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 2017-18 (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 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 Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) lottery. This is the only acceptance path to Great Path Academy. The lottery dates run from November 1, 2016  through February 28, 2017. 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 our Theme Coach, DaSheena Robinson . If considered eligible for preference, you must still complete an application, submit it by January 29 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 Instructional Coach, DaSheena Robinson, at 860-512-3756 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 2017-18, please take the time to come and get to know our school community.

Open Houses will be held on November 14 and December 8, January 26, and February 16 at Great Path Academy on the Manchester Community College campus. Open house will run from 5:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m. The street address for the school is Great Path,60 Bidwell Street, Manchester, CT 06040. Families attending can follow signs for parking for GPA/East Lot.
Please call the Great Path Academy Magnet Theme Coach, DaSheena Robinson, at 860-512-3756, to schedule a tour and a meeting to learn more about GPA!

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 January 2017.

School Uniform

Please click here to view the 2016-17 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.