Students Prepare for New Stamford High Program

Posted by: Beyond Limits

Stamford Advocate | August 17, 2017 | Nora Naughton

An excerpt from the Stamford Advocate’s article about the Early College Studies Summer Program.

Students Prepare for New Stamford High Program

STAMFORD — A small group of incoming Stamford High School freshmen navigated a high rope, swung from trees and walked across planks this week at Scalzi Park.

It wasn’t a typical classroom scene, but the team-building and problem-solving exercises aimed to prepare the students for a new college prep program at the high school.

The first cohort of Early College Studies students participated this week in a summer camp, coordinated by Beyond Limits, an education outreach program of the Stamford Peace Youth Foundation.

High up in the treetops and down in the mulch, the students learned lessons about teamwork and problem-solving, topics that will be covered more deeply in their first ECS course in the fall.

“This will prepare them for the workplace learning course in the ECS program,” said Stamford High School Principal Raymond Manka, who watched the incoming ninth-graders as three groups attempted to solve teamwork puzzles. “They’re learning to communicate with each other and trust each other. It’s amazing how far all of them have come just in the last couple days.”

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