MST - What They Bring to the High School Table?

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   The Manchester School of Technology is one of 22 regional career and technical centers and beginning in 2012 became the first competency-based four-year technical high school in the State of New Hampshire. Programs of study include trades such as carpentry, plumbing/HVAC, cosmetology, and automotive technology. Students also can choose pathways in culinary arts, video production, graphic design, early childhood education, and several others. A full description is available online at
While students from Manchester’s high schools and surrounding school districts can enroll in the two year technical pathways at MST, the four-year high school model offers a unique and innovative student learning experience providing rigorous academics in combination with career and technical education (CTE) classes.
Students in MST-High School must be from Manchester and are selected from a lottery after submitting an application as an 8th grader. At MST-High School, students earn credits by meeting competencies in each course. English and Social Studies at MST-HS are taught together as Humanities. CTE programs count as elective credits.
Some students may graduate with a diploma in as few as three years, while other students may be enrolled for up to five years as part of an “early college” model. This can be accomplished through learning opportunities where students will attain a greater portion of their academics directly in the CTE program through application and project-based learning. This will lead to field experience, job shadowing, internships, and early college credit as they are deemed proficient to move into these settings by their teams of teachers.
Manchester Adult and Community Learning provides multiple opportunities for high school credit recovery, earning an adult high school diploma, and post-secondary enrichment.

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