Early College Magnet School Model

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What is an Early College Magnet School Model?

Magnet schools are tuition-free schools that operate on higher-than-average academic standards. Using an early college model, a magnet school creates access to higher education that students may not otherwise have. Through this model, schools aim to minimize the barriers students face when seeking higher education.

What are the benefits of an Early College Magnet School Model?

Early College Magnet Schools have relationships with local universities and colleges. These relationships allow students to connect directly to postsecondary courses, bringing them closer to earning a certificate or degree and streamlining their educational journey. Many underrepresented students benefit from this model, often becoming the first in their families to pursue a college education.

Does Connecticut have Early College Magnet Schools?

Connecticut is home to an Early College Magnet Schools Model program located in East Hartford. Goodwin University’s Magnet School System includes Connecticut River Academy (CTRA). CTRA aims to prepare high school students for their next step in higher education while also giving them access to a college-level curriculum through Goodwin University.

Interested in an Early College Magnet School for your child? Visit Riverside Magnet School (pre-K through grade 5) or Connecticut River Academy (Grades 6 through 12) to learn more about Goodwin University’s Magnet School System.

Magnet schools offer several benefits including:

  • Academic success that prepares students for a lifetime of achievement
  • Diverse student body that encourages respect, empathy and collaboration
  • Family and community involvement that instills a passion for learning and growth
  • Flexible and innovative curriculum centered around a unifying theme