CTE Frequently Asked Questions
Do all West Ada high school students have access to CTE courses?
Yes! These career-aligned program classes are elective courses highlighted in the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Magnet Program section of each home high school's current course description handbook. Students register for these classes through their home high school. Program flow charts also located in the course handbook are helpful to see the sequencing of the classes and scope of the program. Students sign up for these classes one year at a time. These CTE program classes are not open to students who attend a charter high school, i.e. Meridian Medical Arts Charter H.S. and Meridian Technical Charter H.S. Students attending an academy must travel to take a prerequisite program course.
Are all CTE classes offered at the home high school?
No. If a student wants to complete a CTE Magnet Program course, at some point, it will be logistically necessary for them to attend a CTE Center at an off-campus site on a part-time basis. Depending on the program, students may start traveling as early as their sophomore year, whereas other programs do not require travel until their junior or senior year. Besides CTE centers. other off-site locations are area businesses where students do extern and internships or work at a construction site.
Do students attend a CTE center full-time?
No. CTE Centers are not full-time schools. They are centralized off-campus sites offering state-of-the-art tailored classroom labs including specialized equipment, which promotes hands-on applied practice.
If i home school can my son/daughter dual-enroll in a CTE program class?
If you are homeschooling and want to take a career and technical education (CTE) program class, your child will need to enroll (as a part-time student) at their attendance-zoned home high school and participate in the spring pre-registration process. During registration, students may select/request a CTE class during the process, yet that does not guarantee them a seat in the class. (See District Dual Enrollment Policy 501.92 section: Class Size/Enrollment excerpt below) Students must meet all requirements listed in the current Course Description Handbook - see the Career & Technical Education Magnet Program section. Once the number of course sections have been determined and class times are set, over the summer, a software program maximizes the most fits to assign students their classes for the following school year, which may include first choices and/or alternative elective class requests. Students are then given a schedule right before school starts. The CTE Administration Office does not handle home high school enrollment and registration processes. Please contact the home high school to take the next step to obtain enrollment paperwork, policies, and other information including registration timelines.
Dual Enrollment District Policy Code No. 501.92 Class Size/Enrollment section (Page 3) excerpt:
"If enrollment in a specific class or program reaches the maximum for the program, priority for enrollment shall be given to a student who is enrolled full time in the public school. If a class or program is full and includes a part time nonpublic or public charter school student when a regular full time student transfers into the school during the semester, the District’s normal enrollment procedure shall remain the same and the nonpublic or public charter school student may not be disenrolled to provide space for the full time student. Regular full time students will be given priority for enrollment at the start of each semester."How does the lottery work?
To access the most current informationa about the lottery process for CTE classes, see your home high school's most current Course Description Handbook it includes a CTE section that covers the specifics.
what about transportation when the class is taught off-campus at a cte center?
Transportation will be provided to and from the home high school to an off-campus site where students take CTE magnet program classes. In the event of minimal ridership, students will be notified and given an option to provide their own transportation or choose an alternate class. The specific requirements of a class may include an extern or internship at an industry site or collaboration of some kind with a local business partnership. If so, those classes specify that it requires a student to be able to self-transport. See your home high school's current course description handbook and find the CTE Magnet Program section to know which courses are identified with a blue car icon. If so, the class does require that students must provide their own transportation. If there is an existing bus running to and from the technical center from a home high school students are welcome to ride those buses if they have class at the center, yet no bus will be scheduled for such classes that require self-transport. Busing schedules and Self Transportation Forms are found under the menu item titled "Transportation".