More than 100 parents and students attended Ella T. Grasso Southeastern Technical High School's open house Thursday night to learn more out the school and its 11 technical areas of study.
Grasso Tech enrolls about 580, and offers training in areas including drafting, carpentry, hairdressing and bioscience environmental technology. The school started an after school program last year that offers free busing to students who stay for enrichment activities.
Principal Scott Zito also said student performance on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test improved this this year compared to 2010 in math and reading. Test scores showed 86.9 percent of students scored at proficiency or better in writing, compared to 77.9 percent in 2010. In math, 79.4 percent of students scored at proficiency or above, compared to 70.4 percent the previous year.
Parents who visited the school said they enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about the school from students.
"We ended up speaking with students instead of teachers, which was really great," said Angie Carter, of Uncasville.
"I really, really liked computer aided drafting," said Austin Carter, 13. "It was really, really cool."
If you missed the open house but have a son or daughter who would like to find out more about Grasso Tech, you may contact the school through its website or call (860) 448-0220.