About

Upper Cape Tech is a regional school district in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  For more than thirty years, high school students and adults seeking continuing education from the towns of Bourne, Falmouth, Marion, Sandwich, and Wareham have turned to their Tech for quality educational opportunities. Our school is located in the town of Bourne, and overlooks the Cape Cod Canal and the Bourne Bridge.

Our programs are designed to teach skills that will help students succeed in the 21st century workplace.  Upper Cape Tech is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Mission

The mission of Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School is to educate a diverse student population in order to actualize their personal, social, academic, and technical potential within a collegial learning community.

Vision

Our vision is that Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School graduates will be personal and professional role models in the workplace, post-secondary schools, and in their communities.

Philosophy

The Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School is committed to the development of self-reliant, responsible, lifelong learners capable of successfully competing in a rapidly changing technological world. Administration, faculty, and staff have the responsibility of educating the whole student by preparing graduates who know how to think, lead healthy lives, behave ethically, and assume the responsibility of citizenship in the pluralistic society in which we live and work.

We are committed to preparing students who enter the workforce prepared for change, with employability skills that can be transferred and adapted as technology advances. We must equip students to be able to find answers to questions that have not yet been asked. We adhere to the philosophy of intensive occupationally specific instruction integrated with strong academic preparation. These high standards will enable students to realize their lifelong employment and educational goals.

We recognize our responsibility to the communities we serve by providing quality equal opportunity post-secondary programs to educate and retrain workers in preparation for the challenges of the 21st century. Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School addresses the ancillary needs of our communities by providing services and facilities to business, labor, public service, and recreational organizations.

Success in fulfilling our goals is contingent on a sufficient and qualified multicultural staff and on policies that foster professional development and a positive work environment. We believe open communication and participation with all segments of the school and the community will create an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation necessary for successful teaching and learning.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Strengthen academic and technical knowledge and inspire excellence.
    • Develop the technical skills necessary to pass career/technical certifications.
    • Broaden students’ intellectual and occupational capabilities.
    • Provide academically challenging courses to prepare students for success in realizing their post-secondary educational goals.
    • Provide integrated and applied programs, which connect academic and technical experience to the real world.
    • Provide practical work and relevant cooperative work experiences.
    • Provide occupational counseling based on student capabilities and the needs of industry.
    • Prepare students to transition from school to work.
    • Develop partnerships with local employers to accommodate current and projected trends in technical training equipment.
    • Ensure that all students receive the necessary curriculum to pass mandated state tests.
    • Ensure that the curriculum is rigorous, relevant, and aligns with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
    • Instruct and assess students in multiple formats to provide all students the opportunity to master technical and academic content.
  2. Develop intellectual curiosity, logical judgment, and critical thinking skills.
    • Develop habits of logical analysis and critical judgment.
    • Encourage desire for independent thought.
    • Promote curriculum that emphasizes higher order thinking and problem solving skills.
    • Encourage commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.
    • Create opportunities for students to explore, analyze, understand, and evaluate.
  3. Create an environment that supports concern for the welfare of all students and their right to learn.
    • Provide a safe and comfortable environment conducive to learning.
    • Provide on-going effective communication with sending schools and their communities.
    • Create a school climate that inspires each student to reach his or her full potential.
    • Provide an atmosphere where a student can learn and know the rewards of work.
    • Ensure that no student is excluded from any course, activity, service, or resource available in the school on account of disability, race, color, gender, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.
    • Encourage students who have chosen non-traditional career paths to support each other and address mutual concerns.
  4. Develop each student’s maximum potential.
    • Treat students as individuals and provide diversification within the school’s instructional programs that allow for individual differences.
    • Accommodate various learning styles through competency based education and creative teaching techniques.
    • Coordinate a career exploratory program that supports a realistic occupational placement for all students.
    • Develop pride in workmanship that enhances the student’s employment potential.
    • Provide support services appropriate to the individual’s needs and learning abilities.
  5. Provide students with skills that can be applied to current and future technologies and enable them to adapt to change.
  6. Promote personal development and citizenship.
    • Promote global awareness and respect for diverse cultures and philosophies.
    • Give students an opportunity to develop their physical capabilities, sense of fair play, and sportsmanship.
    • Develop social awareness and ethical conduct.
    • Promote an awareness of the rights and responsibilities of good citizenship.
    • Encourage students to work cooperatively and respect others and their differences.
    • Equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to resolve conflict.
    • Create an appreciation for environmental concerns and the need for conservation and protection.
    • Prepare students to build strong relationships at home, school, with employers, and within their local communities.
  7. Create and support professional and staff development.
    • Strive for multicultural balance that mirrors the ethnic composition of our student population.
    • Encourage staff to upgrade skills, knowledge, and attitudes.
    • Provide training and professional development opportunities applicable to curriculum evaluation and revision.
    • Encourage staff to utilize emerging technologies in their teaching and learning environments.

Nine Purposes of the High School*

  • High School is, above all else, a learning community and each school must commit itself to expecting demonstrated student achievement in accord with nationally recognized standards.
  • High School must function as a transitional experience, preparing each student for the next stage of life, whatever it may be for that individual, with the understanding that, ultimately, each person needs to earn a living.
  • High School should be a gateway to multiple options
  • High School must prepare each student to be a lifelong learner.
  • High School must provide an underpinning for good citizenship and for full participation in the life of a democracy.
  • High School must play a role in the personal development of young people as social beings who have needs beyond those that are strictly academic.
  • High School must lay a foundation for students to be able to participate comfortably in an increasingly technological society.
  • High School must equip young people for life in a country and a world in which interdependency will link their destiny to that of others however different those others may be from them.
  • High School should be an institution that unabashedly advocates on behalf of young people.

*A Report of the National Association of Secondary School Principals on the High School of the 21st Century.

Equal Educational Opportunity

Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School admits students and makes available to them high school advantages, privileges, and courses of study without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, handicap, or sexual orientation.

To the extent provided by law, no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under, any program or activity sponsored or conducted by Upper Cape Tech, on the basis of race, color, ancestry, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.