About Great Path Academy

Mission Statement

The mission of Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College is to provide an innovative learning environment that supports students from diverse backgrounds in developing the values, self-discipline, work habits, academic and life skills needed to achieve success. Students at Great Path Academy are fully immersed into the college community and are encouraged to accelerate their post-secondary studies by supplementing their high school program with college coursework.


Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College is a middle college, inter-district magnet high school for students in grades nine through twelve. The school operates under the auspices of the Board of Regents for Higher Education and is managed by Hartford Public Schools.

Students are selected to enroll in our school through a blind lottery through the Regional School Choice Office. Our students come to us from numerous towns across the Hartford County,  including, but not limited to: Hartford, Manchester, East Hartford, Bloomfield, South Windsor, Vernon, Coventry and New Britain. Graduates either meet or surpass high school graduation requirements. Students enroll in college classes as their grades, Accuplacer or SAT scores, and skills allow. They may also enroll in college coursework that enables them to meet the associate degree requirements in criminal justice, engineering, early childhood, media art or computer science. Students are required to earn 25 credits to align with the Connecticut High School Reform Initiative.

Student Body

The 328 students enrolled in Fall 2018 at Great Path Academy come from 25 towns and 63 high schools around Manchester Community College. They are selected to attend Great Path Academy by entering their names into a blind lottery which is held annually by the Regional School Choice Office. Presently there is a waiting list for several towns. Support services are available to students with special needs. As a magnet school, we place value on representing cultural diversity within our student population. Great Path Academy strives to be compliant under the Sheff vs. O’Neill legislation.

School Facilities

The State of Connecticut appropriated $28 million to construct a high school on the campus of Manchester Community College. The high school facility opened in Fall 2009. It includes 16 classrooms, three science labs, a world language lab, a culinary arts center, a graphic design lab, a gymnasium and a student meeting center attached to the college. The school consists of a two-story building surrounding a courtyard.

Look here for maps of GPA’s first floor and second floor.

Our Students Succeed

We are proud that our students performed extremely well on SAT!Due to these accomplishments we are now awarded the Bronze Medal from U.S. News! We are very proud of our students’ accomplishments. 100 percent of our seniors graduated and, in addition, 100 percent of our seniors headed off to college in the fall! We are looking forward to continuing to support our current students in attaining these same goals.


PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a program that has been implemented at Great Path Academy, in order to foster a healthy and positive learning environment. Please read more about the program in our PBIS parent brochure; more information can also be found online on the PBIS website. If you have any questions specific to Great Path Academy’s implementation, please contact our PBIS coach, Mr. Buder.

“Gotcha Paws”

What are these “Gotcha Paws”? Every time we catch your son or daughter demonstrating the attributes of GPA (Respect, Responsibility and Safety) we award them a “Gotcha Paw”. These can be redeemed for supplies from our school store and raffle prizes.

Read about GPA’s Partnerships.

Great Path Academy at MCC does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; religious creed; age; gender; gender identity or expression; national origin; marital status; ancestry; present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability; political belief; veteran status or sexual orientation.  The following individual has been designated to respond to inquires regarding non-discrimination policies: Karyn Brooks , Title IX  coordinator,  email kbrooks@hartfordschools.org.