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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

Alumni of The academy

Lee Block ’16
American University ’20, BA in International Studies and Russian Language

John Strycharz ’17
Rochester Institute of Technology ’22, BS in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

Jacquelyn Collas ’17
Emmanuel College ’21, BA in Graphic Design

Kayla Henry ’23
Central CT State University ’27

Jack Marzi ’23
Sacred Heart University ’27

Mason Battle '22, currently in a pre-veterinary program at the university of maine '26

“The Academy helped me to become a more thoughtful individual; it helped me to take the next step in my maturity.”

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Hannah Ortiz, Academy ’19, Bachelor of Arts in english, Professional Writing and New Media concentration from UMASS Boston '22

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

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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.
reasons to consider the academy at watkinson

For more than three decades, our PG program has been the right fit for students who don’t want to head straight to college from high school. The reasons students choose The Academy range from:

  • 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 classes at the University of Hartford and/or the University of Saint Joseph 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.

Want to know more about the Academy?

John Crosson

John Crosson

Director of Admission

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