Sophomore Year At-A-Glance

Class of 2024

Early College Credit Opportunities

Many students commonly ask what is the difference between taking an AP or ECE course for college credit?” We have shared resources in this newsletter to help explain the key differences between earning AP and ECE college credits AND to help inform students of all the college credit course options offered at Hall.

Advanced Placement (AP) vs. Early College Experience (ECE)

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit vs. Early College Experience (ECE) Credit at Hall High School
UConn ECE The Video

Welcome to Naviance!

Naviance is an online program that assists students and their families with college and career planning. Students can conduct and save career and college search results and so much more!

All Hall students have a personal account. To access your child's account, please contact school counseling secretaries, Jean Baril ( or Lori Dunbar (

What is the Mastery Experience credit requirement?

All students in the class of 2024 are required to earn Mastery Experience credit prior to graduation.

The Mastery Experience (ME) is a one credit required learning opportunity students earn by engaging in the exploration of a topic that is personally meaningful for them. There are multiple avenues to earn ME credit. Some students are already enrolled in a course in which they can seek to earn their ME credit through. A list of eligible ME classes can be found in the Program of Studies section of the school website.

Second semester proposals for earning ME credit are due on February 25th. Teachers in qualifying ME courses have already delivered this information in their classes. Please refer to the ME Quick Reference Guide for more information about the timeline and student responsibilities (including the proposal form).

If your student is not enrolled in a ME qualifying course, don’t worry! There are other ways to earn this credit. One way is through earning an industry or community recognized badge or credential. Some examples of this include: Seal of Biliteracy, Global Seal of Biliteracy, and Emergency Medical Response Certificate. More examples can be found here. Additionally, if your child enters senior year and hasn’t identified their plan to complete the ME credit, they will be enrolled in a one semester ME Seminar to help guide them through the process.

As the Mastery Experience credit is a graduation requirement, the School Counseling Department is excited to help answer any questions. Please contact your student’s school counselor with any questions you may have.

Timeline of Events for Sophomore Year


*Some dates/events subject to change due to school closings, etc.

August-October 6 ECE Registration window

October 13 PSAT 10 (administration during the school day)

October 6 Curriclum Night (virtual)

October 6 Quarter 1 progress reports

November 1 End of Quarter 1 - Report Cards issued 11/15

November 17-19 Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 15 AP Exam registration deadline

December 15 Quarter 2 progress reports

December 20 PSAT score results shared with students

January 25-28 Midterm Exams & end of Quarter 2/First Semester - report cards issued

February 15 Sophomore Parent Q & A 7:45-8:45am (virtual)

February 17 Sophomore Parent Q & A 6:30-7:30pm (virtual)

January-March Individual Sophomore Planning Meetings with school counselor

March 1 Quarter 3 progress reports

March 9 Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences

April 1 End of Quarter 3 - report cards issued

April Sophomore Career Exploration Lesson via English 10 classes

May 11 Quarter 4 progress reports

May AP Exam window (administration during the school day)

June 10-16 Final exams & end of Quarter 4/Second Semester - report cards issued

Preview of Junior Year

September - October

  • Registration for UConn/ECE courses

  • Hall Curriculum Night

  • PSAT 11 - juniors must register in advance (test administration during the school day)

  • Financial Aid Night- “How to Fund a College Education”


  • Students register for AP Exams

  • Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences

December - January

  • PSAT 11 results distributed to students

  • Junior Parent Planning Night

  • College Knowledge Night

  • Individual junior planning meetings with school counselor

February - April

  • Junior Planning Seminar Series (Wednesdays Q3)

  • Gap Year Fair

  • Post Options Fair

  • March SAT (CT school based testing administration - during the school day)

  • April ACT (optional and prior registration only)


  • AP Exam window (administration during the school day)
  • May SAT (optional and prior registration only)

  • June SAT/ACT administration (optional and prior registration only)
  • Final exams & end of Quarter 4/Second Semester - report cards issued