About Our School

Mission Statement
Our mission is to provide a rigorous and innovative learning environment that inspires our students to achieve academic excellence, embody selfless service, and persist in solving problems as they develop into tomorrow's civic leaders.

About the Theme
CREC Civic Leadership High School develops students into leaders in their communities and prepares them for success in college and career with rigorous studies. Students are encouraged to use problem solving as a leadership development tool. Our focus is on students graduating as engaged community members through extensive public service and involvement in various community and civic outreach activities. Upon graduation, our students are ready to take on an active leadership role in college, the workplace and community.

Student Activities
Students at Civic Leadership High School  are encouraged to participate in a full range of athletics at the  junior varsity, and varsity levels, including cross country, track and field, volleyball, baseball, softball, football, soccer, basketball, and Ultimate Frisbee. Additionally, all students participate in numerous clubs that allow further exploration of activities of interest, including but not limited to, Honor Guard, Explorer Post, Leadership Corps, National Honor Society and Student Senate.

Preparation for the Future:
The daily CLHS student schedule provides an introduction to the demands of a college academic schedule through consistency in daily classes on a compressed semester model. The school day is broken into five blocks. Each academic block meets for eighty minutes. In addition to the academic blocks, time is provided for our unique Changemaker course.  This course allows students to participate in a theme based activity that provides them with real world hands-on activities focused on civic leadership. In addition to specific theme based courses, our civic leadership focus is infused throughout our core academic curriculum. 

Additionally, each grade has the opportunity to participate in an overnight field trip experience.  Students in their senior year are able to participate in job shadow experiences, internships and access to college credit bearing courses.  

Our partnership with Asnuntuck Community College allows college level courses to be presented by college professors in our own facility.  Through their years at CLHS, students have the chance to accrue upwards of 30 college credits. In addition, we also maintain collaborative partnerships with the University of Connecticut Early College Experience program, as well as the University of New Haven College Before College program.

Community & School Information
CREC Civic Leadership High School is a public regional magnet school managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) and located in Enfield, CT. Our students come from districts throughout the region including Hartford and surrounding communities. Admission is managed through the CT Department of Education’s Regional School Choice Office.

Curriculum 

Graduation Requirements

Humanities (9 credits)

-4 English

-3 Social Studies including,

-1 American History

-.5 Civics

-1 Fine Art

-1 Humanities Electives

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) (8 credits)

-4 Mathematics

-3 Laboratory Sciences

-1 STEM Electives

Fitness, Health and Safety (1.5 credits)

-1 Physical Education and Wellness

5 Health and Safety Education

World Languages (2 credits)

Capstone (1 credit)

Open Electives (3.5 credits)

25 Total Credits

Honors, Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment Opportunities

AP/ECE English Language and Composition
AP/ECE English Literature and Composition
Algebra II (Asnuntuck College & Career Pathways)
ECE Statistics
AP US Government & Politics
AP World History
AP Psychology
ECE Human Rights & Global Problem Solving
ECE Health & Education in Urban Communities
UNH Fire Science (University of New Haven)
UNH Criminal Justice (University of New Haven)
ECE Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology
Honors Calculus (VLA) 

School Facts
Compressed Semester (1.0 credit courses meet daily for 80 minutes, for one semester)
Block Schedule
9th -12th grades
School Day (7 hours) 7:55 AM – 3:00 PM
All academic classes are 80 minutes
Enrollment:  340 students (Grades 9-12) 

Administration
Jeffrey Larson, Principal
Kate Howard-Bender, Assistant Principal
Stephen Higgins, Dean of Students
Nkaozer Kelleher, Dean of Students

School Counseling
Lauren Sondrini
Heather Venitosh

Honor Roll
Honors with Distinction: GPA of 4.0 or higher and earned only grades in the “A” range.
High Honors: GPA of 3.5 or higher with no Cs, Ds or Fs
Honors: GPA of 3.0 or higher with no Ds or Fs

Grading and Ranking Procedures
Students are required to earn a minimum of 25 credits. Beginning in the 2016-17 school year, a student’s GPA will be based on a weighted 4.5 scale. A student’s cumulative GPA will be calculated using their historical grades on the old GPA scale (prior to 2016-17) and their earned GPA on the new 4.5 GPA scale. The table below shows the progression and implementation of the cumulative GPA.

2015-16 Cumulative GPA Scale

4.3

2016-17 Cumulative GPA Scale

4.35

2017-18 Cumulative GPA Scale

4.4

2018-19 Cumulative GPA Scale

4.45

2019-20 Cumulative GPA Scale

4.5

Additional GPA weighting for Honors courses is .25 and for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, Early College Experience (ECE) courses and other college level dual-enrollment courses is .50. A passing grade is 60 or above. Class Rank is determined based on the weighted cumulative GPA of each student. Only classes taken at CLHS and/or graded by our school’s faculty will be counted toward Class Rank.

Letter
Grade

Numeric
Value

GPA

A+

100

4.5

A+

99-96

4.4

A

95-93

4.0

A-

92-90

3.7

B+

89-86

3.4

B

85-83

3.0

B-

82-80

2.7

C+

79-76

2.4

C

75-73

2.0

C-

72-70

1.7

D+

69-66

1.4

D

65-63

1.0

D-

62-60

0.7

F

59 and below

0.0