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Friday, 13 August 2010 14:44

Types of Educational Institutions

Universities can be quite large and usually include a liberal arts college, some professional colleges, and graduate programs. This means they can offer the two-year and four-year degrees as well as graduate degrees in advanced studies beyond four years. Universities offer a huge course selection and may have extensive resources. Class size varies, depending on the size of the university, the subject area, and the course level. University professors are usually involved in research. Graduate students, rather than professors, teach some of the classes. (These graduate students are called Teaching Assistants or TAs.)

Colleges offer four-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees. Some also offer a two-year Associate of Arts (AA) degree. Colleges can be specialized (for example, in nursing) or they can offer a broad curriculum, like the liberal arts which focus on the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Professors see teaching as their primary responsibility. And classes tend to be smaller than those in universities. This provides students with more personal attention and better access to the faculty.

Community colleges:
Community or junior colleges offer two-year liberal arts programs or specific career training programs. After completing their studies, students receive a certificate or an associate degree. Many students then transfer to a four-year college or university to continue their education.

Vocational, technical, professional, and trade schools:
These institutions are for students who know exactly what they want to do and have chosen certain specialized occupations. Study programs at these schools prepare students for specific careers and may last weeks, months, or years, depending on career requirements. At these schools, students usually receive a license, a certificate, or an associate degree.


  • Application with application fee
  • Application deadline
  • Must take SATs (see individual college requirements)
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letters (Must submit resume when asking for recommendation letters)


  • 1 year Certificate or 2 year Associates Degree
  • Rolling Admissions
  • No SATs but must take ACCUPLACER exam
  • No Essay

As you consider cost, keep in mind that public schools are usually less expensive than private schools.

Public schools are supported by the state's taxpayers: students pay 30% or less of the actual cost of education and the state covers the rest. Because residents of the state already support the school through taxes, public schools charge residents (in-state students) less than nonresidents (out-of-state students).

Private schools provide their own funding and tend to be more expensive than public schools. But because they are not tax-supported, private schools also tend to be more innovative in developing college financing plans, tuition assistance programs, and financial aid award packages.

So don't rule out any schools, yet, just because of cost. Often the more expensive schools also offer more financial aid. But do keep in mind, if your financial aid award includes loans, any money you borrow must be repaid.

What do you want to study? Do you have a specific subject in mind, like art or music, or do you want a more general education?  Do you want a range of potential majors and study programs?  Are you interested in a career that requires professional certification, and does that school provide the necessary training?  Do you want to take advantage of special programs, like study abroad and internships?

Admission Requirements:
What does the school require for admission?  What does the school look for in prospective students?  And what are your chances of being accepted?

Quality of Education:
How much contact do you want with your professors?  How much does it matter to you whether professors or graduate students teach your courses?  How involved do you want to be in research and in learning outside of the classroom?

How large or small a school you want?  Do you prefer large lectures with hundreds of students or small classes with lots of student participation?  Do you want to be on a big campus with many majors, an impressive library, and lots to do?  Or would you prefer a small college where you know everyone’s name?

Campus Security:
What’s the local community like?  How safe are the campus and surrounding neighborhoods?

In addition to these and others you come up with, you might also want to consider:

  • Percentage of applicants accepted
  • Average test scores of the student
  • Job placement services

Housing and resources:
If you plan to live on-campus, make sure you check out the quality of dorm life.  Find out if housing is guaranteed for returning students.  And don’t forget to check on the meal plan – can the school provide for special diet needs?

Does the school offer intramural and varsity sports?  How are the sports facilities.

Attend College Nights and Fairs: College nights are especially helpful if you're unable to visit all the schools that interest you.
These events provide an excellent opportunity to talk to many college representatives and gather information. High school counselors know when and where these events are scheduled.

Often those staffing the booths at college fairs are current students or recent graduates. So, have questions prepared about student life, etc.

To make the most of this event, plan ahead. Here are a few tips:

  • Find out which colleges will be represented.
  • Decide which colleges interest you.
  • Prepare a short list of questions.
  • Dress appropriately—make a good impression.
  • Take notes before moving to the next table.
  • Gather brochures and business cards. Allow time to browse.

College Application & Essay:

The college application essay is a chance to explain yourself, to open your personality, charm, talents, vision and spirit to the admissions committee. It’s a chance to show you can think about things and that you can write clearly about your thoughts. Don’t let the chance disappear. Stand up straight and believe in yourself!

The “YOU” question:
Many colleges ask for an essay that boils down to “tell us about yourself.” The school just wants to know you better and see how you’ll introduce yourself. For example:

  • “Please complete a one-page personal statement and submit it with your application.”
  • How would you describe yourself as a human being? What quality do you like best in yourself and what do you like least? What quality would you most like to see flourish and which would you like to see wither?”

Your Approach:
This direct question offers a chance to reveal your personality, insight and commitment. The danger is that it’s open-ended, so you need to focus. Find just one or two things that will reveal your best qualities, and avoid the urge to spill everything.

Friday, 13 August 2010 14:41

Senior College Timeline


  • Start narrowing down your college choices and/or career ideas.
  • Talk with teachers, your counselor, and admissions officers.
  • Give recommendation forms/resumes to your counselor and/or teachers EARLY and explain your plans to them.
  • Obtain and review college catalogs, admissions, and financial aid materials.
  • Begin to investigate which Financial Aid Applications are required at which Colleges.  Some colleges have multiple financial aid forms & deadlines.
  • Take the Oct SAT exam.  Check the registration deadline dates for the Nov and Dec SATs.  Do you need to take the SAT Subject tests?
  • Register online at and check and read all messages on your account.
  • Visit as many colleges as possible with your parents/guardians and investigate early decision programs. Pay close attention to admission requirements.
  • Review your transcript with your counselor.


  • Start gathering applications and thinking about application essays. Be creative and informative. Utilize online applications as required by schools.
  • Continue to research colleges and majors online using and the college websites.
  • Continue to visit colleges.
  • Research scholarship applications on-line and with Mr. Zervas (Scholarship Coordinator).
  • Discuss possible military options with recruiters, if interested.
  • If you are applying to an “early decision program,” applications are due this month.
  • If necessary, retake the MCAS exam.


  • Complete applications. MEET ALL DEADLINES.
  • Request that the Guidance Office forward transcripts to schools for which you Applied. Transcript requests must be made in writing using a form available in guidance.
  • Arrange for any necessary interviews. 
  • Obtain and prepare specific college financial aid forms, if necessary.


  • The January SAT is the LAST CHANCE to take the SAT for many colleges.
  • Complete scholarship applications.
  • Be sure that all colleges have received complete applications. If you are not sure, follow up with a phone call to the Admissions Office.


  • Keep up with your classes and enjoy your activities. Think about career and college choices, but ENJOY your senior year.
  • Explore the colleges you have applied to as thoroughly as possible.
  • ATTEND FINANCIAL AID NIGHT WITH YOUR PARENTS on 1/25/12 by registering at : CLICK REGISTER NOW and sign up for our school's event - Wakefield (Northeast Metro Tech High School)
  • Sign up for PIN through  at or when you register for FAFSA DAY.
  • Submit federal financial aid form through FAFSA


  • Decision letters arrive – your hard work has paid off!  Meet with your counselor to finalize your plans.
  • Take advantage of visitation programs.  Ask questions so that you can make informed decisions.  Reply to colleges. Make acceptance deposit as required.
  • Follow up on financial aid packages if you are uncertain or unsatisfied.


  • Keep your counselor informed of your acceptances, decisions and scholarship awards.


Friday, 13 August 2010 14:40

ACT Information

 ACT test information and online registration is available at

A limited number of fee waivers are available for students who receive free or reduced lunch. These waivers are distributed on a first come basis.

Friday, 13 August 2010 14:19

SAT Information

SAT test information and online registration is available at

A limited number of fee waivers are available for students who receive free or reduced lunch.  These waivers are distributed on a first come basis.

All students are encouraged sophomore year to create a account in the Career Center and to start utilizing the college research and free study materials on that site.  The majority of our students already have an existing account which should streamline the process of registering for the tests. Parents should check with their students prior to opening a duplicate account.  Test results are posted on-line and students can compare their scores to admissions requirements for individual schools.


Juniors Class of 2017

It is recommended that college-bound Juniors planning on going to four-year colleges take the SATs this Spring. The cost is $54.50 to take the test (SAT with Essay).

The SATs are offered on Saturday, May 7th and Saturday, June 4th (senior graduation at NE is the night before this test date).

Please make sure before you register online that you check your calendar and pick the correct testing day. The June testing date is the day after our graduation and may be a graduation date in some of your towns. [Should you register for the SATs and have to change the date or location you will be charged a $28.00 fee by the testing board which you can only pay online by debit or credit card.]

Logon to with your Northeast Username and Password
Answer all questions, at least those with a red *
Say “No” to having a Fee Waiver even if you are eligible just to get to the photo page and upload your picture – you are not going to pay by debit/credit if on fee waiver – we just need to get this far - see ******
Continue and chose a test date and location
Upload your picture
Pay by Debit or Credit Card ******* or If you are on FREE or REDUCED LUNCH – stop there – save your work and see Ms. Mills IMMEDIATELY for a WAIVER- DO NOT PAY IF YOU ARE ON FREE OR REDUCED LUNCH

PRINT OUT YOUR TICKET and check what you must bring for testing day – including 2 official IDs and a graphing or scientific calculator. It is your responsibility to read the 2nd page of your admission ticket and bring the necessary items.


Friday, 13 August 2010 14:18

PSAT Information

The PSATs are given at Northeast to our juniors during October of each year on a date chosen by the College Board.

The test fee is payable in cash. A limited number of fee waiver vouchers are available on a first come first serve basis for students who receive free or reduced lunch.


Space is limited.

Results are mailed to Northeast in December. Counselors meet with students to distribute testing results, explain test scores, and discuss options for SAT study plans.

Friday, 13 August 2010 14:02

Deadlines / College Application Process

What To Do and When To Do It – Junior School Year


  • TAKE PSATs: Offered in October at Northeast Metro Tech (Northeast school code: 222171)
  • MCAS: The next administration of the MCAS exam begins in November. MCAS enrichment classes are required for all students who have not passed the English, Math and Science sections of the MCAS Exam. Students are also encouraged to access “” from their home computers for additional MCAS practice.
  • Keep up your grades
  • Take the SAT Prep tests on


TAKE SATs: SAT I scores are required for consideration at all public four-year colleges (State Colleges and all University of Massachusetts institutions), as well as most private four-year colleges.  While two-year, community colleges and junior colleges usually do not require SAT scores, All STUDENTS considering applying to colleges are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to take a Spring and Fall SAT exam.  Registration materials and practice exams are available in guidance or your student may register on-line at (Northeast school code: 222171).

  • ACTs/Subject Tests: Some four-year colleges require students to take the ACT and/or the SAT Subject Tests in addition to the SAT I exam.  Students should review each school’s requirements carefully.  If this exam is required, students may access register for the ACT at

Junior and Senior Year

Log on to the sites Northeast provides for our students to do college and career planning: (your student has an account already set up which will save all their career/college searches and research).

Identify colleges you might want to learn more about.

Some (not all) questions to consider:
  • Do you meet the requirements for state schools? Do you want to go full time, part-time?
  • Do you have an idea what you would like to study – It’s OK IF YOU DON’T YET!
  • Do you want to live at home? Can you afford to live at school and if so, how far away do you want to go?
  • Make an appointment with your counselor to help you figure this out!

Check college websites and download / request the following:

  • Admissions and course catalogs, application, schedule for guided tours, financial aid information
  • Start narrowing down your college choices and/or career ideas.
  • Talk with teachers, your counselor, and admissions officers.    
  • Start gathering applications and thinking about application essays.  Be creative and informative.
  • Arrange for any necessary interviews.
Friday, 13 August 2010 16:29

Educational Proficiency Plan

Attached is information about the Educational Proficiency Plan

Educational Proficiency Plan

Sample Educational Proficiency Plan Letter

Friday, 13 August 2010 14:51

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

All subjects must be passed during the senior year to graduate.
All seniors must have completed all work and have a passing grade by senior release day.

All students must pass the 10th grade MCAS examination in the areas of English, Math and Science in accordance with State of Massachusetts standards, as established by the Mass Department of Education, as a prerequisite for receipt of a Northeast Metro Tech High School Diploma and Vocational Certificate.

All seniors are required to complete/pass the senior/junior project prior to graduation. Grades for junior/senior project submitted by related teacher to Vocational Coordinator and Principal as graduation requirements.  


 (190 of 200 Credits)




ENGLISH 4 Years of English 20
MATH 4 Yrs of Math 20
SCIENCE 3 Years of Science 15
SOCIAL STUDIES 2 Years of Social Studies 8
  Must pass US History  
EXPLORATORY  Grade 9 Voc Exploratory 21
  Vocational Term 4  4
RELATED 3 Years of Related 15
SHOP 3 Years of Shop 70
  Total 190
Friday, 13 August 2010 14:53

Junior/Senior Project

Junior/Senior Project Graduation Requirement

The Junior – Senior Project will begin in the Junior year and finish in the Senior year. This Project will consist of 3 Required Parts:

  • Research Document
  • Physical Product (specific to each career tech area)
  • Oral Presentation
    These Projects will be overseen by the related instructor. The academic instructors will also be involved in the instruction and grading process.

To view the Junior/Senior Project Timeline, visit the link below:

Jr/ Sr Project Timeline 



The United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration defines apprenticeship as “a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction in which workers learn the practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation.”

The word practical would imply the “hand-on” learning of the trade, whereas the “theoretical aspects” could be defined as learning the why and the how of the trade combining your classroom work in science, technology, and mathematics.

These are three important reasons that you should consider going into an apprenticeship:

  • Completing an approved apprenticeship program (or apprenticing under a Licensed Master) is the only way that you are able to become licensed in most states.
  • An apprenticeship offers you the opportunity to learn all of the aspects of a trade and have the guidance of an expert in the field.
  • By completing the apprenticeship program and then passing the examination, you will have a greater than average chance of earning a salary comparable to and the possibility higher than those of college graduates.
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