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Early College High School

Last Updated: 1/5/2023 6:36 PM


Post University


Early College High School 


The City of Waterbury, Waterbury Public Schools and Post University are pleased to announce the second year for applications to the Early College High School (ECHS) in the 2022-2023 academic year. The ECHS is a unique partnership designed to eliminate barriers between high school and higher education in order to create a more seamless path for students towards college and a career.

The Early College High School at Crosby High School will offer students the opportunity to earn an Associate Degree in Accounting, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Legal Studies, Management or Marketing, while simultaneously earning a high school diploma. Waterbury students will attend college classes taught by a Post-credentialed Waterbury Public Schools instructor at Crosby, complete online coursework at Crosby and/or attend college classes at Post University, at no cost.

The high school will be designed for rising Freshmen, who are Waterbury residents. This cohort is for the 2021-2022 academic year and will be comprised of 25 to 35 students.


“I think this program is challenging and different from what I’m used to, but the teachers are there to help you every step of the way and they are always making sure you are doing your best. All this hard work in the program will be worth it and I’m excited to see what my future holds.” - Sophia D. Coelho, ECHS Student, Cohort 2020-2021

"[Laniah] said there is a lot of work the teachers assign. However, it is not challenging if the students complete the work. The work helps the students comprehend what is being taught. She spoke about the importance of time management and self-discipline... The blackboard platform used for the college level class is easy to navigate around...Teachers are fair about assigning the workload and due dates to the assignments." - Kenneth Moffett, Daughter Enrolled in ECHS

2022-2023 Application Timeline

November 1: Online Application Opens (Apply Now)

January 3: Online Application Closes at 11:59 p.m. 

TBD: Interview Notification by Phone Call

January 24: Virtual Interviews (tentatively between 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

February 21: Acceptance Notification by Telephone and Letter

February 28: Letter of Commitment Due

TBD: Contact Wait Listed Students Regarding Open Seats

Early College High School Program


Year Course

Fall '22- CTC101: College Success Seminar

Spring '23- CIS112: Introduction to Computing

                    ENG110: College Writing


Fall '23- COM107: Introduction to Communication

Spring '24- ENG130: Literature and Composition

                    HUMANITIES OR LIBERAL ARTS ELECTIVE (i.e. Intro. to Psychology, Intro. to Law)

Summer '24- 1 CLASS (Online or on main campus-determined by expressed degree track)


6 TOTAL CLASSES (Online or on main campus-determined by expressed degree track)
2025-2026 7 TOTAL CLASSES (Online or on main campus-determined by expressed degree track)

Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Who can apply to the Early College High School (ECHS)?

           A: Any Waterbury resident who is a rising Freshman.


  1. How is a student accepted to the ECHS?

          A: There is a rigorous application process, which is detailed above. Parent and student interviews will be conducted as well.


  1. How many courses will I have to complete to earn an Associate Degree?

          A: All 20 courses must be completed successfully over the four years to earn the degree.


  1. If I am accepted to the ECHS, will I be a Crosby High School student?

          A: Yes, you will be a Crosby High School student and if you are involved in sports, you will play for Crosby.


  1. Will transportation be provided?

          A: Yes, transportation will be provided for students enrolled in the ECHS.



Waterbury Public Schools
236 Grand Street
Waterbury, CT 06702
Phone: (203) 574-8000

Fax: (203) 574-8010