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2017-18 Back to School Information

Dear Student,


I am excited that you are going to be attending a class at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies.  Programs at the Center are designed to promote creative and innovative thinking and to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful upon your completion of high school.  You will find your experiences at the Center to be among the most challenging and rewarding in your educational career.


Classes at the Center are double blocked.  The morning instructional block begins at 8:40 and ends at 11:40. The afternoon instructional block begins at 12:30 and ends at 3:30.  On Wednesdays, morning classes begin at 9:40 and end at 11:45.  Afternoon classes on Wednesday begin at 1:10 and end at 3:30.  The Center does NOT offer the opportunity to recapture absences.  It is important that you attend each class meeting and provide an excuse for any missed classes. Credit will be denied for excessive unexcused absences.


On the first day of school, August 23, all students are to report to the Home School for a morning assembly.  Morning A day classes at the Center will begin on August 25.  Afternoon A day classes will begin on August 23, and all B day classes will begin on August 24.


Transportation to and from the Center is provided by School District Five.  Your home school will provide you with information regarding the bus pickup and drop-off location.  The Center administration and your home school administration recommend that you take advantage of district provided transportation. Missing the bus to the Center will result in an unexcused absence. If you prefer to drive to the Center, you must have a parking permit at your home school.  Student drivers with excessive tardiness will be required to ride the District provided bus. The parental permission form to drive to the Center can be found on the Center’s website.


A fee of $50.00 per credit hour ($100.00 for the year) is charged for each course.  This fee will appear on your schedule.  Fees help with the expenses of consumable materials used during instruction. If necessary, we will work with you to develop a plan to help you pay the required fee.


Each program at the Center has specific dress requirements designed to meet employment standards and to ensure your safety.  These requirements will be shared with you by your instructor.  All students must wear shoes that completely cover the toes and heel at all times.  The Center staff and administration expect all students to adhere to the School District Five dress code.


Each program at the Center has specific safety procedures which your instructor will review with you.  These procedures are designed to protect the student from injury and also to ensure the proper use and care of equipment.  Students are expected to adhere to safety procedures at all times.  Failure to follow safety procedures will result in removal from programs at the Center. All students must have insurance coverage.  If you are not covered under your parent/guardian plan, you may purchase student insurance at your homeschool. 


The Center provides multiple opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities.  Each Career and Technology Student Organization (CTSO) emphasizes the development of leadership and communication skills.  CTSOs provide opportunities for students to compete in regional, state, and national competitions.  Students participating in CTSOs interact with future employers, share in community service projects, and have the opportunity to earn scholarships.  A list of CTSOs will be provided by your instructor.  I encourage you to strongly consider participating in a Student Organization at the Center.


Students in the second year of a Center program are expected to complete a capstone project.  The capstone project is a culminating experience designed to encourage students to integrate personal interests, classroom learning, and outside of school experiences in a product or demonstration that is presented to a public audience.  The capstone project is evidence of significant learning and may be used as the subject of admissions essays, employment interviews, and scholarship applications. I encourage you to begin thinking of potential projects.  Your instructor will review with you the specifics for capstone projects in your program.


Many programs at the Center offer the opportunity to earn industry certifications which are advantageous when seeking employment.  Industry certification is based on student performance on an end of program assessment. Some programs at the Center offer the opportunity to earn dual credit.  Dual credit weighting is awarded upon completion of the course IF the required course grade and test score are met.  Your instructor will inform you if industry certification or dual credit weighting is available in your program.


Our goal at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies is to ensure your college and career readiness.  Whatever path you choose to follow upon completion of high school, we are dedicated to preparing you for a successful transition and a productive future.  Our motto is “creating the future by challenging the impossible.”  We encourage you to dream of what the future can be and work to make your ideas become tangible. 


I look forward to meeting you personally at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies.



Harry A. Gates



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