Lauralton Hall ¡V Apply online (https://www.lauraltonhall.org/apply) and the submission deadline is November 15th. Open House is October 2nd from 1:00 ¡V 3:00 pm.
Career Pathways Programs at Bunnell and Stratford HS: The Program of Studies booklet you¡¦ll receive later in the year will have descriptions of each course. Your counselor will also have Career Pathway brochures available in her office. Most of the classes that are part of the programs listed below do not start until your 10th grade year. Please see your high school counselor at Bunnell/Stratford HS during your 9th grade year if you are interested in one of these programs¡K
1) Health and Medical (SHS & BHS) (open to grades 10-12) ¡V courses taken include: Health & Medical Careers I & II, Medical Careers III & IV, Pre-Nursing, & UCONN Early College Experience. The full year pre-nursing course is only offered at Stratford HS.
*2) Culinary Arts (SHS & BHS) (open to grades 9-12) ¡V courses taken include: Introduction to Culinary Arts, Exploring Culinary Arts I & II, and Bake Shop I & II. The bakeshop courses are only offered at Stratford HS.
*3) Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (SHS & BHS) (open to grades 9-12) ¡V Students choose one of the following three pathways within this program: Architecture & Engineering, Manufacturing & Transportation, or Media Communications. Some courses within the Architecture & Engineering pathway are only offered at either BHS or SHS.
*4) Human Development (SHS & BHS) (open to grades 9-12) ¡V courses taken include: Human Development I & II, Early Childhood Education, Educational Theory I & II, Psychology, Sociology, Health & Medical Careers 3 & 4, AP Psychology, & Introduction to Individual and Family Development (UCONN Early College Experience). These classes are offered at both high schools.
*5) Business and Finance (SHS and BHS) (open to grades 9-12) ¡V Students choose one of the following three pathways within this program: Finance, Business Management, or Computer Applications. These classes are offered at both high schools.
In some cases, students who attend Bunnell HS may need to travel to Stratford HS to take courses that are part of these programs. The only catch is travel time takes away from class time. In most cases, World Language will need to be removed from the schedule in order to accommodate this plan . World Language is important for college admission so students/parents need to think carefully about this decision.
In order to remain in the Career Pathways program students must obtain at least a ¡§B-¡§ in each class.
* -- The starred programs should be started in 9th grade so students can take full advantage of the pathway program.