ACT offers majors in Acting/Performance, Audio/Video, Creative Writing, Dance and Theater Production.
While ACT does not offer a Visual Art or Music major, there are classes where students can use and improve on Visual Art and Music skills. These courses include Drawing for Stage, Costume Art, Photoshop, Stop Animation, Beginning Singing, Performance Singing, A Capella, Music Theory, Keyboarding and Guitar. ACT also offers after-school Visual Arts and A Capella Clubs for those students who wish to further explore these areas of interest.
Yes, ACT requires students to select one performing arts area to major in, however, many performing arts classes are open to all students, encouraging exploration in majors other than their own. A select number of classes are occasionally restricted by major due to high enrollment.
The school day begins at 8:45am and ends at 4:25pm Monday through Thursday and 1:07pm on Fridays.
On average, class enrollment is between 10 and 12 students. Physical Education classes are typically larger and more specialized or advance classes, like AP Statistics, are often smaller.
No. However, ACT does have a dress code. As stated in the ACT Student Handbook, “Students’ attire should be appropriate for the school day and academic environment. Clothing should not be distracting or cause an interruption of learning. The following items are not permitted: flip-flops, slippers, pajama pants, strapless tops/dresses or spaghetti strap tops without a cardigan/sweater to cover or any other revealing item of clothing. Tank top straps must meet the ‘three finger’ rule. Shorts, skirts and dresses must reach fingertips when arms are placed at the students' sides. No hats or head coverings (except for religious reasons). Students should keep a change of clothes in their lockers for P.E. class, along with a sweatshirt as the building temperature fluctuates greatly.”
Transportation services look different for each of ACT’s sending towns. For the 2016-2017 school year, Brooklyn, Norwich (also bussing Sprague), Plainfield, Putnam (also bussing Pomfret & Woodstock) and Windham (for students who live more than 2 miles from ACT) are providing bussing to and from ACT. EASTCONN transportation services also provides transportation to and from regional stops in Ashford, Chaplin, Colchester, Coventry, Hebron, Lebanon, Mansfield, Stafford and Willington. Transportation routes are scheduled over the summer and locations are subject to change due to enrollment.
Yes. Hot lunch at ACT is $3.00 and the menu is posted online and in the school lobby at the beginning of each month. Free/Reduced lunch applications are available for those who choose to apply. The reduced lunch price is 40¢. New in the 2016-2017 school year, ACT also offers free breakfast to all students between 8:15am and 8:35am. Breakfast offerings are listed on the lunch menu.
ACT has a three-part application process. All interested students must complete an application, a shadow day and an audition. Once an applicant completes steps 1-3, they will be eligible for the lottery process. Reference the Admissions Page for additional information.
ACT is a high school option available to all Connecticut high school students. In order to attend ACT, you must be a resident of a Connecticut town and registered as a student in that town. A number of member districts (partners) have agreed to provide a limited number of seats for the students in their town to attend ACT. ACT's member districts are: Eastford, Killingly, Norwich, Plainfield, Putnam, Stafford, Windham and Woodstock.