Prospective Students

New/Prospective Students:

*The 2015-16 lottery season has an extended deadline until February 29th, 2016!

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 2016-17 (next year). Our school is free of charge to families to attend and transportation is provided through the choice office.

If you are interested in Great Path Academy, please visit an open house (see below for dates and times) and then to create an account and apply online. We accept students through the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) lottery. This is the only acceptance path to Great Path Academy. The lottery dates run from October 15th, 2015 through February 29th, 2016 this school year. 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 (MCC), as well, in addition to sibling preference. If you are eligible for either of these preferences, please contact our Theme Coach, Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton. If considered eligible for preference, you must still complete an application, submit it on time (by January 29th) 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 Great Path Academy’s Magnet Theme Coach, Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton, at (860) 512-3756 with any questions at any time.

GPA Open House Dates and Times for Prospective Great Path Academy Students:

Students and families who are interested in attending Great Path Academy for the school year of 2016-17, please take the time to come and get to know our school community.

Our Open House dates have passed for the 2015-16 lottery season.  Please call the Great Path Academy Magnet Theme Coach, Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton, at (860) 512-3756, to schedule a tour and a meeting to learn more about GPA!


All of the Open Houses are located at Great Path Academy, embedded on the Manchester Community College Campus.

60 Bidwell Street
Manchester, CT 06040

Families attending can follow signs for parking for GPA/East Lot.

Be a Student Cougar for a day!

If you are interested in scheduling a shadow half-day, please contact Anastasia DiFedele-Dutton at 860-512-3756. We are welcoming visiting prospective students one half day a month through January, 2016.

GPA is no longer accepting students for the current school year. Our school-scheduled registrations have passed. If you are a student who has been accepted to Great Path Academy for the upcoming school year, please come in and register on any school day from 9:00 am -1:00 pm. You can also call 860-512-3700 to make an appointment. You will need the following documents: student birth certificate or passport, health record (obtain from current school nurse or physician), parent ID (driver’s license), most current CAPT or CMT report, most current report card, a current utility bill (gas, electricity, lease), and a copy of the student’s social security card (the social security card is for MCC’s banner ID). Please bring what you have at home, there is no need to approach your current school for these records, as we will be sending for the complete files once your registration is complete.

Registration Paperwork: Please watch in the mail for your registration packet if you have been accepted to GPA and also have accepted your placement!  Below is a sample of some registration paperwork from past years.

GPA Registration Papers Batch 1 and GPA Registration Papers Batch 2

School Uniform

Please click here to view the 2015-16 GPA Uniform Policy.

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

  • Land’s End and is available through online order only. Please visit and click on the “School Uniform” link, then “Find Your School’s Dress Code”.
  • The Connecticut Shirt Man, Inc. Their main facility is in East Hartford at 70 Tolland St. East Hartford, CT 06108 and you can call 860-216-5496 for more information. Hours of operation are M-F, 9-5 and Saturday, 10-2.
  • Mag and Son. Their contact is 860-229-4900. please call this number 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.