Common Ground is committed to preparing all our students for college success. Each year, more than 90% of our students are admitted to college.

College Supports

College-Prep Curriculum

We believe that every student deserves access to a college prep curriculum. Challenging academic classes, including interdisciplinary block classes, push students to investigate, participate and build new skills.

Advanced Placement courses — including Calculus, Biology, Environmental Science, U.S. Government, Spanish, Language & Composition, and European History — offer additional challenge and opportunities to earn college credit.

Guidance Groups

All students work with an advisor from 9th grade through graduation on a college and career planning curriculum. In Senior guidance, in particular, students work intensively with Common Ground staff to ensure all appliations and supporting documents are in on time.

College Experiences

As early as sophomore year, students can also enroll in classes at Yale University, Gateway Community College, and Southern Connecticut State University free of charge.

Common Ground creates a college going culture through visits to colleges, college admissions officer visits to Common Ground and the opportunity speak to representatives from a large range of schools at a local college fair. For instance, students participate in:

  • NCAC Boston College Fair Expo – Features 300+ schools from across the country
  • On-campus college fairs that feature specific types of schools — i.e. Colleges That Change Lives College Fair and Big Schools – Big Cities
  • Southern Connecticut State University Takeover

Student Mentor & Ambassador Program – SMAP

SMAP challenges students to be mentors and leaders within their community. SMAP participants are matched with college student and professional mentors, and are pushed to take on roles in representing Common Ground in the community.

Academic Supports

An all-out system of academic supports, in and outside the school day, helps all students take on college prep contnet. SAT prep and academic enrichment are offered during and after school.

Senior Writing & Senior Seminar

In these semester-long classes, students have the opportunity to work on their college essays, an essential piece of the college application, hone their skills for college-level research writing, take on capstone projects related to a social or environmental justice topic, get individualized support in the college application and financial aid process, and set goals for their impact and success after graduation.