Providing a Path towards a College Degree

Great Path Academy at Manchester Community College

Manchester, Connecticut

Connecticut has joined a growing national trend of establishing high schools on college campuses with the construction of Great Path Academy, a new 74,500-SF middle college magnet high school on the 160-acre campus of Manchester Community College.


Great Path Academy provides an innovative learning environment that encourages students in grades 10-12 to supplement their high school program with college coursework. The middle college magnet school provides students with a direct and affordable path to a college degree or vocational career by exposing high school students to a larger number of post-graduation options, from a two-year degree and learning a trade to being better prepared for a four-year university career.


The first public high school located on a college campus in Connecticut, Great Path Academy includes students from the towns of Bolton, Coventry, East Hartford, Ellington, Glastonbury, Granby, Hartford, Manchester and Tolland.


The new building includes specialized learning spaces, classrooms, laboratories, administrative and support areas, recreational facilities and community space.  Additional features are flexible learning spaces and advanced technology; an internet cafe; a gymnasium; and a community room. A new parking lot was also constructed for the high school.  The facility serves the high school program during the day and the College program at night.


Tai Soo Kim Partners Architects


Size / Cost

74,500 SF / $32.5 million



Civil, site utility, mechanical, electrical, plumbing/fire protection and commissioning