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College Programming for SHS Students


College Programming for SHS Students

  • Early College Studies (ECS)- ECS is a new and exciting program offered to ALL SPS 8th grade students.  ECS allows SPS students the opportunity to graduate high school and earn an associate degree in Mobile Computing or Software Design in 4-6 years! Through creative scheduling, and dual enrolled courses with NCC, students can earn both college and high school credit through a single course! Each ECS scholar will benefit from after school tutoring, a summer program, mentorship, a tech related internship and a Chromebook to support their studies!

ECS is an application, including an interview, for a yearly cohort of 50 students with more information coming soon about the 2018-2019 application process.

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)- Students who wish to enter the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) will complete six 2-year subject courses in addition to the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course, a Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project and Extended Essay. Completion of these requirements will take place during the student's junior and senior years but out of zone students may request a transfer to SHS as incoming 9th graders with hopes of being a member of an IBDP cohort.  This amazing program will make SHS one of only 7 schools in CT authorized as an IBDP institution!  Consideration for the IBDP includes an application, as well as an interview, for a yearly cohort of 50 students with more information coming soon about the 2018-2019 process. 
  • UCONN Early College Experience (ECE)- So let's be clear, ECE is NOT ECS..... UCONN ECE classes are open and available to ANY/ALL 11th and 12th grade students.  SHS has over 15 UCONN ECE certified adjunct professors teaching over 16 different UCONN ECE classes ranging from music theory, Spanish and physics!  Students who schedule to take and ECE class can do so by talking to their guidance counselor in early spring and completing the UCONN ECE registration.  Successful completion of an ECE course results in an actual UCONN transcript (transferable to colleges and universities upon graduation) at a dramatically reduced cost to the student/family.


Early College Studies at Stamford High School (ECS)


Main website:

Welcome to Stamford Early College Studies at Stamford High School


ECS Director: Adam Scianna 203-977-5398 (


Preview Application & Essay Question: Click here.

ECS Application: Click here.

What is ECS?

ECS is a new and exciting program offered to ALL SPS 8th grade students. 

ECS will allow SPS students the opportunity to graduate high school and earn an associate degree in a technology based field in 4-6 years! Through creative scheduling, and dual enrolled courses, students can earn both college and high school credit through a single course. Students must demonstrate readiness before enrolling in college courses.

Daily after school tutoring, a summer program, and a Chromebook for each ECS scholar!

Application and interview process will establish an initial cohort of 50 students who will open ECS Fall.

ECS Partnerships

Stamford Public Schools - Students are enrolled as Stamford High School students and will complete their SPS graduation requirements, sports, clubs and other activities at SHS.

Norwalk Community College - ECS students will become a member of the NCC student body and once a student demonstrates college readiness, they will begin NCC courses! Some courses may be taught at SHS using adjunct NCC professors while others may include NCC staff at SHS with the opportunity later in the program allowing students to travel to NCC campuses (transportation will be provided) for classes as well!

Mayor's Youth Employment Program - Will provide ECS students with PAID internships during the summer of their Junior year in a placement that will allow students to put their new found technology skills and knowledge to use!

Stamford Public Education Foundation - or SPEF, will be provided a 1:1 mentor throughout your involvement at ECS. Mentors and ECS students will meet in person at SHS events a minimum of 4 times over the course of a school year and another 4 times using a secure and monitored electronic platform. SPEF mentors are Inspiring, caring and encouraging role models who will provide meaningful feedback and guidance on coursework, scheduling and strategies and tools for navigating through the high school and college aspects of the ECS program. SPEF mentors will serve as a 'window' into careers, emphasizing workplace learning skills, assisting with with goal setting and monitoring, and even FAFSA completion!

Beyond Limits Academic Program - Beyond Limits is excited to offer a one week intensive summer program (Week of August 14th).

What Should ECS Scholars, and Families, Expect?

ECS is focused on providing an in-depth technology based education designed to prepare students to be successful in a variety of technical college and career fields. ECS will be a combination of classroom learning, blended digital learning, practical and hands-on experiential learning

Benefits of Becoming an ECS Scholar?

While ECS is a technology driven program, students will be provided with universal skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, time management and others which translate across all career and college fields. All ECS student will be provided with an SPS issued Chromebook, participate in a paid internship during the summer going into their senior year, have a 2-week summer programming, have access to after-school academic support and receive wraparound college supports from NCC liaisons as an official student of NCC.

Application Process:

  • Application Opens online: Monday, January 29th; 7:30 AM
  • Application Closes online: Friday, February 9th; 8:00 PM

**The application will be a Google Form like last year. The application will ask for basic information from the student and his/her family (address, etc.). The student will be asked to name a current teacher to provide the Admissions Committee with feedback on the student's current school performance.

  • Counselor and Teacher Consultation Forms emailed to identified staff: Monday, February 12th; throughout the day

**The program director will email the counselors and teachers identified in each student's application.

  • Consultation Forms Due: Friday, March 2nd; end of school day

**This is the deadline for named teachers and counselors to have their feedback entered in the online form.

  • Essay Proctored at specified times: Friday, February 23rd -- Tuesday, March 6th

**NEW TO THIS YEAR, we are going to set up a time for students to complete their essay during a proctored session. (Students will be provided with the essay prompt in advance.) If any student is absent the day of the proctored writing, we will have two makeup dates at SHS. At this time, students will also be asked to rate themselves according to the same criteria provided teachers and counselors on the consultation form.

  • Essay Makeup Dates (if needed): Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6th and 7th; 6:00 PM at SHS
  • Students/Counselors, etc. Notified of Interview Selection: Monday, March 19th; 4:00 PM by email

**The Admissions Committee will use all of the information gathered -- application, essay, counselor, teacher, and student feedback -- to determine which students will be interviewed. Interviews will be 10-minute intervals at the middle schools, and students will be signed up for them through their counselor in advance.

  • Interviews at Middle Schools: Monday, March 26th thru Thursday, April 5th

**Specific school dates TBD.

  • Acceptances and Wait List Announced: TBD

ECS Application: Click here.

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