Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District is a student-centered institution and the home to the Rams. We serve the five towns of Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Tewksbury, and Wilmington. With a student population of more than 1300 students, we offer 21 vocational career pathways, twenty-two varsity sports programs, and a variety of student club organizations. In the fall of 2011, Shawsheen Tech will expand our technical program offerings in a new life science wing. The wing will house medical laboratory technician, health assisting and dental assisting. Shawsheen Tech prides itself in its teaching and support staff. Comprised of nearly 200 individuals, the staff share the same common goal of student success. These individuals are steadfast in their tireless efforts contributing to our incredible daily attendance, graduation and MCAS percentages. Shawsheen Tech holds its mission statement and philosophy at the forefront to create a positive, safe learning environment and school culture that represents respect for the vocational learning experience.
Mission and Philosophy
At Shawsheen Valley Technical High School, it is our mission to provide a positive learning experience in a safe educational environment that encourages all students to reach their full potential, emphasizes the value of a strong work ethic, and prepares them for adult life in a competitive world.
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School provides rich and varied opportunities for students to demonstrate growth and achievement by delivering the highest level of academic and vocational/technical education. The Shawsheen experience leaves students with an understanding that education is a lifelong, continuous process with many paths to a successful and fulfilling adult life. Recognizing that each student is driven by his or her own unique talents and interests, we offer meaningful vocational instruction that models current industry standards and instills positive occupational and critical thinking skills. With diversity and equality in mind, we encourage non-traditional shop selection and placement. The implementation of rigorous academic programs further supports our goal to deliver a comprehensive educational experience. Shawsheen graduates are poised to succeed in industry and post-secondary education.
Through relevant curriculum, exploration, skill building, and authentic community-based experiences, Shawsheen Valley Technical High School students learn to make informed career choices. Students also learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and value our diverse world, culminating in co-operative employment. Valued traits like problem-solving, time management, and consistent attendance, are among principles we reinforce with students. We continually celebrate student achievement and offer diverse opportunities for students of varying abilities to demonstrate their skills. We recognize the need to assess the varying abilities and capacities of students and adjust innovatively to accommodate those differences.
Shawsheen Valley Technical High School maintains a highly trained faculty and staff who model professional careers and behaviors and engage in professional development opportunities provided by the district. Educators collaborate with industry leaders, advisors, and each other to create a career and technical high school that exceeds national standards and welcomes global competition, while prioritizing our commitment to the regional community. We foster a mutually beneficial relationship between our students and that community, and the district provides resources to support this mission.