About ECE

What is UCONN Early College Experience?

UCONN Early College Experience (ECE) is a concurrent enrollment program that allows  high school students to take UCONN courses at Sacred Heart Academy for both high school and college credit. Every course taken through UCONN ECE is equivalent to the same course at the University of Connecticut. Students benefit by taking college courses in a warm setting that is both familiar and conducive to learning. Other highlighted benefits include lending privileges at all University of Connecticut libraries, access to thousands of online academic journals, and admission to virtual classrooms that are exclusively for University of Connecticut.

Sacred Heart Academy teachers who are certified through the University of Connecticut serve as adjunct faculty members and teach UCONN ECE courses.

Established in 1955, UCONN Early College Experience is the nation's longest running concurrent enrollment program and is nationally accredited by The National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). The program has been at Sacred Heart Academy since 2007.

ECE Courses at Sacred Heart Academy for 2016-2017

  • AP Latin: Vergil (2017-2018)
  • Honors Latin IV
  • Honors Latin Literature
  • Honors French IV
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB
  • Honors Precalculus

If a student were to register for all of the above courses, she has the potential to earn 21 college credits, the equivalent of 7 college classes!

SHA Faculty & Certified UCONN Adjunct Professors

Mrs. Fran Saukas | Science
Dr. Sibani Sengupta | Science
Dr. Jessica Kapteyn | Latin
Ms. Sylvie Levallois | French
Mrs. Kathryn Gniadek | Mathematics | State of Connecticut Outstanding Early College Experience (ECE) Instructor by UCONN


Mrs. Kathryn Gniadek
SHA Site Representative for UCONN ECE


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