Director: Christopher Cummings
Secretary: Mary Jo Vasquezi
Career and Technical Education in the Waltham Public Schools includes the areas of Career and Vocational Technical Education, Family and Consumer Science, and Business Education in grades 9-12 and Technology/Engineeering in grades 7-12. We are proud to offer a wide range of programs and courses to meet the varied needs and interests of our students.
Career and Technical Education
Career & Technical Education Programs Include:
Admission into CTE Programs
Application for Admission to CTE Programs
Notice for students and parents of students considering a Chapter 74 Career and Vocational Technical Program not offered by the Waltham Public Schools
An application is to be filed for any student who has been admitted, or is being considered for admission, to a specific Chapter 74-approved Career and Vocational Technical Education program not offered at Waltham High School. This out-of-district application must be received by Waltham's Superintendent of Schools by April 1st of the preceding year. If you have any questions on this process please contact the out-of-district school or the Director of Career and Technical Education for the Waltham Public Schools at (781) 314-5519.
S.H.O.R.E. Collaborative (SOLVED)
The Waltham Public Schools is a member district of the Shore Educational Collaborative's Shore Occupational Learning and Vocational Educational Division (SOLVED). SOLVED provides access to exploratory and CVTE experiences for students in member districts so that students may explore the particular program in which they have an expressed interest along with additional areas. The Waltham Public Schools' Career and Technical Education Program provides exploratory and CVTE experiences to SOLVED member school district students at no tuition cost provided that they are enrolled in a SOLVED member school district for this purpose. Likewise, SOLVED member school districts provide these exploratory and CVTE experiences at no tuition cost for Waltham Public School students for this purpose. After the exploratory program, SOLVED member school district students are eligible to apply for admission to schools of member districts in those instances where the student's home school district does not offer the particular career/vocational-technical program that is of interest to the student or if the particular program of interest is over-subscribed. All non-resident students must meet the admission criteria for high school and then the program placement criteria of the member district where the program the student is seeking to enter is located. SOLVED member school district students will be evaluated and ranked using the criteria set forth in the Admissions Policy. Ninth grade SOLVED students may elect to explore specific career/vocational areas that are not offered or are oversubscribed in their home district and participate in the freshman exploratory program at the Waltham High School Career and Technical Education Program. Such students will be evaluated in exploratory according to the established grading rubric. If SOLVED students are eventually selected for a career/vocational technical program, slots will be held for those students and they will be given the opportunity to transfer to the collaborative school district for enrollment as tenth graders in the first year course of that program. All non-Waltham resident students must meet the basic requirements of promotion to the grade they seek and have passing grades in English language arts or the equivalent and mathematics. Non-Waltham resident students may be denied admission to Waltham High School Career and Technical Programs if their discipline records contain infractions involving weapons, drugs, assault on school staff, or school threats. A non-Waltham resident student may be denied admission if s/he has been charged with a felony or has had a felony delinquency complaint issued against him/her, or if the student has been convicted, adjudicated, or admitted in court of guilt with respect to a felony or felony delinquency. The sending school district will be responsible for the transportation for all CVTE students. SOLVED member school district students are not eligible for first time admission as eleventh or twelfth grade students unless they are transferring from another career/vocational-technical program, and then they must follow the transfer procedures