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A legitimate
step forward

The Academy at Watkinson

a Post-Graduate (PG) year
for students who are college-bound
but not yet college-ready

why consider the academy at watkinson

Given the challenges created by COVID-19, recent high school graduates may feel uncertain about starting college in the fall for a whole host of reasons:

  • anxiety about traveling away from home
  • stress about communal college living
  • worry that the experience won’t be what they hoped for.

The Academy at Watkinson is a post-graduate year for day students who may take up to two classes per semester at the University of Hartford while strengthening their high school transcript with classes at Watkinson. Students start to earn college credit while still experiencing the benefits of a small community. Academy students also reap the full benefits of Watkinson’s nationally-recognized college counseling office.

Hannah Ortiz, Academy ’19, attending Clark University

“Watkinson allows you to build your entire image; they see you as a person holistically.”

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erica smith-rapaport, parent of Samm, Academy ’20

“The structure of high school with the flexibility of college.”

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Learning Skills Program
& The Academy

A flagship program in the education field, Watkinson’s Learning Skills Program serves students with high motivation and academic potential who need support in academic and/or study skills. The goal is for every student to develop compensatory skills to become a self-advocate through understanding their strengths and needs.  Learn more here.

International students
& The Academy

The Academy at Watkinson welcomes international students from all over the world. International students enjoy a real American immersion experience, living either on campus or with an American host family.  The Academy offers tremendous learning and leadership opportunities through internships, high school as well as university classes, athletics, the arts, and our excellent ELL (English Language Learners) program.  Our outstanding college guidance program will assist you with the entire college application process and will help you find the perfect fit.

Want to know more about the Academy?

John Crosson

John Crosson

Director of Admission

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