Sussex Technical High School Admissions Procedure (Synopsis)
The Sussex Technical School District strives for ‘Excellence in Technical, Career and Academic Education’ by offering exceptional educational opportunities, as a school of choice, for all students and their parents/guardians that seek enrollment at Sussex Technical High School. If applications for enrollment exceed capacity, the Sussex Technical School District will accept students in a transparent manner with a commitment to equal opportunity. To meet these goals, if completed 9th grade applications exceed available slots, a lottery shall be conducted. Such lottery shall provide an equal chance of acceptance for each completed application. When conducting the lottery, there shall be no preferences given and only one such lottery per year shall be conducted. This process will ensure that no preference is provided for gender, race, socio-economic status, educational needs, district of residence, extra-curricular participation or any other applicant characteristic. The random lottery shall determine the order of admission. For those completed applications that are not successful in gaining admission as a result of the lottery, their applications shall remain active and on the ‘waiting list’ according to the order selected during the lottery. After the lottery process has been conducted, any newly completed applications will be added to the end of the existing waiting list in the order received.
For an application to be considered complete and eligible for the lottery, the application must be received by the publicized due date, all required components of the submitted application must be complete and the application must include a first-quarter 8th grade report card confirming that the student is academically eligible for promotion according to the standards set by the Department of Education and that the student has not been suspended, expelled or been absent from school without a valid excuse for more than 15 school days during the most recent school year. Accepted applicants must provide final report cards, verifying academic eligibility for promotion according to the standards set by the Department of Education, by the prescribed deadline established by the Admission’s Office in order to maintain their acceptance. Also, for an applicant to maintain their position on the waiting list, the applicant must provide a report card, verifying continued academic eligibility for promotion according to the standards set by the Department of Education, by the prescribed deadlines established by the Admission’s Office.
The completed and eligible applications that shall be exempted from the lottery process and that shall be granted automatic acceptance are the following:
- Children of current Sussex Technical School District Board of Education Members and full-time district employees;
- Siblings of current students at Sussex Technical High School living in the same household during the lottery process.
Upper class applications shall not be subject to the lottery process, but shall be admitted based upon enrollment capacity and space availability in the requested Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program. Upper class applications shall also be subject to the academic eligibility for promotion according to the standards set by the Department of Education. While there shall be no automatic acceptance for upper class applications, preference may be granted for children of current Sussex Technical School District Board of Education Members and full-time district employees as well as Sussex Technical High School siblings.
Specific application deadlines, forms and other procedures shall be developed by the Superintendent and/or his/her designee to administer the applications process in accordance with the parameters established by the Sussex Technical School District Board of Education policy.
1st Monday in November: Begin accepting applications for the upcoming school year
2nd Wednesday in January*: Due date for completed applications to be eligible for lottery
Prior to March 5th: Students/Parents/Guardians notified of opportunity for enrollment (acceptance)
3rd Friday in March: Students/Parents/Guardians provides written acceptance or rejection of admissions offer
*Applications may be accepted after the 2nd Wednesday in January if ‘good cause’ exists, to fill remaining capacity/availability. Eligible good cause applications received after the 2nd Wednesday in January but prior to the district conducting a lottery shall be included in the lottery as if they had been received by the deadline. Eligible good cause applications received after the lottery has been conducted will be assigned to the next number on the waiting list. Admissions may be granted to those on the waiting list and to completed and eligible upper class applicants as needed to meet district capacity/enrollment targets.
Application procedures are in accordance with Delaware code Title 14 Chapter 4 and General Assembly 148 H.B. 100, monitored by the Delaware Department of Education.