Frequently Asked Questions about ACT’s Full-Day Arts High School
Q: How many 9th-, 10th-, 11th, and 12th-grade students will participate in the school?
A: Approximately 130 students from across the region.
Q: What happens if too many students apply?
A: A lottery will be held.
Q: What subjects will the core curriculum include?
A: Rigorous instruction in core academic subjects will be offered in a block schedule and include Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Spanish. Instruction will be differentiated to meet the range of student needs. Teachers will be appropriately certified. Additional courses may be available through Virtual High School.
Q: What subjects will the arts curriculum include?
A: High school students select from the full spectrum of arts courses, including acting, singing, dance, theater production, audio/video production, creative writing, and more.
Q: How is the school day scheduled?
A: Classes begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 4:25 p.m., Monday through Thursday. On Friday, classes begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 1:05 p.m.
Q: What is the school calendar?
A: It will parallel the local school calendar. Students will receive a minimum of 180 days (more than 1,000 hours) of instruction.
Q: How will students be transported to the Capitol Theater?
A: Either EASTCONN or sending districts will provide student transportation. Where appropriate, routes will be coordinated.
Q: What is the application process?
A: Applications will be sent to all eighth-grade guidance offices. In addition, applications will be available from ACT and can be downloaded here.
Q: How do prospective students and their families find out more?
A: Students and their families can schedule a time to “shadow” during an ACT School day by calling 860-465-5636.