The Technical College High School (TCHS) is accepting applications for the upcoming (2020-21) school year. Students entering grades 10-12 attending a public or private school in Chester County are encouraged to apply!
Admission to the Technical College High School is based on the following criteria:
- Aptitude for specific training (CareerScope)
- Attendance record
- Achievement record (grade point average)
- Student conduct
- Teacher recommendations (2)
- Career readiness essay
The Technical College High School will not discriminate in accepting students on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ethnic background or disability. For students with disabilities, accommodations in or waivers of any of the foregoing criteria shall be made in accordance with the specific provisions of the Individualized Education Program (IEP), Accommodation Plan, or Service Agreement of each student, as long as the criteria actually considered objectively demonstrates that the student will derive meaningful vocational benefit from and can participate safely in the career and technical program to which he or she seeks admission.
Should it become necessary, quotas for each school district will be established based on:
- The ratio of the total ADM (grades 9-12) of each member district to the total ADM (grades 1-12) of all member districts.
- Students already attending TCHS will have priority and remain in attendance until courses are completed as long as their educational progress is satisfactory.
- If a participating district does not fill its quota of pupils, vacancies will be distributed among the participating districts' students.
- The highest ranking students (based on admission criteria) will be admitted first, regardless of district of of residence.
How to Get Started
Applications are accepted throughout the school year for enrollment in the fall and spring semesters. Students may complete an application online. The application takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. Following the submission, the TCHS Admissions Team will acquire a student's grades, attendance, disciplinary record, teacher recommendations and more. Click to apply today!
Take the CareerScope
The CareerScope Occupational Assessment is an interest and aptitude assessment that is aligned with Federal Department of Labor standards. Students and school counselors are given the results that highlight the occupations for which the student has shown high interest and aptitude. By understanding a student's strengths, he/she can focus on choosing a TCHS program that provides better opportunities for success. The CareerScope is required prior to acceptance to the Technical College High School.
We encourage all interested students and their families to visit the school. Seeing the classrooms and equipment and meeting the teachers is an important step in the decision-making process. Students and parents can tour the school by attending one of our multiple Open House events throughout the year (check the calendar to find the next Open House date) to find the next Open House date). Or click here to complete an online request form for a personal tour or shadow day.
Check Application Status
After you have applied, you can check your application status using the Self-Service Center. Admission decisions are published online in mid-April. If you applied to start during the current school year, you will receive an admission decision sooner. Typically, students applying to start immediately receive a decision within 3 weeks of the application submission date. Decision letters can be accessed in the Self-Service Center.
Need to Appeal?
If a school board refuses a student admission, he/she may apply to the State Board for Vocational Education (SBVE) for admission to such school or department. The SBVE may approve or disapprove the application. In making such decisions, the SBVE shall take into consideration the opportunities for free vocational training in the community in which the applicant resides, the financial status of the community, the age, preparation, aptitude and previous record of the applicant and all other relevant circumstances. The decision for the SBVE shall be final. To appeal a denial for admission, please visit www.education.pa.gov or contact Dr. Lee Burket, Director, Bureau of Career and Technical Education below at 717.787.5530 or firstname.lastname@example.org.