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ACT’s comprehensive, full-day arts magnet high school is housed in the renovated Capitol Theater facility in Willimantic. The theater is located in eastern Connecticut, about 35 minutes from Hartford. This small city is also home to Eastern Connecticut State University, as well as a burgeoning downtown. Each day, ACT Students arrive from 28 towns and districts across eastern Connecticut to attend a daylong program that is steeped in the arts and supported by a demanding academic curriculum. ACT not only offers a surrounding small town community, but also a supportive and safe school community. ACT’s philosophical foundation is: Respect Yourself, Respect the Work and Respect the Community. This small, tightly knit community provides students with a place to flourish and reach their true potential.


College Course Opportunities

In addition to college prep and honors courses at ACT, an agreement with Eastern Connecticut State University enables students to earn college credits by attending university classes. In 2012-13, ACT offered its first Advanced Placement (AP) course in Spanish Literature and Culture, followed by the introduction of AP Statistics in 2013-14. Additional opportunities to pursue college-level work are available at Quinebaug Valley Community College, located just three blocks from ACT, thanks to a partnership with the community college.


Class of 2015

The graduating class of 2015 numbered 28, representing 15 different school districts. ACT graduates are currently attending, or have attended, the following colleges and universities:


Columbia College Chicago

Drexel University

Duquesne University

East Carolina University

Eastern Connecticut State University

Emerson College

Fashion Institute of Technology

Franklin Pierce University

Johnson & Wales University

Lake Forest College

Manchester Community College

Middlesex Community College

New England Institute of Art

New England Institute of Technology

Nichols College

Palm Beach Atlantic University

Plymouth State University

Quinebaug Valley Community College

Rhode Island College

Roger Williams University


Three Rivers Community College

University of Connecticut

University of Maine –Farmington

University of the Arts –Philadelphia




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