CTE Frequently Asked Questions
Do all West Ada high school students have access to CTE courses?
Yes! These are elective, career-aligned courses, available to all West Ada high school students. 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.
Are all CTE classes offered at the home high school?
No. Students who choose a CTE magnet program will complete all or some of their coursework at one of three off-site CTE centers, on a part time basis. Depending on the program, some pathways require travel to the a center starting sophomore year-senior year.
Is there a fee to enroll in CTE classes?
No, CTE classes are offered free of charge to qualifying students within the West Ada School District. However, some programs may have additional or required testing or certificates that may require students to pay for out of pocket.
Do students attend a CTE center full-time?
No. CTE centers are not full-time schools. They are centralized, off-site campuses that offer students accessibility to state-of-the-art, industry modeled, classroom labs and instruction.
If my child is homeschooled, can they 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 with their zoned home high school. Courses are selected during the spring pre-registration process. During registration, students may request to enroll in a CTE class, however, due to availabilty, they are not guaranteed enrollment.
District Dual Enrollment Policy 501.92
"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?
The purpose of the lottery is to provide an equitable system for selecting students for the limited available seats. If more students apply than seats are available in a CTE Magnet Program class, then students will be selected by random lottery.
How do students attend CTE courses that are taught off-campus at a CTE center?
Transportation will be provided to and from the home high school to the CTE center, for the magnet courses. Some magnet classes include an extern or internship at an industry site or collaboration of some kind with a local business partnership. If so, students will be required to self-transport to the off-site event. CTE shuttle information can be found here.
Can I choose to self transport instead of riding the shuttle?
You may choose to self transport to your off-site CTE magnet program classes. A parent or guardian must complete a self transportation form found via the PowerSchool portal.