Prospective Students

New/Prospective Students:

How do I become a Student Cougar at Great Path Academy?

We are a public magnet high school. We have open seats for all four grade levels, freshman through senior, for the school year of 2019-20 (next year). Our school is free of charge to families to attend and transportation is provided through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) .

If you are interested in Great Path Academy, please attend an open house (see below for dates and times) and then visit to create an account and apply online. We accept students through the RSCO lottery. This is the only acceptance path to Great Path Academy. The lottery dates run from November 1, 2019 through February 28, 2020. If an application is submitted late, the student’s chance of acceptance is slim. We do offer staff preference not only for our staff here at GPA, but for the Manchester Community College staff, as well, in addition to sibling preference. If you are eligible for either of these preferences, please contact GPA Office Assistant, Janice Mickel . If considered eligible for preference, you must still complete an application, submit it by February 28th and also submit your name to the school as an ‘application with preference’. Late applications not only do not receive preference if eligible, but also are unlikely to be awarded placement as a late application goes to the very bottom of the application list.

For guidance and more information about the application process, along with videos to explain how to apply, please click here.  In addition, this process can be overwhelming or confusing at times.  We understand and are here to guide you through the process.  Please call Janice Mickel at 860-512-3700 with any questions at any time.

GPA Open House for Prospective Students

Students and families who are interested in attending Great Path Academy for the school year of 2019-20 should plan on attending an open house as a way to get to know the GPA community.

Open houses will be held on November 14th ,  December 12th,   January 16th.  All open houses will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.  Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Please call DaSheena Robinson at 860-512-3700 for additional information.

Be a Student Cougar for a Day!

If you are interested in scheduling a shadow half-day, please contact DaSheena Robinson at 860-512-3756. We are welcoming visiting prospective students one half day a month through February 2020. Shadow dates are as follows: November 21st, December 17th, January 21st. Shadow days begin at 7:30 and end at 11:30. 

School Uniform

We currently have three vendors that are available from which to purchase our school uniform:

  • GimaSport. Available through online order only. Please visit .
  • Lands’ End. Available through online order only. Please visit and click on the “School Uniform” link, then “Find Your School’s Dress Code”.
  • Mag and Son. Please call 860-229-4900 for more information. They are located at 171 Pascone Place, Newington, CT 06111.

Please note the following change to the school uniform: the fleece is no longer a part of our school uniform. It can be worn to and from school, but not during the school day.


Any inquiries about transportation can be made by calling 860-524-4077.

Manchester Public Schools is responsible for Manchester students. If you have any inquiries about Manchester specifically, please call 860-647-3476.