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Updated High School Program of Studies Adopted

Updated High School Program of Studies Adopted
Posted on 02/21/2019
HS Program of Studies CoverThe newly revised Norwalk High Schools Program of Study will provide 21st century learning opportunities to Norwalk students through school choice and pathways. The Norwalk Board of Education approved the program, which will go into effect starting with the 2019-2020 school year. The program was refined to reflect the vision of the Strategic Operating Plan to ensure the success of all students by raising the bar, closing the gaps. 

Highlights to the revised High School Program of Studies include:

Revised programming for the four NPS high schools including Norwalk High School, Brien McMahon High School, Center for Global Students (CGS), and The Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA). 

New descriptions for Alternative Education Credit Recovery and On-Line Learning. These programs offer students the option to learn through a small supportive environment with an interdisciplinary approach.

A variety of new courses have been added to the program including Latin American Studies, Computer Repair and IT, Public Health and Epidemiology, and Marine Science.

The Program of Studies also reflects Norwalk’s transition to 26 credits for graduation. A Capstone requirement is being finalized.

The updated program also focuses on providing student choice via Pathways. Pathways provide a framework to help students grasp what the next part of their academic life will look like. 

NPS provides a variety of pathways and choice programs for students including the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, Center for Global Studies Magnet High School, Medical Healthcare Academy, and the newly introduced Marine Science Academy at Brien McMahon High School. Norwalk High School offers The Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) and the Digital Media and Communication Academy.

The Norwalk High School Digital Media & Communications Academy designed the newly revised 2019-2020 Program of Studies cover. A partnership with Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network and NPS, students enter college or career with a mastery of industry standard computer programs. 

Click here for the full 2019-20 High School Program of Studies


Norwalk Public Schools Pathways and School Choice Programs:

Center for Global Studies Magnet High School (CGS) 
Housed within the Brien McMahon building, CGS provides students with the opportunity to study Chinese, Japanese and Middle Eastern languages and culture with a focus on global mindedness. Each year, students participate in two-week study tours to destinations across the globe. Acceptance is via lottery.

Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) 
Located within the Norwalk High School building, NECA is a P-TECH model leader in the state. The Academy provides 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. NECA will be renamed P-TECH Norwalk this summer. Acceptance is by lottery. 

International Baccalaureate Diploma
The IB Diploma Program at Brien McMahon High School is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year pre-university course of study. Major college and universities regard International Baccalaureate diplomas as excellent preparation for college. IB programs have also been demonstrated to impact college acceptance rates, with the average acceptance rate of IB students into universities 22 percent higher than the average acceptance rate of the total population. Many competitive universities will grant semester credits for a particular course if a student receives a qualifying score in an IB class, or may grant a full year of college credit for students earning an IB diploma.

McMahon Medical Healthcare Academy

The McMahon Medical Healthcare Academy offers students the ability to earn health certifications through a partnership with Norwalk Community College (NCC) and Norwalk Hospital. Students who participate in the McMahon Healthcare Academy can earn certification, which will enable them to secure jobs after graduation such as an Emergency Medical Technicians, Phlebotomy Assistants and Patient Care Technicians. 

The Academy is an approved school for the Biomedical Science pathway for which all students will take the three-course sequence as part of their experience in the program with the opportunity to earn college credit in these areas. They will also gain membership in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), a national organization of future healthcare professionals.

Marine Science Academy
This pathway, which will launch during the 2019-2020 school year, will expose students to the techniques and technology that are current and relevant in the diverse Marine Science field. Through partnerships with local and regional industries in the field, students will gain hands on field experiences, internships and apprenticeships. Concurrently with the STEM courses, students will follow a 4-course sequence of Marine Studies. Acceptance into the Academy is by application only.

Digital Media and Communications Academy

The Norwalk High School Digital Media and Communications Academy is a partnership with Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network and NPS. This partnership allows students to learn using a hands on approach while exposing them to programs that will enable them to enter college or career with mastery of industry standard computer programs. These students produce media content through multiple mediums. Students have the opportunity to get college credit by taking dual enrollment courses at Norwalk Community College.