College & Career Readiness


Sonia Dinnall     Executive Director of College & Career Readiness    



Jennifer Brown     Executive Administrative Assistant for the High School Graduation Initiative       860-695-8734

When students are in our classrooms and the bell rings, that is our complete focus. But we also consider it our duty to prepare them for what awaits them as adults. A college diploma is a tremendous advantage in today’s job market. It is our mission to ensure that all Hartford Public Schools students are prepared to compete and succeed in the global economy.
That is why our Strategic Operating Plan is structured so that our three main goals — Third Grade Promise, Middle Years Redesign, and College Readiness — lead to the overarching goal of College and Career Success.

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College readiness initiatives that are already underway include:

  • Offering the PSAT, free of charge, to all Sophomores and Juniors during the school day
  • Offering the SAT, free of charge, to all Sophomores and Juniors during the school day
  • Increasing student enrollment in college courses while in high school
  • Increasing college and career exploration for all students through college visits and other meaningful college experiences
  • Increasing college partnerships to enhance the development of college level academic skills
  • Expanding the development of College and Career Readiness Plans so that each school has a roadmap for creating and sustaining a college-going culture

Other initiatives that the district is pursuing in support of this goal include:

  • Instituting October as College Awareness Month, which began in 2012 and will recur every October.
  • The Hartford Promise: a scholarship program which will be offered to all eligible Hartford students, beginning in 2016, who maintain a minimum GPA requirement and meet attendance goals.

For more information, please contact Sonia Dinnall, Director, College & Career Readiness.