The admissions process is highly student-centered, with a strong focus for the individual student to be successful and to be able to meet the curricular, interest and learning expectations. A selection process is necessary to determine which applicants may most benefit from such educational opportunities. All applicants to grades nine through twelve at the Mercer County Technical School District will be evaluated using the criteria contained in this Admissions Policy.
EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY
Mercer County Technical School District 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 Mercer County Technical School District will assist the applicant in completing the necessary forms and assist in interpreting during the entire application and admissions process upon the request of the applicant. Enrollment forms and recruitment information are available in Spanish, Chinese and Polish on the district’s website at www.mcts.edu. Disabled students may voluntarily self-identify for the purpose of requesting reasonable accommodations during the entire application and admissions process. Information on limited English proficiency and disabilities 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.
Any ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth-grade student who is a resident of Mercer County that 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 the Mercer County Technical School District. Successful completion of the current grade is defined as a promotion to the next grade for current Grade 9-12 students by the student’s local school district and having passed English Language Arts or its equivalent and Mathematics for each year of high school enrollment.
Students residing in towns not included in Mercer County may apply if they meet the requirements listed above. These applicants will be considered for any openings remaining after those eligible from the district towns has been admitted. Transfer students from other technical schools are eligible to apply for fall admission or admission during the school year to Grades 9-12 at Mercer County Technical Schools provided they expect to successfully complete their current grade. Transfer students will be evaluated using the criteria contained in this shared-time and transitions admissions, counseling and enrollment procedures document.
The Mercer County Technical School District is a public, county technical high school serving Mercer County, New Jersey. The campuses include the Arthur R. Sypek Center of Hopewell, NJ, the Assunpink Center of Trenton, NJ, and the Career Prep Program located on the grounds of Mercer County Community College.
The Mercer County Technical School District has an Admissions Committee appointed by the Superintendent. The Committee consists of the Assistant Superintendent, the Supervisor of Secondary Education at the Sypek Center, the School Social Worker, the School Guidance Counselor and the Admissions Officer/Community Liaison. The Assistant Superintendent 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
- Admission of students according to the procedure and criteria in the admissions policy
- 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 Mercer County towns according to available space. Openings will be determined by the Mercer County Technical School District Administration. The Mercer County Technical School District is in compliance with State and Federal legislation guaranteeing equal access to public educational institutions. Students who have withdrawn from the Mercer County Technical School District must reapply and meet the established admissions criteria. Non-resident students must meet the same admissions criteria as residents. They will be admitted on a space-available basis after June 30th, following the completion of the admissions process for in-district students. Non-resident students must have approval of their non-resident tuition arrangements. Transfer students from other technical schools will adhere to the admissions policy and will be accepted on a space-available basis. The Mercer County Technical School District does not participate in the School Choice Program.
RECRUITMENT AND COUNSELING PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
Prior to applying to the Mercer County Technical School District, prospective students have several opportunities to gain information about the school and its programs including:
- General program information about Mercer County Technical Schools’ academic and technical programs are available online and can be translated to more than 90 different native languages using the Google Translate function on any page of our website.
- An online application is available via the infosnap portal which can be accessed from any page of our website.
- Targeted direct mailings to prospective students are distributed.
- District Information Sessions are held annually onsite at various district campuses. Participation in District Information Sessions is not a prerequisite for admission.
- On-site presentations are offered to all sending school districts.
- On-site presentations are given at various community organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, religious organizations, etc.
- Student groups are invited to tour the schools, learn about available programs, and listen to presentations describing program offerings. Transportation is provided by the Mercer County Technical School District or the sending school district.
- Students may attend a Guest Day Visit where they spend a morning or afternoon in a program or several programs.
- Students may attend a multi-day visit to sample various programs.
- School offices are open year-round to provide information to prospective applicants.
- Videos and virtual tours of programs and shops are offered on the district’s website.
PROVIDING RECRUITMENT DOCUMENTS IN STUDENTS’ NATIVE LANGUAGE
1. All admissions material will be translated into native languages as per the demographic data from sending school warrants.
2. Admissions material will be translated to the following languages: Spanish, Polish, Chinese
3. Admissions material will be distributed during recruitment presentations in the following language in the following schools:
- Spanish – Hightstown High School, Nottingham High School, Hamilton High School West, Lawrence High
- Polish – Lawrence High School
- Chinese – West Windsor – Plainsboro South High School and West Windsor -Plainsboro North High School
4. Admissions material in Spanish, Polish and Chinese will also be placed on the district’s website.
5. The Assistant Superintendent will meet monthly with the Admissions Officer/Community Liaison to monitor that materials are being distributed to the above schools in the appropriate language.
6. Demographic data will be analyzed annually and materials will be translated as needed and provided to schools based upon the population of the native languages of the students.
The online application is available on the Mercer County Technical School District’s website at www.mcts.edu.
- The application requests personal information and program choices and is filled out by the prospective student and parent/guardian. The parent/guardian must electronically sign the application to indicate approval of the student’s application and authorize the release of all information by the sending school.
- Once the prospective student and parent/guardian complete their portion of the application, a notification is automatically generated by infosnap to notify the sending school district for the student’s counselor to provide the school records requested. This information includes the student’s report card; attendance reports; recommendations, and any other pertinent information. When all information has been uploaded by the sending school counselor to the student’s online application, the application will be reviewed by the Mercer County Technical School District.
- Notification will be made by the Assistant Superintendent to all applicants by June 30th. Each applicant will receive a letter notifying them of admission, conditional admission (pending the passing of English or its equivalent and Mathematics), placement on the waiting list with reasons stated, or rejection. Sending school counselors will be notified in writing and they can access infosnap for the most up-to-date status of their applicant.
Applicants with passing grades in academic areas and good standing attendance over the last two years will be considered for admission into the program. Applicants who do not meet these criteria may be put on a waiting list, maybe rejected or may be required to complete a Guest Day Visit. Students who participate in a Guest Day Visit will be assessed on the following criteria: showing interest in program, staying on task, presenting a positive attitude, time management, asking appropriate questions, literacy/numeracy skills. A student may earn a total of 30 quality points. At the conclusion of the visit, the instructor will decide if the applicant should be recommended or not.
Students applying to the Cosmetology program will receive points based upon their GPA (10 points for a 3.5 to 4.0, 8 points for a 2.5 to 3.4, and 6 points for a 1.5 to 2.4) and attendance average over the past two years (10 points for 5 or less, 8 points for 6-7, 6 points for 8-9, 4 points for 10-11, 2 points for 12-13 and 0 points for over 13). Students achieving 14 points and over will be considered for admission into the program. Students who score less than 14 points will require a Guest Day Visit and will be considered for admission based upon an assessment from the Cosmetology instructor.
Cosmetology program applicants who participate in a Guest Day Visit will complete a written assessment. The assessment includes reading skills, math skills and interview questions asked by the instructor. Students who earn 15-20 points will be recommended for the program. Students who earn 10-14 points will be placed on a waiting list. Students earning less than 10 points will not be recommended.
The Assistant Superintendent screens each application to determine if it is complete. Appropriate members of the Admissions Committee review the applications to determine the final selection of entering students. The Committee also reviews the non-resident applications and makes recommendations for acceptance when appropriate.
Notification will be made by the Assistant Superintendent to all applicants by mail before June 30. Each applicant will receive a letter notifying them of admission, placement on the waitlist with reasons stated, or rejection. Sending school counselors will be notified in writing and they can check infosnap for the most up-to-date status of their applicant. Students who were previously added to a waitlist may be notified after June 30th.
After acceptance letters are mailed to the parents/guardians or students are required to notify the Office of Admissions to confirm their attendance in the program. Parents and students may do so by email or telephone contact. The Office of Admissions will keep track of student enrollment via the infosnap system. Accepted students who do not confirm their attendance, may risk losing their space in the program.
REVIEW AND APPEALS PROCESS
The applicant’s parents(s)/guardian(s), upon receipt of a letter 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 Assistant Superintendent within 15 days of the receipt of the letter. The Assistant Superintendent 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 Assistant Superintendent, the parent/guardian wishes to appeal the findings, they may do so by sending a letter requesting a review to the Superintendent within 15 days of receipt of the letter from the Assistant Superintendent. The Superintendent will respond in writing to the letter with the findings of the review within 15 days of the receipt of the appeal letter. The decision of the Superintendent is final.