An admission process is necessary in vocational technical schools where space is a limiting factor. Vocational technical laboratories (shops) are designed and equipped to serve a specific maximum number of students safely. Consequently, a complex of such laboratories lacks both the space and flexibility to accommodate the possible needs and/or interests of all applicants. Therefore, a selection process is necessary to determine which applicants may most benefit from such educational opportunities. All applicants will be evaluated using the criteria contained in our complete admissions policy.
All eighth grade students within our district should have an opportunity to take a tour of McCann with their current middle school. If your student is unable to attend a tour with their school or for more information please contact the school principal, Justin Kratz, email@example.com or 413-663-5383, ext. 104 for individualized tours.
Our Exploratory Program takes place in January and eighth grade students are encouraged to participate. The program runs for three weeks, three afternoons per week for the first two weeks and four afternoons the third week, from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. All students will have an opportunity to experience each technical area with the guidance of instructors and current students. Transportation is provided from most area middle schools. Specific dates will be posted on our website (Exploratory Program) as well as on the updated Exploratory Program application.
Each fall our students and faculty showcase their talents at our evening open house. All technical areas are open and both students and faculty are available to answer questions and give explanations of our programs. All vocational/technical shops and academic departments have exhibits available and we encourage all members of the community to visit.
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An admissions process is necessary in vocational technical schools where space is a limiting factor. Vocational technical laboratories (shops) are designed and equipped to safely serve a specific maximum number of students. Consequently, a complex of such laboratories lacks both the space and flexibility to accommodate the possible needs and/or interests of all applicants; therefore, a selection process is necessary. All applicants to grades nine and ten will be evaluated using the criteria contained in this admissions policy. The School Committee approved this policy on November 10, 2022.
McCann Technical School admits students and makes available to them its advantages, privileges, and courses of study without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or housing status. McCann has an on-line application that is adaptable to languages other than English. If there is a student with limited English proficiency that needs assistance, a qualified representative from McCann will assist the applicant throughout the entire admissions process. Students with disabilities may self-identify for the purpose of requesting reasonable accommodations during the entire application and admissions process. Information on limited English proficiency and disability, submitted voluntarily by the applicant for the purpose of receiving assistance and accommodations during the entire application and admissions process, will not affect the applicant’s admission to the school.
Consistent with Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) regulations, the admissions policy includes deliberate, specific strategies to promote equal educational opportunities and attract, enroll, and retain a student population that, when compared to students in similar grades in sending districts, has a comparable academic and demographic profile. The admissions data team will be responsible for this work as well as reviewing placement data in vocational enrollments to identify potential disproportionality. The following will occur at least annually:
- Review of student population in each grade level.
- Review of student population from each member town.
- Aggregate review of regional student population data.
- Review by town and region the academic and demographic profile of the student population.
- Review of program placement data and demographic profiles.
- The admissions data team will review all available data and make recommendations with deliberate, specific strategies which promote equal educational opportunities and attract, enroll, and retain the student population.
Any 8th or 9th grade student who expects to be promoted to the grade they seek to enter by their local district is eligible to apply for admissions subject to the availability of openings at McCann Technical School and its admissions timeline. All students will be evaluated using the criteria contained in this admissions policy. Nonresident and homeless students will be accepted according to the criteria contained in this admissions policy.
Transfer students from other Chapter 74 vocational technical programs are eligible to apply for admissions to grades 9-12 provided they expect to be promoted to the grade they seek to enter by their current school. Transfer students will be evaluated using the criteria contained in this admissions policy. Only students who have been enrolled in another Chapter 74 vocational technical program are eligible for transfer. For applications to grades 11 or 12, students must be passing their vocational subject at the time of application, once this is verified applicants will be evaluated according to the admissions policy.
McCann Technical School does not participate in the School Choice Program.
Application window opens
Round 1 application deadline
Round 1 notification made to all applicants
Round 2 application deadline
Round 2 notification made to all applicants
Round 3 application deadline
Round 3 notification made to all applicants
June 15th- August 15th
Summer admissions freeze period
August 15th - End of Tier 1 Exploratory
Vacancies filled through waitlist as/if available
Start of Tier 2 Exploratory - End of Tier 2 Exploratory
Waitlist freeze for equity to students in attendance and their chances for placement
Date of Grade 9 permanent shop placement commencing to end of Q2
Vacancies filled through waitlist as/if available
Start of Q3
Reset of admissions cycle, all students on waitlist may start admissions process over for start of the next school year
Students interested in applying for admission to the 9th or 10th grade can do so by applying online; by obtaining an application from their local school guidance counselor; by accessing the McCann Technical School’s webpage for an application, or visiting McCann Technical School’s guidance department. After the application has been submitted an applicant may review the status of their application by logging on to the account that they created when they submitted an online application. The applicant can also get status updates from the local guidance counselor or the principal at McCann. If an applicant does not have a guidance counselor, or in the case of homeschooling, the applicant should contact the guidance department at McCann. It is the responsibility of the local school guidance counselor to complete their portion of the application form and forward the completed applications, including all required signatures to McCann according to the admissions timeline.
Applications are reviewed, processed and assigned points according to the selection criteria. After a point total for each applicant has been determined, all applicants are placed in order of their point total. Applicants are then accepted in order of the point total they have achieved. All applicants are accepted, declined, or placed on a waiting list. If openings occur, the vacancies are filled by accepting applicants from the waiting list. These applicants, like those accepted earlier, are accepted in order of their place on the waiting list determined by the total points achieved according to the selection criteria. Applications received after each application deadline will be evaluated using the same criteria as other applications and their composite score will be integrated in rank order on the established waiting list in preparation for the next application deadline. All applicants are notified of their acceptance decision by the deadline in their respective admissions window via a welcome letter sent electronically through the school’s online admissions program. Families without the internet and who have completed paper applications will be notified via letter.
To access the online application visit: High School Application