9th Grade Academy Partnership
Starting in September of each year, the first of six teams of approximately 100 new freshman students from the Ninth Grade Academy visit the CCSU campus for the first of four cycles or interactions at the university. Thereafter, each Friday another 100 students will come to campus until all 600 students have an opportunity to experience the same cycle of programming. Once each of the teams experiences the same itinerary, the next cycle begins. The first visit is basically to welcome the students to CCSU, to tour parts of the campus, participate in a planetarium show, view faculty art work, and, lastly, eat in the student center. For the remaining visits on campus, students will be working with their New Britain teachers on a theme of sustainability, using the topic of water as it connects to their 9th grade curriculum, with the aim of meeting student competencies as defined by the School District. Faculty and CCSU students have been involved in sharing their expertise by making presentations to the New Britain students. The aim is to give the New Britain students exposure to the experiences of a college student.