54 seniors at University High School of Science and Engineering, on the campus of the University of Hartford, will graduate on Wednesday, June 16, at 5 p.m. in Lincoln Theater, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford. All graduates of the class of 2010, known as the Odyssey Class, plan to attend a two- or four-year college or university or join the military. Some of the colleges and universities the graduates plan to attend include MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Yale University, American University, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Vermont, Trinity College, University of Connecticut, and University of Hartford. Two graduates will join the Marines.
University High School of Science and Engineering, a partnership between Hartford Public Schools and University of Hartford, opened its doors in 2004 in temporary quarters on the University's Asylum Avenue campus. It moved into a new building on the University's Bloomfield Avenue campus in August of 2009. Due to space considerations at the temporary school location, the 2010 graduating class is about 20 students smaller than the first two graduating classes, however, it is the first graduating class in which 100 percent plan to continue their education or join the military.
The University High School was founded on the "Early College" model, in which qualified students can take college courses and earn credits for college while still attending high school. About two dozen members of this year's UHSSE graduating class earned college credits by taking University of Hartford classes. In 2009, those students posted a collective 3.8 grade-point-average in their University of Hartford classes.
The University High School of Science and Engineering has received significant recognition in its six-year history. In 2009, it was named the top performing school in the Hartford public schools district and one of the top 100 high schools in America by US News & World Report. In 2008, UHSSE won a Magnet School of America award.