A blending of
Academia and the Arts
Through the integration of artistic and academic learning, students prepare for success in the 21st century, as they develop their skills as critical thinkers, collaborators, creators and effective communicators.
ACT’s academic courses, which are based on the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Curriculum Frameworks and Connecticut Core Standards in English and math, thoroughly integrate concepts from the performing arts. Small class sizes and differentiated instruction allow students’ individual learning needs to be addressed, while hands-on learning experiences and performance-based assessments measure student growth in arts and academic subjects.
ACT’s academic subject areas include core requirements and electives in math, science, social studies, English, world language, and physical education. Students get to choose other electives such as Historical Documentary, Revolutionary Sounds: The History of Popular Music, Culture of Film, and Newspaper. In their senior year, students complete a Senior Capstone Project. The purpose of this project is to engage each student in a personalized learning experience and demonstration that represents the culmination of their learning in the arts-based major of their choice.
ACT students choose a major based upon their individual interests and talents. These majors give students a chance to focus on an area of interest with purpose and intent. Students can choose from Acting/Performance, Audio/Video Production, Creative Writing, Dance, or Theater Production. Each major has its own required courses in addition to ACT’s required courses for graduation.
College Course Opportunities
In addition to college prep and honors courses offered at ACT, an agreement with Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) enables students to earn college credits at no cost by attending university classes. Additional opportunities to pursue college-level work are available thanks to a partnership with Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), located just three blocks from ACT.
ACT graduates are currently attending, or have attended, the following colleges and universities:
Columbia College Chicago
East Carolina University
Eastern Connecticut State University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Franklin Pierce University
Johnson & Wales University
Lake Forest College
Manchester Community College
Middlesex Community College
New England Institute of Art
New England Institute of Technology
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Plymouth State University
Quinebaug Valley Community College
Rhode Island College
Roger Williams University
Three Rivers Community College
University of Connecticut
University of Maine –Farmington
University of the Arts –Philadelphia