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Oct 14, 2016

CREC Changes School Name to Better Reflect Theme

The CREC Medical Professions Academy in New Britain, formerly known as the CREC Medical Professions and Teacher Preparation Academy, has been renamed the Academy of Science and Innovation.

It remains an interdistrict magnet school operated by CREC.

CREC made this change to ensure that the school’s name accurately reflects its theme. Beginning this year, the school is strengthening its focus on science, technology, and engineering, providing rigorous and targeted course work in these areas along with new opportunities for students to apply their knowledge within the broader community.

The school is phasing out its teacher preparation program over the next three years and will no longer enroll students in that program. Students currently enrolled in the teacher preparation program will not be impacted, and the school will continue to focus on preparing students for the medical field by providing new opportunities both within the classroom and through new community partnerships.

“We are very excited to offer our students new and unique courses that will instill within students an understanding of the content knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in their futures, and we are excited to offer new opportunities through partnerships that will allow them to gain invaluable hands-on experience,” said principal Jonathan Shubert. “These changes will prepare them for college and their careers and ensure a bright future for our graduates.”

Shubert is in his first year as principal of the Academy of Science and Innovation. He most recently served as CREC’s director of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and will be instrumental in shaping the Academy of Science and Innovation’s bright future.

“Under Jonathan’s leadership, the enhanced theme will offer students the opportunity to engage in rich, science-based learning with an emphasis on innovation and advancement in scientific research,” said CREC Superintendent Dina Crowl. “In the spirit of actualizing our vision for excellence, the Academy of Science and Innovation will prepare students for success in highly competitive STEM fields.”

The Academy of Science and Innovation, one of 17 CREC magnet schools, educates students in grades six through 12, and it remains committed to graduating students with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college and the workplace. It is located in a state-of-the-art facility on Slater Road.   

Students who wish to attend the Academy of Science and Innovation must apply to the school through the Greater Hartford Regional School Choice Office lottery, which opens November 1. For more information about the school, visit After November 1, visit for information about the lottery process and all of CREC’s magnet schools and access to the lottery application.


The Capitol Region Education Council was established in 1966 and is celebrating 50 years of academic excellence. Working with and for its member districts, CREC has developed a wide array of cost-effective and high-quality programs and services to meet the educational needs of children and adults in the region. CREC brings five decades of experience in education, regional collaboration, and operations to provide innovative strategies and products that address the changings needs of school districts and their students, corporations, non-profits, and individual professions. CREC regularly serves 36 towns in Greater Hartford, offering more than 120 programs to more than 150,000 students annually. CREC manages more than 35 facilities throughout the area, including 18 interdistrict magnet schools. More information about CREC and CREC’s award-winning schools is available at

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