High School Academy – Success Stories
A Real-World Difference
Read more for a clearer picture of what it means to earn Post credit while in high school:
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.
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)
“My experiences at Post through the High School Academy have been nothing short of delightful. Through the courses I have taken I’ve discovered my true potential as a student. Students and Professors alike are so welcoming, no matter your learning modality or your age. You will feel at home in this community and the High School Academy program at Post.”
Bejamin Dressel – Pomperaug High School (2022)
“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