Quinebaug Middle College
742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson, Connecticut
Principal: Gino LoRicco, 860-932-4118
A challenging, personalized learning environment
that fosters the skills, knowledge, habits and discipline necessary,
so that students from diverse backgrounds can achieve and contribute
in a positive and meaningful way to their communities.
In 2006, a small group of educators in northeast Connecticut came together to design a special program — a middle college high school — that would offer non-traditional learners in grades 10-12 an innovative educational option. Based on a model program that had succeeded at community college campuses nationwide since the mid-1970s, the new Quinebaug Valley Middle College High School (now called Quinebaug Middle College, or QMC) would offer an alternative for students who felt disconnected from their high school program and were in danger of dropping out, particularly those who were capable and independent learners. Experience showed that, with support, these non-traditional learners could succeed in this unique educational environment.
In 2008, northeast Connecticut’s QMC proposal gained final approval from the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), enabling partners from Killingly, Plainfield, Putnam, Thompson, Windham, Woodstock, Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) and EASTCONN to announce that the middle college’s doors would open at QVCC in August 2008. Excerpts from the Operation Plan.
Students lucky enough to attend the middle college high school are offered “the college experience” through a rigorous and creative academic program that not only allows them to attend classes on the QVCC campus in Danielson, but also enables them to complete their high school education at the same time. Community service is a main component of the program as students attend college-level classes and participate in real-world, hands-on projects intended to bolster student engagement, creativity and innovation.
In 2013-14, QMC began a pilot program when it enrolled incoming 9th-graders for the first time. In 2014, a 45,000-sq.-ft. addition to QVCC will allow the middle college to expand its enrollment to a total of 225 students in grades 9-12.
EASTCONN administers the middle college for the partnership. QMC is part of the CSDE’s interdistrict magnet school initiative, which seeks to reduce, eliminate or prevent the racial, ethnic or economic isolation of public school students while offering a high-quality curriculum that supports educational improvement.
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