Due to the extenuating circumstances that existed in 2019-2020, the areas of attendance and academic record will only be scored for the period of time leading up to March 13, 2020. These two categories will not be scored from March 16, 2020 through June of 2020. Pass-Fail grades from 2019-2020 will not be utilized. A return to regular attendance and academic recording has been put back in place effective 2020-2021, per guidance from the Commissioner of Education, and will be utilized as part of the admissions process moving forward.

Statewide interest in a high school vocational-technical education is on the rise. Old Colony receives a large number of applications for a limited number of slots each year. Each applicant is evaluated based on grades, attendance, conduct, guidance counselor recommendation, and a personal interview. Click to view our Old Colony Viewbook.

How to apply to Old Colony

  1. Register online here.  Once you are registered, we can keep you informed as to where you are in the application process.
  2. Complete the online application.
  3. Fill out the application form completely.
  4. Your school will provide grades, attendance records, recommendations, and other relevant information.
  5. An interview will be scheduled for you with a member of the admissions team.
  6. Students who are accepted will be notified by email and mail.
  7. Some students will be placed on a waiting list, and will be notified if openings become available.

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School admits students without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, housing status, sexual orientation, limited English proficiency, or disability as defined and required by state and federal laws.


The following policy changes will become effective with the Class of 2022.

All ninth graders are exposed to an exploratory program that lasts eight weeks in duration. Each student rotates through eight of a total twelve vocational programs. Five exploratory shops are selected by the student. Additional shops are assigned by Old Colony based upon information from the interview process, parent input, exploration of a non-traditional shop, and shop availability. The rotations are such that each student is in each vocational area for approximately five days and no less than three days.

After the conclusion of the eight week exploratory phase, each of the ninth grade students completes a Vocational Program Selection sheet. At that time, each is asked to select the vocational shops of interest in rank order. The selections are made in order from 1st choice to 8th choice.

Program assignments are made based on the cumulative score that each student has earned during the exploratory phase in each of the eight areas of exploration. The Vocational grade average will account for 75% of the cumulative score. The related grade average will account for 25% of the cumulative score. Scores are calculated using the following criteria:

Students are evaluated by the instructors daily in related and in shop. Students may earn up to 100 points per day. An average is calculated for each exploratory. After completing the exploratory programs, an overall exploratory average will be calculated.

In addition to the grade averages, attendance and discipline are factored into the ranking score. Points are subtracted from the score for excessive unexcused absences, tardies/dismissals or excessive disciplinary infractions based upon the rubric below. For the purpose of this rubric, a disciplinary incident is defined by an event resulting in a write up with a consequence of a warning or detention.


0-3 days/tardies/dismissals      unexcused                  0 points deducted

4-6 days/tardies/dismissals      unexcused                  1 point deducted

7-9 days/tardies/dismissals      unexcused                  2 points deducted

9+ days/tardies/dismissals       unexcused                   5 points deducted


0-3 incidents                                                                               0 points deducted

4-6 incidents                                                                               1 point deducted

7-9 incidents                                                                               2 points deducted

9+ incidents or suspension                                                 5 points deducted

Once the ranking score has been determined, students are placed according to their choices. Once a program is filled, students are given their second choices, then third choices, etc. until all vocational programs are filled.

If students have ranking scores that do not qualify them for any of their choices, they are counseled and asked where they would like to be placed. They are allowed to choose any program that has a vacancy. These choices are, however, totally dependent on the ranking score.

All incoming tenth grade and transfer students are placed in vocational areas based on available space. The availability of vocational spots is a factor in accepting/placing these students. Transfer requests are accepted from all students as space allows. Students are encouraged to place their names on waiting lists. After enrolling, any transfer student may request that his/her name be added to an existing waiting list for a given program. Current Old Colony transfers will take priority over late acceptance transfers as space permits.

Click on the link to read the full Admissions Policy.