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Worcester Technical High School

Public | 9-12 & ungraded | 1366 students

 

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Posted April 29, 2014

My school is the best school in the city of Worcester. It has the most dedicated teachers & the principal was even voted 2013 Principal of the year. It won the U.S. Dept. blue ribbon award for academic excellence. Colin Powell took a tour of the school And Barack Obama is going to be the commencement speaker at the 2014 graduation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2013

Worcester Tech should get a higher score than a THREE. The principal got a national award and it won a blue ribbon for education. I don't think this "false information" should be shown to people. At least keep your stats updated.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2012

over all this school had thier head placed right, they worked with you til you got it.. no matter what skipping school or classes spending all your time with Mr.Fails they made sure i graduated, no matter what trouble you cause you either got worked with or kicked out.. I was bad but i was apart of the Drama commitee, Prom, student council, Getting Talent Shows up, Getting things to hype The School.. as much as I hated to go to school for academic I was alway in school on shop week, It wouldnt of been the same if I went to a Public High School Graphic's Taught me alot in designing having a creative mind and Professionalism . you realize all those four years paid off even if you went to work in your trade or not you had something apart of that school. The Best part was no one was judge on shop week you looked alike dressed alike.. academic week was quit different but you were either with it or not. Best Four yeas of my life && it took not even two months to realize high school was over now to a better life had three jobs and went to two school after it three different trades that were alike in every way.. so Voke was b far better in different divisons -2010"
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2009

I am a former student, and will all due respect to the previous student who submitted that interesting review, I cannot agree with you. I am for the Glory of God in Worcester Polytechnic Institute from Worcester Tech, and although I will admit that the math preparation could have been organized better, I would not trade my Telecommunications education for anything. I commend Worcester Tech for that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2008

This school does not live up to its hype at all. The school itself is an environmental travesty relying on old forms of technolog to power it. The learning experience has been the lowest of concerns with art and design of the school taking focus. The building is an improvement however from a majority of the students perspective it a big waste of money.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 10, 2008

I believe this school is an ideal one. It combines the hard work of learning a trade, with the normal Worcester Public Schools curriculum that the rest of the city uses. This school stresses very much the importance of MCAS scores. An English teacher even recorded a song that is played in the morning to help remind students of how to properly answer open response questions. Also, most of the teachers take advantage of the technology at hand for lessons and always have a 'plan B', if the technology fails. The teachers at this school usually try to relate lessons to students' specific technical areas. We do many intergration projects for our subjects that also count for grades for our trade. The students in this school have to do the average course work in half the time (even honors and advanced placement courses)!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2008

This school is very nice. My son loves this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

When i went there it was my freshmen year and i absoutley loved it there. The only bad thing is that you might not get the trade that you want. If you do want it the you have do very well in that shop as well as your academics.If it was up to me i would still be there. But my parents decided to move to upstate new york. I love this school. When im older im going to send my kids there for there whole high school years.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2007

The best high school in the world...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

I am a current Student at Worcester Tech and I believe the school is doing a wonderful job
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 6, 2007

I love this school because I go here and its great. The teachers are nice and the students are too. We learn just as fast as a regular high school maybe even faster. We even get a trade. It's great here.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 1, 2006

I love this school. My second son is there now, my first graduated 3rd in the class.and my two others will also go to a vocational school.. They get the same MCAS as every other school and kids DO go onto college from there..They also have honors classes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2006

Worcester Tech High School is the best school in Mass. The teachers here work one on one with the students when they dont understand the assignment or just can not concintrate. I love this school and im glad i came here and no where else.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 6, 2006

Worcester Voke is the best school in Worcester mostly because of it's teachers, they teach you respect, respect for yourself and most of all they teach you about how to get ahead in life. Thank you Mr.Fails.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 2, 2006

I would have to say this school is a major dissapointment to me. No one gets along. This school isnt very good in my eyes at all. I think that they need to shape up before I woould ever send my kid there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 15, 2005

Thank you so much teachers at Worcester Vocational High School. You helped my daughter more than enough to get her across the stage in June 2005. Thanks so much for EVERYTHING.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2005

Worcester Vocational High is the best school. We are taught very well including disipline. We get our education and also a trade not something everyone that has graduated high school can say. Kids at the school are great and you can make a lot of friends there and have lots of fun! At our school we have great teachers that will do anything to help there students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 15, 2004

Thank you Worcester Voke!!! My daughter graduated 2004. The faculty at this school is great. They go above and many times, beyond the call of duty. The students have great school spirit and any time I've visited, they were very respectful. Worcester Vocational HS not only teaches academics and a vocation, but also teaches the students respect for others as well as themselves. Bravo!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2003

My child has a great time at this school and it gives them an even better education because they learn a trade and still have to keep up there academics


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

353 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

354 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

351 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
African American85%
Asian94%
Hispanic92%
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White94%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
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Students with disabilities61%
English language learners70%

Math

All Students84%
Female81%
Male86%
African American72%
Asian90%
Hispanic84%
Multiracialn/a
White86%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities33%
English language learners50%

Science

All Students59%
Female49%
Male69%
African American59%
Asian62%
Hispanic47%
Multiracialn/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities26%
English language learners15%
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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

335 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students57%
Female56%
Male60%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Multiracial20%
White67%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities13%
English language learners19%

Chemistry

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Introductory Physics

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English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
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Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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50%
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26%
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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

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SAT participation

57%

Average SAT score

1249

Graduation rate

96%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 48% 67%
Hispanic 35% 16%
Black 10% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 6%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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  • (508) 799-1933

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  • Technology

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  • Library
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  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer

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Performing arts
  • Drama
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1 Skyline Dr
Worcester, MA 01605
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