Postgraduate (PG) Program
From academics to athletics, Cheshire Academy’s PG Program takes you to where you want to be.
Cheshire Academy’s Postgraduate Program is for students looking to strengthen and develop their academic skills, improve their academic portfolio, and prepare for their next step of attending college.
The program is a comprehensive experience specifically designed to help graduates of a traditional high school transition to a college curriculum, well prepared for the requirements and expectations of life after high school.
If students are interested in a postgraduate year for college recruitment, we encourage them to explore our athletic team pages and fill out our prospective student-athlete form. Cheshire Academy coaches work to gain exposure for our talented athletes, resulting in a high placement record for many alumni athletes.
Postgraduate Course of Study Certificate Requirements
The full course of study for the Postgraduate Certificate includes five or six classes per semester. Required courses include College English, Global Issues, math, and the Postgraduate Seminar.
During the spring semester, postgraduate students conduct independent research on and off site to complete their postgraduate project, and are required to record a declamation speech based on the theme “This I Believe.” Both serve as culminating academic and intellectual milestones, and demonstrate how prepared the student is for college and the pursuit of a career.
Postgraduate students must pass all courses, both semester and year-long, and all courses during the final quarter to qualify for a certificate.
Math (determined by placement) – PG students take upper-level math classes
One or more electives (including options in the sciences, social sciences, fine and performing arts, math, computer science, creative writing, and history) that fit within the PG program schedule
In the Classroom
More than just a fifth year of high school, the Cheshire Academy PG program is comprised of specific university-level courses—College English, Global Issues, and the PG Seminar. Complemented by a number of electives from which to choose, PG students are able to round out their academic portfolio by pursuing their interests and passions while preparing themselves for the increased course workload demanded at the college level.
During their time at Cheshire Academy, PG students learn and hone critical skills, such as time management, public speaking, and focused study habits.
The program begins in the fall semester with a focus on the college preparation process, including discussions about college athletics and the recruitment process, and practicing for interviews. In the classroom, PG students learn about leadership and financial literacy, rounding out the semester with a project on a topic of their choice, presented to the class. In recent years, for example, students developed a business plan for a mobile application and researched Tommy John surgery.
PG students conduct independent research on and off site during the spring semester to complete their postgraduate project, and are required to record a declamation speech based on the theme “This I Believe.” Both serve as culminating academic and intellectual milestones, and demonstrate how prepared the student is for college and the pursuit of a career.
The full course of study for the Postgraduate Certificate includes a minimum of five classes per semester. PG students also participate in two seasons of afternoon activities.
College Prep and Athletics
The PG year serves as a time to experiment academically and push one’s self to take a challenging, rigorous course load while gaining a level of freedom and flexibility in his or her studies.
PG students are supported by the program’s advisor and by our College Counseling Office team. Each PG student is assigned a college advisor who provides a concentrated, individualized plan designed to help the student—and parents—carefully manage the college research, decision, and admission process.
Postgraduates are also eligible to participate on our athletic teams, as sanctioned by the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Cheshire Academy coaches work to gain exposure for our talented athletes, resulting in a high placement record for many alumni athletes in a range of sports.
For PG students—especially for those who have not lived away from home yet—the option to live on campus provides a college-like experience, but with much more support and guidance. While they live independently with roommates and dorm mates, they also receive attention, care, and even a level of camaraderie from their teachers, dorm parents, advisors, and coaches.
On campus, PG students serve as role models for their younger peers. They are expected to set a good example, step out of their comfort zones, and explore different courses and activities, from student leadership and community service to the arts, and even a sport they may not have yet tried.
For international students, the PG program is an ideal way to further develop and mature in the U.S., and prepare for success at an American university. Our international PG students bring their own unique experiences to the community and share their perspectives with other students. Together, they learn about the diversity and connectedness of our world.
All students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to learn more and develop respect, care, and understanding of different cultures and value systems. Upon completion, postgraduates strengthen their areas of success and are provided support for fields of study in which they intend to grow academically.
Prep School & Proud of It
When Brandon Feamster ’15 came to Cheshire Academy for his postgraduate year, he had a goal to play Division I football in college. During his senior year, he gained offers from Temple and UMass, but that’s it. He wanted more, so instead of settling for the existing offers, Feamster put college off for a year, and instead enrolled at Cheshire Academy where he focused on both his studies and his sport. His hard work paid off, and at the end of his PG year, Feamster had several offers from top colleges, including one from Duke, where he is now. Read more about Feamster’s incredible journey in his feature article, “Prep School & Proud of It,” which appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of “Coach & Player Magazine.”