NECA Approved For Separate School Status By The State

NECA Approved For Separate School Status By The State
Posted on 01/24/2019
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The Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) will become its own NPS high school effective July 1, 2019. A P-Tech model leader in the state, NECA was granted separate school status approval by The State Department of Education in mid-January. NECA is currently housed in Norwalk High School and will remain in this location.

The shift will affect how SAT scores, school performance indexes, graduation rates and class rankings are reported. Data will now be broken out separately from the overall Norwalk High School student population. Financially, the separate school status allows the district to apply for federal grants.


This year, due to high demand, NECA held its first ever lottery with over 140 applications having been submitted. There will be a waitlist for those who are not initially accepted.


NECA currently provides 400 Norwalk students with the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree while taking college courses during high school. A partnership with IBM gives NECA students access to mentorships, worksite visits, paid internships and first-in-line consideration for available jobs at IBM. Last May, 12 NECA students finished college without debt and with the skills to compete in well-paying technology fields or to continue their education. One of these graduates now holds a sought-after position at IBM.

The request to submit the application to the state was a recommendation made by the P-Tech Steering Committee comprised of Norwalk Community College, IBM and Norwalk Public Schools. This is not the first time that NPS has received separate status for a school. In 2017 after a state audit, the Center for Global Studies (CGS) became its own school. CGS is housed in Brien McMahon High School.