Open Houses Scheduled for Specialized High School Programs

Information Sessions Scheduled for Specialized High School Programs
Posted on 10/13/2017
Open Houses Scheduled for Specialized High School Programs

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) at Brien McMahon High School, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program at Brien McMahon High School, and Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) at Norwalk High School will each hold separate open houses for prospective students and families interested in learning more about available NPS programs. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet currently enrolled students and ask them questions, listen to an overview, learn about each program’s unique curriculum and take a tour.


The Center for Global Studies, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and Norwalk Early College Academy align with the 2016-2019 Strategic Operating Plan goal of creating educationally robust choices for parents and students that meet diverse needs and interests. Information sessions about Digital Media and Healthcare Pathways will be available at a later date.


Open House Information

International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

Where: Brien McMahon High School

When: October 19 at 6:30pm

Contact: Nicole Stockfisch 203-852-9488 or


The Center for Global Studies

Where: Brien McMahon High School

When:  October 25 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm; November 2 from 8am to 10am

Contact: Laurie Cawley 203-852-9488 or


Norwalk Early College Academy

When: November 9 at 6:15pm at Norwalk Community College Forum, East Campus

          November 15 at 6:15pm at the Norwalk High School Auditorium

          December 5 at 6:15pm at Norwalk City Hall Community Room

Contact: Annie Semchuk 203-838-4481 ext. 13150 or



About Norwalk’s Specialized High School Choice Programs


The Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School is an interdistrict magnet school focused on teaching students the languages, culture, history, and literature of China, Japan and the Middle East. Through the study of Arabic, Chinese, and Japanese language and cultural immersion study tours overseas, students have the opportunity to become informed, active, and compassionate scholars and global citizens.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program at Brien McMahon High School is a comprehensive and rigorous two-year pre-university course of study. IB diplomas are regarded by major college and universities as excellent preparation for college, and often have an impact on college acceptance rates. The average acceptance rate of IB students into universities is 22 percent higher than the average acceptance rate of the total population. Many competitive universities will grant semester credits for a particular course if a student receives a qualifying score in an IB class, or may grant a full year of college credit for students earning an IB diploma. As of the 2017-18 school year, Brien McMahon High School has become an authorized International Baccalaureate World School. CGS students are eligible to participate fully in the BMHS IB program.


Norwalk Early College Academy is a high school plus two years program based on the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) model, which combines the best of high school, college and industry. Within this six-year timeframe, students will graduate with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Software Engineering or Mobile Programming, along with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies or step seamlessly into well paying, high potential jobs in the Information Technology (IT) industry. The length of enrollment is tailored to the learning needs and goals of each student. NECA students are assigned an IBM mentor and have the opportunity to complete a paid internship with IBM during the summer of the junior year. Students who earn the associate degree may apply to work at IBM after graduation. The first NECA cohort is scheduled to graduate in May of 2018 with additional graduates expected in August and December.


High School Pathways

In addition to the choices listed above, NPS also offers high school students the opportunity to enroll in either a Digital Media Pathway at Norwalk High School or a Healthcare Academy at Brien McMahon. Information sessions and additional information on these programs will be available at a later date.


The Digital Media Pathway is new to NHS juniors and seniors this school year, and provides students with the opportunity to work with media professionals in a variety of different mediums. Students enrolled in the Media Pathway will earn a professional Adobe certification upon graduation, a distinction that industry employers often require. 


In partnership with Norwalk Community College and Norwalk Hospital, the McMahon Healthcare Academy offers students the ability to earn health certifications, which will enable them to secure jobs after graduation such as an Emergency Medical Technicians, Phlebotomy Assistants and Patient Care Technicians.