The Career Technical and Agricultural Education experience at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School is comprised of 25 program offerings. These programs are divided into two academies to better serve students needs.
Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School is an inclusive school where diversities of all types, including learning differences, are respected and embraced. We recognize that all students have individual learning needs. Our instruction is designed to provide all learners with access to our curricula. Our District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) describes accommodations that are available for all students.
Grade 9 Career Discovery & Exploratory Program:
The Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School Grade 9 Career Discovery and Exploratory Program is designed to enhance the students’ experience during his/her first year. Such an experience peaks the students ‘ awareness of the vast career and technical learning opportunities offered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School and beyond. The Career Discovery provides students with an opportunity to be intellectually curious as they learn through exposure to all our twenty-five career and technical program fields of study. During the Exploratory Program, Grade 9 students participate in seven career technical programs* for one cycle each to acquire a deeper understanding of the curriculum available to them as students and learn about the career pathways available to them as life-long learners after graduating from Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School. Students are fully engaged as active participants in their Exploratory learning experiences to better inform their CTE program placement decisions. The Admissions Policy approved by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical District School Committee further describes the Career Discovery and Exploratory Program.
*Students residing in the district’s 17 member communities are eligible to consider participating in any of the twenty-four (24) career technical programs offered at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School. Grade 9 students residing in communities beyond the district’s 17 member communities are only eligible to consider enrollment in the eight (8) specialized agricultural, natural resources and animal science programs during their tenure as students at Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School (Veterinary Science, Equine Science, Companion Animals, Environmental Technology, Natural Resources, Arboriculture, Sustainable Horticulture and Landscaping/Turf Management). For more information see the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Advisory (December 2015) below.
Advisory Committees for career/vocational technical education programs play an integral role in the development and implementation of our CTE programs. The committees are composed of a variety of constituents ranging from industry, parents, students, apprenticeships, and board members. The input these members provide are invaluable to the progressing trends of each field of study. Overall, the committees advise, assist, and support CTE programs in order to enhance planning and operation from budgets to cooperative education employment opportunities. Such advice is based on adequate and timely information as to workforce and job development demands or job market trends, technological developments, and other factors affecting the quality of the programs.