Early College High School

Last Updated: 5/1/2020 2:30 AM


Post University


Early College High School 


The City of Waterbury, Waterbury Public Schools and Post University are pleased to announce a joint collaboration in the creation of an Early College High School (ECHS) beginning the 2020-2021 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. The first cohort for the 2020-2021 academic year will be comprised of 25 to 35 students.

Application Timeline

March 2nd: Online Application Opens

April 30thOnline Application Closes at 11:59 p.m. 

May 1st: Interview Notification by Phone Call

May 5th: Virtual Interviews Between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

May 6th: Acceptance Notification by telephone and letter

May 8th: Letter of Commitment Due

May 11th: Contact Wait Listed Students Regarding Open Seats

Early College High School Program


Year Course

Fall '20- CTC101: College Success Seminar

Spring '21- CIS112: Introduction to Computing

                    ENG110: College Writing


Fall '21- COM107: Introduction to Communication

Spring '22- ENG130: Literature and Composition

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

Summer '22- 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)
2023-2024 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