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Course Levels and College Partnership Programs


College Prep (CP)

CP courses meet stringent scholastic requirements and prepare students to meet the academic demands necessary for two and four-year colleges and universities, technical schools, the military, and work-readiness for employment.

Honors (H)

Honors (H) courses explore the subject matter in-depth and in a comprehensive and accelerated approach. The courses are intended for students who have demonstrated motivation, interests, and achievement in previous courses taken in that content area. Successful completion of Honors courses adds 0.5 weighted credit to a student’s rank and GPA.

Advanced Placement (AP)  

AP offers students the opportunity to take college-level courses while in high school to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both. Each AP course concludes with a college-level assessment which is an essential part of the AP experience enabling students to demonstrate mastery of their college-level course work. 

Early College Studies (ECS)

ECS program is offered to all Stamford’s high school students allowing them to concurrently earn a high school diploma as well as an Associate’s Degree in Software Engineering, Mobile Programming, or Web Development and Design from Norwalk Community College. ECS is modeled after a national program with a proven track record for increasing graduates’ immediate enrollment into college while preparing them for immediate employment in the technology industry. Students benefit from rigorous coursework, mentoring, tutoring, and potential internships for qualified students. For additional program information visit: College Programming for SHS Students.

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (IBDP)

IB MYP and IBDP are offered to all Stamford’s high school students to prepare them to think critically about the world around them and equip them with the knowledge and skills to increase their intercultural understanding and respect for others. The IB Middle Years Program (IBMYP) is for 9th and 10th grade students, while the IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) is for 11th and 12th  grade students. The goal is for IB students to keenly develop strong attributes throughout their IB education and maturation: inquiry, knowledge, thinking, communicating, caring, open-mindedness, principle, risk-taking, balance, and self-reflection.. For additional program information visit: College Programming for SHS Students.

Norwalk Community College High School Partnership Program

NCC Program offers highly motivated and academically qualified students to take credit-bearing CT State Norwalk courses while a high school student at no cost. The courses the student is eligible to take are determined by Norwalk’s placement and course prerequisite criteria. The student may take one or two courses per semester in the fall and/or spring semesters.  The CT State Norwalk courses must meet outside of regularly scheduled high school hours. For additional program information visit: NCC High School Partnership Program.

University of Connecticut - Early College Experience (ECE)

ECE provides academically motivated students the opportunity to take challenging courses that allow students to preview college work, build confidence in their readiness for college, and earn college credits that provide both an academic and financial head start toward a college degree. UConn ECE instructors are high school teachers, certified as adjunct professors by the University. UConn ECE faculty fosters independent learning, creativity, and critical thinking – all-important for success in college. Students must complete the course with a grade of C or better to receive university credit on a UConn transcript. University credits are transferable to many colleges and universities. Courses are offered in a variety of content areas at each of Stamford’s high schools. Students are charged registered course credit plus a resource fee. Fee waivers are available. For additional program information visit: UConn Early College Experience.