Academic Academy Tour the District High School to Help Students Select their Next Chapter

WATERBURY- On Friday, October 28, 2022, the Academic Academy eighth grade took a field trip to several Waterbury Public School high schools to help inform and prepare students on their next year journey in selecting a high school. Waterbury Promise collaborated with Academic Academy to provide scholarship information and Post University provided students with a campus tour and sponsored the field trip lunch. 

The Academic Academy is a program for excelling students in grades 4-8. The program is housed within Wallace Middle School with accepted students having completed an extensive process which includes writing an essay and completing a formal interview with a panel of selected officials. Each student selected demonstrates a desire and ability to enter a classroom with great demands and a higher-level of instruction.The Academic Academy is a rigorous, academically stimulating, creative, exciting, thought-provoking, inspiring, scholastically challenging learning environment.

The field trip consisted of 53 eighth grade Academic Academy students and a day filled with informational opportunities to help assist students in selecting a high school that meets their educational and career needs. Students received presentations from various high schools (*Waterbury Career Academy, Waterbury Arts Magnet School and Early College High), received in class lessons on the application process, attended interview skills workshops, and received a mock interview with current Early College High students. Additionally, Director of College and Career Readiness Nyree Toucet provided insight and inspiration to students during the culmination reception held at Wallace Media Center. 

“The field trip was a great way for students to not only learn about several high school options, post-secondary opportunities and how impactful Waterbury Promise can be for students continuing their education,” said Academic Academy Supervisor Melinda Grove. “Today was an impactful day for students and we hope to have inspired students to select a high school that they yearn to attend.” 

The Waterbury Promise Scholarship is a grant awarded to Waterbury resident students who meet the defined criteria and are pursuing higher education in a Connecticut college or university. This partnership highlights the City’s commitment to encourage Waterbury’s students to post-secondary educational opportunities and to alleviate the financial barriers they face in continuing their education. The Waterbury Promise Scholarship will provide scholarships to Waterbury Public School students and Waterbury students who attend Holy Cross High School and W.F. Kaynor Technical High School, who meet the following criteria:

  • Student is a Waterbury resident and has attended all four years at a Waterbury Public School, Kaynor Technical School or Holy Cross High School

  • Student has earned a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher

  • Student has achieved a 90% or better cumulative attendance

  • Student has completed and submitted a FAFSA

  • Student has applied and has been accepted to a 2 year or 4 year Connecticut accredited college or university


The Promise Scholarship Program will be available beginning with the Class of 2022. Scholars of our first cohort from the Class of 2022, which included 192 scholars, are receiving up to $1,250 per year, available scholarships are slated to increase to the full $5,000 award based on the below phase-in schedule: 

1.       The class of 2023 will receive up to $2,500 per year

2.       The class of 2024 will receive up to $3,750 per year

3.       The class of 2025 and beyond will receive up to $5,000 per year

The Promise Scholarship is a last-dollar scholarship; the award covers the gap that remains after all individual grants, financial aid, and other scholarships have been applied. 

About Waterbury Public Schools
Waterbury Public Schools offer a comprehensive educational program to over 18,600 students in grades Pre-K through 12. This program includes core academics, fine and applied arts, health and fitness, and career pathway offerings as well as special education, an alternative school, and several enrichment programs. Waterbury Public Schools mission is to inspire and prepare every student to be successful in and beyond school. Learn more at

Waterbury Promise Scholarship
In collaboration with the City of Waterbury, Waterbury Public Schools has founded a 501(c)3 organization aimed at providing Waterbury student residents a Waterbury Promise Scholarship. The Promise Scholarship Program will be available beginning with the Class of 2022. Waterbury Promise will provide tuition assistance to Waterbury high school students who wish to continue their post-secondary education and have met the qualifications. Waterbury Promise was established to help address some of the challenges of higher education affordability by offering a “last dollar” scholarship to students. The Promise Scholarship Program will assist in strengthening the college going culture for future generations. Learn more at


Belen Michelis, Director of Communications,

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