Where am I Going to High School?
Ellen L. Rosoff, School Counselor
Discovery 8th graders must apply to the various interdistrict high schools, unless they are planning to attend their neighborhood high school in the town in which they live. All other high schools will determine acceptance for the following school year by 7th grade final grades, 7th grade SBAC scores, attendance record, behavior reports, recommendation letters & 1st quarter grades of 8th grade.
Dear 8th Grade Parents and Guardians,
Although the school year has just begun, it's also time to think about high school choices for next year. Discovery Magnet students have automatic entry to Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet High School as a freshman, but if you are considering other options, now is the time to begin researching those schools and their application process. There are many high schools, locally and in other districts, that may be appealing. Most of these schools require above average grades, solid standardized test scores, strong effort/conduct marks, and consistent attendance. I strongly encourage you and your child to attend the open houses of schools of interest in order to get a true "feel" for the environment.
Here we have provided brief information about the various high schools, most of which are in Bridgeport. Please know that these are not the only options available. Feel free to explore private schools and/or your district public high schools on your own if that is what you are considering for your child. Please be mindful of application deadlines and that most, if not all, applications are available online.
HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS
Preparing for High School :
AN OVERVIEW OF HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS
Fairchild Wheeler Interdistrict Magnet High School, Bridgeport
For students interested in the STEM areas of study. The campus is divided into three separate schools: Information Technology & Software Engineering, Biotechnology & Zoological Science, Aerospace Engineering & Physical Sciences. DISCOVERY MAGNET STUDENTS HAVE AUTOMATIC ENRTY AND DO NOT NEED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LOTTERY.
Bridgeport Military Academy, Bridgeport
Targets students interested in first responder careers, focusing on police, fire, emergency medical, homeland security, and military services.
Bridgeport Regional Aquaculture Science And Technology Center, Bridgeport
Targets students interested in a rigorous curriculum within the areas of Marine Science and Technology. Students are provided with many hands-on experiences, as well as learning opportunities taking place on marine ships on the Long Island Sound. Students attend Aquaculture during half of the school day, and their district high school for the other half.
Central High School Magnet, Bridgeport
Targets very capable students who have high grades and CMT scores. Central High School Magnet offers a challenging college prep. curriculum, as well as Advanced Placement courses. Students should have A's and B's, as well as excellent behavior.
Technical High Schools: Bullard Havens (Bridgeport); Platt (Milford); Emmett O'Brien (Ansonia)
Targets students who are interested in developing their skills that will assist in obtaining a job in a particular trade after graduation. Visit www.cttech.org for more information.
Regional Agriscience and Biotechnology Center, Trumbull
Targets highly capable students who are interested in a science-based curriculum with hands-on learning experiences. Students should have A's, as well as excellent behavior. Visit www.trumbullps.org for more information.
Center for Global Studies @ Brien McMahon, Norwalk
Targets highly qualified students who are interested in International Studies and World Languages. Students should consistently display excellent behavior and have a history of achieving high honors (all A's). Students attend high school in Norwalk. Visit www.centerglobalstudies.org for more information.
Regional Center for the Arts (RCA), Trumbull
Targets students who wish to pursue and develop their talent in the performing arts. Students attend their district high school for half of the day, and are transported to RCA for the remainder of the afternoon. The program is from 1pm -4pm. Visit www.ces.k12.ct.us for more information.
Academy for Law and Social Justice, New Haven
Targets students who wish to pursue a career in law. Application available January until March 4.
INFORMATION ABOUT ALL PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS WITHIN BRIDGEPORT (EXCLUDING BULLARD-HAVENS) CAN BE FOUND ON WWW.BRIDGEPORTEDU.COM.
PLEASE CHECK WEBSITES FOR OPEN HOUSE AND APPLICATION INFORMATION.