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Post University High School Academy

Jumpstart your college education. 

Post University High School Academy provides high school students with the exciting opportunity to enroll in undergraduate college courses. In these dual enrollment credit-bearing courses, students can enhance their academic knowledge through the experience and rigor of a college course, interact with peers and Post University faculty, and get a head start exploring fields of interest.

Dual enrollment courses for high school students are offered in three convenient modalities:

  • 8-week accelerated online classes
  • 16-week classes taught at the students’ high schools by a credentialed instructor
  • 16-week semester classes at Post University’s scenic campus in Waterbury, CT
Mission

Post University High School Academy is dedicated to supporting students investing in themselves by providing equitable and affordable access to an early college learning experience with college classes for high school students. Post University High School Academy will cultivate in students a vision of success, at the collegiate level and beyond, through personal, meaningful, and enriching course work.

Benefits of Post University High School Academy
  • Take undergraduate dual-enrollment courses with peers from around the country online, engage in college-level coursework at their own school, or gain collegiate experience on Post University’s campus
  • Gain experience through dual-credit classes by exploring a career or area interest. Students may register for courses in fields such as Law, Marketing, Management, Criminal Justice, STEM, Early Childhood, and Equine Studies, just to name a few
  • An opportunity to earn college credits that may transfer to the college of their choice* and/or complete a certificate or degree program while still in high school
  • Students receive an official Post University transcript
  • Realize significant financial savings. Earning college credits while in high school is like giving yourself a college scholarship. The more credits one earns, the less they’ll need to spend toward their future degree
  • Experience success now. Succeeding in a rigorous college course will have created a vision of achievement that can be carried throughout future endeavors
  • Students enjoy the same benefits of a fully admitted student, including a personal academic advisor, access to student services, 24/7 tutoring support, invitations to special events, discounts at local establishments, and Post University swag.

*Regarding transfer of earned credits, each university has its own policy

How to Apply

Post University courses through High School Academy are reduced to $300 per course. This is an 85% savings off the cost of a typical college course. Required texts are normally built into our learning management system so there are typically no books to purchase and there are never any additional fees.

High school students who demonstrate the ability to maintain academic excellence are eligible and encouraged to enroll in courses. To qualify, students must have:

  • A high school transcript demonstrating a GPA of 3.0+
  • Recommendation Form from a teacher, counselor, or administrator at the current school
  • Completed Student Agreement Form
  • Completed High School Academy Application

Ready to Apply: High School Academy Application

Students whose high school already have a partnership with Post University are encouraged to talk with their school counselor or school administrator to learn how they can pursue for credit dual enrollment courses through our High School Academy. If a student’s school does not have a partnership with Post University High School Academy, they can request more information or complete the application, and our High School Academy Program Coordinator will help get the student started on the path to higher education!

 

Partner Schools/Districts

While a student may participate in Post University High School Academy on their own, below you will find our current list of participating educational partners:

  • Ansonia High School
  • Bloomfield High School
  • Derby High School
  • Education Without Walls
  • Explorations Charter School
  • Faith Preparatory School
  • Highville Change Academy
  • Holy Cross High School
  • Hope Academy
  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
  • Naugatuck High School
  • Oxford High School
  • South Hadley High School (MA)
  • Thomaston High School
  • Waterbury Public Schools
  • Watertown High School

Post University High School Academy Success Stories

Waterbury Public Schools / Post University Early College High School

The City of Waterbury, Waterbury Public Schools, and Post University announced a joint partnership in the creation of an Early College High School (ECHS) which opened at the beginning of the 2020-2021 academic year. The ECHS is a unique partnership designed to eliminate barriers between high school and higher education in order to create a more seamless path for students toward college and a career.

ECHS offers students the opportunity to earn an Associate’s degree in Accounting, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Legal Studies, Management, or Marketing, while simultaneously earning a High School Diploma.

For more information regarding ECHS, please visit https://www.waterbury.k12.ct.us/ or you can Apply Now.

Thomaston High School / Certificate in Paralegal Studies

In partnership with Post University’s High School Academy and the Burke School of Public Service and Education, Thomaston High School offers participating students an opportunity  to earn a Certificate in Paralegal Studies concurrent to their High School Diploma through dual-credit classes. Interested students will take courses such as Introduction to Law, Legal Research, Civil Litigation, and Business Law, just to name a few. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have earned 30 college credits and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.

Highville Change Academy

As one of the first partners with Post University High School Academy, Highville Change Academy students have been participating in dual-enrollment courses at Post for over five years. During that time, multiple students have completed degree work and earned their associate degree. One Highville Change Academy student in 2020 even earned her bachelor’s degree, all the while still in high school.

“I took advantage of the Post High School Academy via my high school Holy Cross in Waterbury, CT. I thought this was an excellent opportunity to not only get a head start on college but also a way to explore different types of courses that might pique my interest.”

Alana Snow – Holy Cross High School (2021), Post University (2025)

“High School Academy and Early College High School is the perfect place for an enthusiastic learner to reach their potential. You can really discover things about yourself that you never knew you were capable of.”

Gabriella Francis – Early College High School / Crosby High School (2024)

“I took advantage of the Post High School Academy via my high school Holy Cross in Waterbury, CT. I thought this was an excellent opportunity to not only get a head start on college but also a way to explore different types of courses that might pique my interest..”

Alana Snow – Holy Cross High School (2021), Post University (2025)

“I have been able to watch them make leaps and bounds in their maturity and confidence while taking these classes. They gain communication skills, time management skills, and most importantly, the knowledge that they have the ability to tackle university-level coursework.”

Shea Coughlin – Registrar/Media Manager, Education without Walls

“The HSA Program at Post is an amazing opportunity for students to earn college credit at a fraction of the cost. I love that they are given a college transcript upon completion, which is not the same with an AP course.”

Jennie Batista – Applied Technologies Instructor, Oxford High School

“Joining the Early College High School through Post University’s High School Academy has been the best thing that has ever happened to me.”

Mickal Holmes – Early College High School / Crosby High School (2024)

“The opportunity that Post University provides to high school students is second to none. Our collaboration allows our students to not only earn college credits but earn a certification in Paralegal Studies. The education they receive from our in-house attorney and staff members and collegiate professors at Post is of the highest caliber.”

Breanna Riollano – School Counselor, Department Chair, Thomaston High School

“Waterbury Public Schools’ Early College High School (ECHS) at Crosby High School is an outstanding partnership with Post University High School Academy…The successful student at ECHS becomes well positioned for college and beyond.”

Dr. Verna D. Ruffin – Superintendent, Waterbury Public Schools

Attention High School Administrators, Educators, and Superintendents

Are you interested in a partnership with Post University’s High School Academy? Would you like to bring the Early College High School model to your district? Contact Chad McGuire, Director, High School Academy and Continuing Education Programs at cmcguire@post.edu or call 203.596.4532.

For more information complete the form below, contact High School Academy Program Coordinator Kayla Murphy at kmurphy@post.edu or call 203.596.4558

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