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Quinebaug Middle College Deadline for 2021-2022 Applications is January 29

EASTCONN’s Quinebaug Middle College (QMC), a regional magnet high school, is currently recruiting academically motivated students who will enter grades 9-12 in 2021-2022. Students seeking a more independent learning environment, tailored to their academic and career goals, are welcome to apply. The application deadline is Fri., Jan. 29, 2021. For more information or to download an application, visit www.eastconn.org/qmc

QMC is located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC), at 742 Upper Maple St., Danielson. 

QMC offers high school students the unique middle college experience, which enables them to earn a high school degree, while also earning college credits from QVCC at no additional cost. Once enrolled at QMC, students will have access to high-tech laboratories, career and vocational resources, and other college amenities. 

Students who successfully complete QVCC courses have an advantage when applying to college or any post-secondary program, not only because they’ve earned free, transferrable college credits, but because they’ve demonstrated their ability to succeed in a college environment. Highly motivated students can graduate from high school with enough credits to earn an associate’s degree. 

Areas of study at QMC include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), liberal arts, the humanities, allied health or advanced manufacturing. 

To learn more, call QMC Interim Principal David Howes at 860-455-3997, or reach him at dhowes@eastconn.org

QMC is operated by EASTCONN as part of a partnership that includes QVCC, Brooklyn, Franklin, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Thompson, Voluntown, Windham and Woodstock. Enrollment is not limited to students who live in partner towns; students from across the region are welcome to apply. 

EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of schools and communities in northeastern Connecticut since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org


ACT Performing Arts Magnet High School Deadline for 2021-2022 Applications is January 29

EASTCONN’s Arts at the Capitol Theater (ACT) magnet high school is currently accepting academically motivated, grade 9-12 students seeking intensive study in the performing arts.

The application deadline for 2021-2022 school year is Fri., Jan. 29, 2021. For more information or to download an application, visit www.eastconn.org/act.

As part of National School Choice Week, ACT Principal Sarah Mallory will host a Virtual Q&A event Mon., Jan. 25, 2021, from 6-7:00 p.m. To participate, visit www.eastconn.org/act for the Zoom link.

Housed in Willimantic’s historic Capitol Theater, ACT enrolls students from 37 towns in its NEASC-accredited, interdisciplinary and arts-infused academic program. Each grade is limited to approximately 35 students, making ACT an intimate, highly focused artistic learning environment.

ACT students select a major focus area from among five arts disciplines that include acting/vocal performance, audio/video production, creative writing, dance and theater production (set design, lighting design and costuming).

Students have daily creative experiences in ACT’s state-of-the-art facility that features a fully equipped theater, a scene shop, audio/video editing suites, dance studios and a costume shop.

Partnerships with Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) and Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) allow qualified ACT upperclassmen to enroll in college classes and earn free college credits through the state university system, while still attending ACT.

Students in all grade levels have the opportunity to participate in numerous professional-quality performances and showcase their artistic talents in competitions throughout the year.

In recent years, many ACT students have been recognized for their participation and excellence in Scholastic’s Art & Writing Awards contest, UCONN’s Connecticut Writing Project, DMV-Travelers’ Teen Safe Driving Video Contest, the Quiet Corner Film Festival, the national Future of Technology Essay Competition and other state and nation-wide contests and competitions.

EASTCONN, which administers ACT, is a public, non-profit Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut’s schools and communities since 1980. Learn more at www.eastconn.org.


Quinebaug Middle College
742 Upper Maple St, Danielson, CT 06239
Phone: 860-932-4100
Fax: 860-932-4950