Five of 21 students in the second group of the Danbury Early College Opportunity program at Danbury High School earned a grade of 98 or better in their first college-level computer course last semester. Program participants earn an Associate Degree from Naugatuck Valley Community College simultaneously with their high school diploma.
Students begin accelerating their high school requirements so that by sophomore or junior year they can begin incorporating college-level courses. Some courses take place at Naugatuck Valley's Danbury campus. DHS is the second high school in Connecticut to offer the program.
The students, Aliyah Seng, Johanna Piedra, Aaron Melendez, Kelisha Marquez and Tania Alvarez, each received a certificate for achievement and a gift card. The course was taught in 45-minute class periods at DHS four days a week.
77 students are in the first DECO group, there are 61 in the second and 65 freshmen students started the third year of the program in September.