OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) - Summer vacation has been over for a few days and classes are back in session across the state, including in Old Saybrook.

Channel 3 has been featuring different schools over the past two weeks as students settle into the new academic year.

Thursday, the station headed to Old Saybrook High School.

Students and faculty highlighted not only the school's academics but extracurricular activities as well.

School officials said there's a big emphasis not just on school spirit, but having a tight-knit community.

Administrators said upperclassman do a great job of embracing the underclassman.

"I just think we’re a great community and everyone’s just really welcoming and we just have a lot of pride and we love what we do," said Gino Gallitto, a senior.

"Our faculty and staff are very talented," said Sheila Riffle, principal, Old Saybrook High School. "They do a nice job of balancing the expectation of high levels and rigor in the classroom, followed with support, wherever that is needed."

Administrators also said they are pushing to have 100 percent of students participate in an internship before graduating.

For more back-to-school stories from Channel 3, check out WFSB.com's special section here.

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