Admissions Procedure Overview

An admissions process is necessary for Delaware County Technical Schools based on nondiscriminatory eligibility requirements for the purpose of predicting and monitoring progress of success in a given program. Career and Technical Education shops and laboratories are designed and equipped to serve a specific maximum number of students safely. All applicants in grades nine through twelve at Delaware County Technical Schools will be evaluated using the criteria contained in this Admissions Procedure.

It must be noted that for students with IEPs, the decision for admissions into the Technical School will be decided solely at the IEP meeting, and by the entire IEP team.  The below criteria will not be utilized for students with IEPs, and will not be utilized as a substitute or additional step to the decision made at the IEP meeting. (See Section IX)

The Delaware County Intermediate Unit Board, acting as agent for the Delaware County Technical School Board, approved this procedure on  September 2, 2009.

1. EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

Delaware County Technical Schools 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 or disability.

If there is a student with limited English proficiency, a qualified representative from the School district will assist the applicant in completing the necessary forms and assist in interpreting during the entire application and admissions process upon request of the applicant.

Students with disabilities may voluntarily 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 admission to the school.

2.  ELIGIBILITY STATEMENT

Any high school student who is a resident of Delaware County School Districts (Chester Upland, Chichester, Garnet Valley, Haverford Township, Interboro, Marple Newtown, Penn-Delco, Radnor Township, Ridley, Rose Tree Media, Southeast Delco, Springfield, Upper Darby, Wallingford-Swarthmore, William Penn) who expects to successfully complete the current grade is eligible to apply for fall admission or admission during the school year subject to the availability of openings at Delaware County Technical Schools. Successful completion of the current grade is defined as promotion to the next grade for current Grade 9, 10, and 11 students by the student’s local school district.

3.  ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Delaware County Technical Schools are public, regional Career and Technical Education high schools serving Delaware County. It is the responsibility of the Delaware County Technical Schools Director to supervise the administration of the procedures required to admit and enroll applicants in conformity with these Admissions Procedures.

Delaware County Technical Schools has an Admissions Committee appointed by the Director. The committee consists of the Assistant Director, the applicable campus Principal, the Guidance Counselors, the Supervisor of Student Services, and the Recruitment Team.

The Building Principal serves as the Chair of the Admissions Committee.

Responsibilities of the Admissions Committee include:

• Determination of standards for admission
• Development and implementation of admissions procedures
• Processing of applications
• Ranking of students
• Admission of students according to the procedure and criteria in the admissions procedure
• Establishment and maintenance of a waiting list of acceptable candidates

 It is the responsibility of the Admissions Committee to ensure, to whatever extent possible, all qualified applicants are served with no limitations on the number accepted from each of the 15 school districts according to available space.

4. RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Prior to applying to Delaware County Technical Schools, district students have several opportunities to gain information about the school and its programs including:

  1.  The official brochure describing Delaware County Technical Schools’ academic and Career and Technical Education programs and an application are available in the sending schools and Delaware County Technical Schools Guidance Office. Brochures are mailed to all districts’ 9th grade students and are available online at www.Delcotech.org
  2. The recruitment team (representatives from the technical school) visits all sending districts and provides information about available programs, career pathways, and admissions requirements. Participation in open houses is not a prerequisite for admission.
  3. Tours are available to the public upon request. The Delaware County Technical Schools are open year round to provide information to prospective applicants. Information about the school is also available at the Delaware County Technical School website at www.Delcotech.org
  4.  An open house for students is held in early November.

5. APPLICATION PROCESS

Students can apply on-line using the On-line Application Form.

Paper copies of the DCTS 2014 Application are available here and distributed in the DCTS Courseguide. Paper applications are available at all high schools and parochial schools, as well as at Delaware County Technical Schools. Course guides, brochures and applications are mailed to all 9th and 10th grade students who reside within the Delaware County Technical Schools region.

If you are submitting a paper application:

  1. The front page of the application, requesting personal information and program choices, is filled out by the child and parent. The parent must sign the application to indicate approval of their son/daughter’s application and authorize the release of all information by the sending school.
  2. The application is returned to the student’s counselor or directly to the school.
  3. The school counselor is to forward the application to DCTS with all requested documentation including the student’s report card for the previous year and the first half of the current year, attendance reports for the same time period, recommendations, discipline records, results of standardized testing or PSSA.  For students with special needs, the following must be attached: current IEP, current reevaluation reports, and documentation that a DCTS representative was present at an IEP meeting to discuss Career and Technical Education programming.
  4. Information from the applications is entered into the student data management system.
  5. If an application is received directly by DCTS from the student or an incomplete application is received, we will notify the District to forward the necessary documents as indicated by number 3.
  6. DCTS will administer the CareerScope assessment which is an interest inventory/aptitude screening (DCTS will not administer CarrerScope to students with special needs as career assessments will be reviewed as part of the IEP process).
  7. Notification of acceptance will be sent to all applicants no later than August 1st. Local school counselors will be notified as well.

7. SELECTION CRITERIA

Delaware County Technical Schools’ criteria are nondiscriminatory and designed for the purpose of predicting success in a given program.

High school applicants will be accepted based upon the following minimum criteria: aptitude/interest, attendance history, grades, and career readiness. Some individual programs require an interview process which will be taken into consideration in addition to the criteria listed below.

 WEIGHT/CRITERIA 
50%  Aptitude/Interest for specific training (occupational assessment)         
25% Attendance record
 20% Achievement record (grade point average)
5%  Career readiness essay                                                                          
100%   TOTAL                                                                                                   
8.  REVIEW AND APPEALS PROCESS

The applicant’s parents(s)/guardian(s), upon receipt of a letter from Delaware County Technical Schools indicating that the applicant was not admitted or placed on a waiting list for the school or for a particular program, may request a review of the decision by sending a letter requesting a review to the Director within 15 days of the receipt of the letter. The Director will respond in writing to the letter with the findings of the review within 15 days of receipt of the letter. If after the review by the Director of Guidance, the parent/guardian wishes to appeal the findings, they may do so by sending a letter to the Principal within 15 days of receipt of the letter from the Director of Guidance requesting a review. The Principal will respond in writing to the letter with the findings of the review within 15 days of the receipt of the appeal letter.

9.  STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES AND PROGRAMMING

With regard to the placement of students with Individual Education Programs into a career and technical program, determination will be made through the MDT/IEP process.

For students with disabilities, success should be predicted by the IEP team on the basis of his or her ability to benefit from the program. § 339.21, 339.57(A)(4)

Upon invitation from the member district, DCTS staff will be participating members of each child’s evaluation team, IEP team, and/or Service agreement team.

The school district must notify the Career and Technical education representative, in a timely manner, who must attend the team meeting. §339.21(5) and (6).

For students with special needs, the home school must provide the following documents: current IEP, current reevaluation reports, and documentation that a DCTS representative was present at an IEP meeting to discuss Career and Technical Education programming.

Once the IEP team decides that the Technical school is the appropriate programming for the student, the student must provide a completed application. This application, as stated above, will not be utilized for admission criteria but rather for the tracking of admitted students. The information obtained from the application will also be entered into the Technical Schools data management system.

It is illegal for school districts to counsel students with disabilities toward more restrictive career objectives than students without disabilities with similar abilities and interests. Counselors cannot direct or urge a student to enroll in a particular career or program, or measure or predict a student’s prospects for success in any career or program, based on the student’s disability. §339.32