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Applications for the 2023-2024 school year are now open!

The priority application dates are November 1 – December 15, 2022.

Thank you for your interest in the Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS)!

CTECS is very different from traditional high schools. We recommend students genuinely be interested in earning a technical education, learning a trade, and have a deep understanding of the rigor and demands of a CTECS education, including: 

  • A 182-day academic curriculum being taught in 91 days each year. 
  • The number of hours required to learn trade skills (both during school hours, after school, and beyond graduation in some instances). 
  • Requirements of earning credentials, certifications, and licensure for specific trades. 

We recommend that you examine the CTECS website to understand some of the details of successfully earning a trade certification in conjunction with an academic high school diploma, which is offered to students who choose to attend a technical high school.  

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The online application will be available on November 1, 2022. All current 8th- and 9th-grade students must complete a new application. The priority deadline for applications is December 15, 2022. Applications submitted after December 15, 2022, will be reviewed on a rolling basis only for schools where seats are available.

  • Current 8th-grade students for enrollment in the 2023-2024 school year
  • Current 9th-grade students for enrollment in the 2022-2023 school year (beginning in January 2023)
  • Current 9th-grade students for enrollment in 2023-2024 school year (September 2023 only)

1. Let your school counselor (if none, another school official) know you are going to apply.  

  • They will receive an email from the CTECS school district requesting information.
  • You will need their correct email address to enter into the application.

2. Review the website of the school you want to apply for.

  • Confirm you are in their catchment area and are eligible for free bus transportation to the CTECS school.  You will find a map on the school’s website “about” page.

3. Review the trade(s) you are interested in and learn about them, including course descriptions and prospective jobs.  Be sure the trade you are interested in is offered at the school you are applying to by reviewing the school’s website under “programs”.

4. Work hard and do your best in school this year!

The Priority Deadline to apply is December 15, 2022 – submit your application before then for the best chance to attend one of the technical high schools.

In Mid-February, you will receive an “Initial Notice” email or a “Waitlist” email and have 10 days to respond, indicating whether or not you are interested in continuing in the admissions process to attend a technical high school.

If you respond yes to the Initial Notice survey request, educational records will be requested from your sending school and reviewed.  If you are homeschooled, other documentation is required.  If more information or meetings are required, you will be notified.

May 2023 – Freshmen Orientation events are held for students who are in the admissions process for a CTECS high school.

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