HPS Partners with Capital Community College, Virtual High School to Offer Virtual College Courses to Students

HPS Partners with Capital Community College, Virtual High School to Offer Virtual College Courses to Students

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Hartford Public Schools Partners with Capital Community College and Virtual High School to Offer Virtual College Courses to Students

(Nov. 9, 2020, Hartford, Conn.) — To offer Hartford Public Schools students access to virtual college-level and Advanced Placement (AP) courses, HPS has partnered with Capital Community College and Virtual High School. Through this initiative, HPS students have expanded opportunities to access college-level courses that will enhance their readiness for college and career.

Through the partnership, more than 100 HPS high school students are currently taking college-level courses in subject areas including biotechnology, computer science, English, and physics at Capital Community College. Students are also enrolled in an AP Psychology course through Virtual High School. All of the courses are free for students. 

The courses are in addition to AP courses the district offers HPS students at its high schools. They cover a wide range of disciplines, including Art History, Calculus, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, and U.S. History, among many others. These offerings demonstrate the district’s commitment to provide an equitable education to all students, especially those who have not historically had access to college-level courses. 

“This partnership with Capital Community College and Virtual High School offers all our high school students access and opportunity to take courses that will prepare them for college success,” said Superintendent Dr. Leslie Torres-Rodriguez. “It aligns with our mission to work with our partners to inspire and prepare our students to succeed in and beyond school.”

“Access to higher education, particularly to our Hartford schools, is important to Capital,” said Dr. G. Duncan Harris, CEO of Capital Community College. “We have been offering early access to high school students via our partnership with the Hartford Public School system for years. We are incredibly proud of the work we have done together and this is another example of us banding together to support Hartford scholars.”

The partnership and access to college-level and AP courses aligns with HPS’ major Teaching and Learning priority to ensure students graduate ready for college and life.

 

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