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Admissions

Keefe Tech Priority Application deadline is January 15, 2018

Showcase Days & Career Night

Students from the in-district communities of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, and Natick will have the opportunity to visit Keefe Tech during the month of November with their school.  Transportation is provided for each middle school by Keefe Tech, and visiting students will view and participate in presentations from our Student Ambassadors and their instructors. Each of our 16 Career and Technical Programs will host several visiting student groups. Eighth grade students will select two Career and Technical Programs that interest them, and the admissions team at Keefe Tech will assign them an additional program to explore. Our goal is for eighth grade students to leave with a better understanding of Career and Technical Education and the opportunities available to them at Keefe Regional Technical School.

Our career and technical programs open their doors to demonstrate who we are, and what we do! Live demonstrations, presentations and more! Potential Keefe Tech students and their parents are invited and encouraged to attend. Our students and staff look forward to sharing their expertise and experiences with you!
The Application Process

A Keefe Tech application is available from the Guidance Department at all sending schools, the Keefe Tech Guidance Office (508-416-2270), or from the links above.

  • To view or download our Admissions Policy, please click the button below.
  • All completed grade eight applications can be given to the sending school Guidance Counselor or mailed directly to the Keefe Tech Guidance Department. 
  • Keefe Tech will work with the middle schools to obtain the necessary information if an application is sent directly to our school.
The following information is needed for a complete application:
  • Applicant’s grades
  • Attendance record
  • Discipline/conduct record
  • Local Guidance Counselor's recommendation
Any transfer applicant must make an appointment to be interviewed at Keefe Technical School accompanied by their parent/guardian.  Please contact our Guidance Department at 508.416.2270.  

Any grade eight or transfer application that does not reside in the in-district communities of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, or Natick must complete a 
Chapter 74 Non-Resident Tuition Application (download below) and submit this form to the sending school superintendent for approval.  This form must be signed prior to April 1, 2018.   Keefe Tech cannot accept a student from a non-resident community without the sending superintendent's approval.
Grade Eight Applicants
All interested students can obtain a Keefe Tech application from their middle school guidance office, the Keefe Tech Guidance Department, or from the links below. Students and their parents may also complete an online application by using the link below. Completed applications should be returned to the applicant's middle school counselor or directly to the Keefe Tech Guidance Department.  

All in-district eighth grade applicants will participate in an interview at their middle school beginning in January or February.  Interview days will be coordinated between Keefe Tech's Admissions Department and each middle school guidance department.
Our priority deadline for applications for the 2017-2018 school year is January 15, 2018.  Students may still apply after this date, and acceptances will be issued on a rolling basis until programs are at capacity.

All accepted students will receive information about additional transition programming being offered at Keefe Tech including: Dinner with a Teacher Night in April, Accepted Students Day in June, and Freshman Step-Up Day in August.  Our goal is for all accepted students to have the support to make a successful transition to high school.  Please contact our Admissions/Guidance Department with any questions or concerns about the application process.  We look forward to continuing to work with all eighth grade students and their families for a positive transition to Keefe Tech!
Admissions F.A.Q.
Questions About Applying
Questions About The School Day
Questions About Our CTE Programs & Sports
Why Keefe Tech?
Keefe Tech offers a unique educational experience combining rigorous academics with dynamic and comprehensive Career and Technical Training.  Students are prepared to enter their prospective career paths as skilled employees, or further their education at a two or four year college or university.

What kind of student does Keefe Tech seek to enroll?
Successful students at Keefe Tech embrace  the value of combining Career and Technical Education with a dynamic and challenging academic curriculum. They view their high school experience as a place to discover their passions and challenge themselves both inside and outside of the classroom.

What communities does Keefe Tech serve?
Keefe Tech serves the in-district communities of Ashland, Framingham, Holliston Hopkinton and Natick.

Can I apply to Keefe Tech if I do not live in one of your sending communities?
Yes, you will need to fill out an Out Of District Application and apply through your town’s Superintendent’s office.  Please contact our Guidance Office for further information.

How do we apply to Keefe Tech?
You can apply to Keefe Tech online at Keefetech.go2cte.com or you can request a paper application, fill it out, and return it to the Keefe Tech Guidance Office.

What is the criteria for admission to Keefe Tech?
Keefe Tech is an application school, admission will be based on a student’s grades , attendance discipline and sending school recommendation for 7th and 8th grade. A interview will also be part of the admissions criteria. Please refer to the admissions policy on our website at keefetech.org for further information.

Can I visit the school?
Parents and families of prospective students are invited to Career Night/Open House at our campus on November 29th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm. This is an opportunity to tour the school and get all your questions answered about the Keefe Tech high school experience. In addition, we will host a Parent Information Night in February for parents of prospective students. Please refer to the Admissions Timeline for additional events we host throughout the school year.

Will my 8th grader visit the school?
Current 8th graders in all of our sending middle schools will participate in a Showcase Day, which includes touring the school and visiting three CTE programs of choice. Look for those dates on our admissions page.

If you are an Out Of District student, please attend the Career Night/Open House to tour the school and get all your questions answered.

Will my child be interviewed?
Any 8th grade student that applies to Keefe Tech by the priority deadline of January 15th and is attending one of our sending middle schools will be interviewed at their sending school by a member of our admissions team at Keefe Tech.  Those interviews usually take place during the month of January and early February.  Out-of-district applicants will be contacted about an interview on our campus once an application is received.  

Is there a deadline to apply?
We encourage students to apply to Keefe Tech by the priority deadline which is January 15th. We are a rolling admissions high school therefore students can apply after the priority deadline.

How do you get my child’s transcripts?
Once you apply to Keefe Tech you have signed a records release giving the sending middle school permission to share your child’s 7th and 8th grade transcripts with our admissions team at Keefe Tech. The sending school will prepare a packet for our review when we come to interview your child at their middle school.

When will I know if my child is accepted to Keefe Tech?
Acceptance letters are mailed out on March 1, 2018.
How does my child get to school?
Keefe Tech provides school bus transportation to all of our students living in one of our five communities.

Is there a transportation fee?
Currently there is no transportation fee for school bus transportation to and from Keefe Tech for enrolled students.

Can my child buy lunch?
Students can purchase lunch for a fee or bring their own lunch.

How long is your school day?
The First Keefe Tech locker bell goes off at 7:25 AM and dismissal is at 2:00 PM.

What does the schedule look like at Keefe Tech?
All students operate on an A and B week schedule.  See below for a visual of the grade 9 experience.  Beginning in grade 10, students rotate between one week of all academics and one week of their Career and Technical Program.

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How long is each class?
Each class is just under one hour (57 minute block).  Students have a total of 6 blocks each day during their Academic week.

How is a student’s academic schedule determined?
Academic schedules are determined based upon recommendations from 8th grade teachers,student, and parent input. Our expectation is that students will enroll in courses that challenge their abilities.

What is the student/faculty ratio?
The average student /faculty ratio is 10 students to1 faculty member.

What is the average class size?
The average class size is 17 students.

Do you offer Honors level courses?
We offer honors classes in all core subject areas.

Do you offer AP classes?
Currently we offer four AP classes; AP English Literature & Composition, AP Language and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Computer Science.  Future AP classes may be added to our curriculum.

What is Dual Enrollment?
Dual Enrollment is an opportunity for qualified sophomores, juniors and seniors to take college level courses at a college campus for credit.  Currently we offer Dual Enrollment classes with Mass Bay Community College and Framingham State University.

Do students get to take electives?
Students can take electives at Keefe Tech each year.  Students work with their School Counselor to select courses.

Do you offer Special Education?
Special Education services and programs are offered in accordance with state and federal laws that govern special education and are driven by the scope of the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Please contact our SPED Dept at 508-416-2270 with any specific questions you may have regarding your child.

Who do I contact about my child’s IEP?
Please contact our SPED office at 508-416-2270 at Keefe Tech with individual questions regarding your child’s IEP.
How do students choose their CTE program?
Prior to the beginning of freshman year, the students are introduced to the Career and Technical Programs (CTE) offered at Keefe Tech. They spend 15 periods during a two week cycle in a Career and Technical area, exploring 8 out of 16 programs. These CTE areas are based upon choices of interest expressed by the student and also include non-traditional CTE areas.

How many CTE programs do you offer?
We offer 16 Career and Technical Programs.  The most recent additions are Legal and Protective Services and Dental Assisting.

Will my child get their first choice for their CTE program?
Upon completion of the Exploratory cycles, each student will choose the CTE program in which they are most interested in. If a Program is oversubscribed, the student’s academic, attendance, discipline record and performance in the exploratory program will be considered for placement into the Program. The majority of our students are placed in their first choice program (over 90% placement rate).

Can students change their mind about CTE programs?
Students will have the opportunity to change programs if they so desire and if a seat is available within the CTE area.

How much time will students spend in their CTE programs?
Grade nine students will follow the Career Exploratory schedule. Beginning in grade ten, students will alternate between an academic week and a Career and Technical week for the remaining three years.
How many sports teams do you have?
We currently have 16 Varsity Athletic Program.  Please refer the Athletic Department page on the website for a list of athletics by season.

Are there fees for athletics?
Currently there are no fees for athletics at Keefe Tech.

Who makes the team?
Keefe Tech currently has a no cut policy.  As long as students are in good standing they have an opportunity to be part of a team.

How will my child get home after sports?
Keefe Tech offers a late bus (5:15 PM) free of charge to transport students home after athletics.

What extra-curricular activities do you offer?
Keefe Tech offers a wide variety of clubs and organizations.  Please refer to the list under school activities on the website.

How will my child get home if they stay for an activity?
Keefe Tech provides a late bus (3:05 PM) free of charge to transport students home after extracurricular activities.

Can a student participate in more than one activity?
Students can participate in more than one activity depending upon the meeting times and dates of each activity.  All students are encouraged to be involved in the school community.