(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the administration of Shawsheen Tech.)
Charles Lyons doesn’t have many bad days at the office as Superintendent/Director of Shawsheen Valley Technical High School.
After all, Shawsheen Tech is consistently one of the state’s best as far as academics, athletics and extra- curricular activities and its students aren’t shy about enjoying it with a daily attendance rate that is unrivaled.
But Lyons admits that one bad day that he suffers annually is the one after the deadline to apply to admittance into the school has passed, when hopeful students discover the bad news that they have been placed on a waiting list to get into Shawsheen Tech. This year’s deadline to apply is February 1.
“We’re trying to do everything we can so I don’t get that call on February 2,” said Lyons. “I’m concerned. I want to make sure students of hard-working single parents in particular, are aware of that deadline. A lot of students would benefit from Shawsheen.”
A lot of students already do as a majority of the school’s graduates attend college or jump right into the workforce well equipped thanks to Shawsheen’s state-of-the-art facilities, its faculty and its cooperative education program.
“We want parents aware of the deadline,” Lyons said. “We don’t want those students missing it because if you don’t apply by the deadline, you are not going to get in.”
Lyons said the application to Shawsheen Tech is available several ways, from driving to the school to pick one up, from getting one at a local middle school or going to the Shawsheen Tech website (shawsheentech.org). The school is also hosting an open house on January 23, a career night for eighth graders that live in Shawsheen’s participating communities.
“Applications can be filled out there on the spot,” said Director of Guidance and Admissions Christina Palmer. “The open house is an opportunity to go into the shops and actually get to do things that students at Shawsheen Tech do. The coaches and academic teachers are also there.”
More than 500 people attended Shawsheen’s first open house of the year in November.
Palmer admits that more than 100 potential students sent in late applications last year and were placed onto a lengthy waiting list, almost eliminating any chance of being accepted considering that more than 600 applicants were on time for just 350 spots.
“If you don’t apply, you don’t have any options,” Palmer said. “This is a really important time for parents of eighth graders that are on the fence about where to send their child.”