No. 115.

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MIDDLETOWN AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

SECTION: TITLE:

PROGRAMS ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR TECHNICAL SCHOOL October 14, 1991 May 19, 1997

ADOPTED: REVISED:

115.1. ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR TECHNICAL SCHOOL 1. Purpose The Middletown Area School District views attendance at Dauphin County Technical School as a commitment to a challenging career training program. Therefore, the district establishes minimum criteria for a student to attain prior to the Middletown Area School District agreeing to sponsor and recommend a student's attendance at Dauphin County Technical School. Criteria The following is a list of minimum acceptable criteria necessary for a student to be granted permission by the Middletown Area School District to attend the Dauphin County Technical School. 1. At least a 1.5 grade point average in eighth grade or the most recent full academic year of attendance at school. 2. No more than twelve (12) absences from school, with no more than one (1) unexcused absence, in eighth grade or the most recent school year. 3. A satisfactory discipline record as determined by the building administration. 4. Acceptance by the Dauphin County Technical School in the ninth grade exploratory program or the student's designated vocational choice. 5. Freshmen standing or above by August 31st prior to initial enrollment at Dauphin County Technical School. 6. No more than one (1) failing subject in eighth grade or the most recent school year. Exceptional children will be processed for admission based on an I.E.P., with the above listed criteria considered, but not mandatory, during the I.E.P. process.

2. Guidelines

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A student denied permission to attend the Dauphin County Technical School because of the lack of one (1) or more of the criteria listed above may request a waiver in writing addressed to the high school principal. Such communication will outline specifically the extenuating circumstances the student feels should be considered by the school district relative to the student's application to attend the Dauphin County Technical School. A student may be granted permission to attend the Dauphin County Technical School by the Superintendent, upon the recommendation of the high school principal, should the circumstances outlined in the waiver request merit making an exception to the minimum criteria outlined above. Transferring Students must request to transfer to the Dauphin County Technical School by March 1st for the next school year. Between March 1st and the end of the first six weeks of the next school year, a student may request a transfer to the Dauphin County Technical School by indicating in writing to the high school guidance office the reasons for such a request. Such a request will be considered as an exception to normal procedure. For such a request to be honored, extenuating circumstances are necessary. For each such request, a written recommendation from the appropriate guidance counselor and the middle/high school principal will be made to the Superintendent, who will make a decision. Students desiring to attend the Dauphin County Technical School and making application for the exploratory and shop areas, after the end of the first marking period, will be considered as applying for the following school year. Newly admitted students will be required to remain at the Dauphin County Technical School for the first four (4) weeks of the school year except when released for medical reasons. During that time, a student will have spent two (2) weeks in academic classes and two (2) weeks in shop-laboratory. At the end of this period, a first year student may request reassignment to the home school through the Dauphin County Technical School Guidance Coordinator, who will contact the designated representatives of the home school. At the start of the seventh week of school, transfer will cease except for extreme cases which will be handled individually following the above procedure. Students in their second or third year at the Dauphin County Technical School who wish to return to their home school shall initiate a request for reassignment to the home school by June 1 of the school year through the Guidance Coordinator who

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will notify the designated grade level counselor of the home school. Once the school year begins, transfers will cease except for extreme cases which will be handled individually following the above procedure. The objective of the Dauphin County Technical School is to provide areas of education on various levels for individuals who may benefit from a vocational technical education program. The school program is a four (4) year program beginning in ninth grade, of which approximately fifty percent of the time is spent in vocational shops or laboratories; the remainder is spent in general education and related trade subjects. 3. Delegation of Responsibility Entrance procedures, vocational aptitude testing and orientation of the vocationaltechnical school shall be under the supervision of the guidance department and the principal.

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