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Applying to PTECH programs

The application period for the 2017-18 freshmen class has closed.

If you will be an eighth-grader in 2017-18 in one of the participating HFM component districts, you are invited to apply  to the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Pathways in Technology Early College High School (HFM PTECH) and the HFM Agricultural PTECH beginning in December 2017.

Both schools are committed to enrolling a diverse student population reflective of the geographic area served by HFM BOCES.

The deadline for the student portion of the 2018-19 school year application will be in mid-February.

If you are unable to complete the application online, please see your guidance counselor, or call the PTECH school to which you are interested in applying. PTECH can be reached at 518-762-9119, and Agriculture PTECH can be reached at 518-568-7023.

Eligible students

Because of the way the curriculum is structured to allow for acceleration into college courses, only current eighth-graders are eligible to apply to PTECH, and students must enter the program their freshman year of high school.

To be eligible to apply to either PTECH school, students must currently be enrolled in school at a participating district and pass the eighth grade.

Each of the following school districts has slots reserved at PTECH based on their student enrollment.

  • Greater Amsterdam School District
  • Broadalbin-Perth School District
  • Canajoharie Central School District
  • Edinburg Common School District
  • Fonda-Fultonville Central School District
  • Fort Plain Central School District
  • Gloversville Enlarged School District
  • Greater Johnstown School District
  • Lake Pleasant Central District
  • Mayfield Central School District
  • Northville Central School District
  • Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School
  • Wells Central School District
  • Wheelerville Union Free School District

Application requirements

The application process involves getting recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors, along with completing an online application that includes a written statement and a form parents fill out. Applicants also will participate in an interview session.

Students must:

  • Meet with their school counselor to discuss the program and their application.
  • Attend the informational open house on at the school to which they are applying.
  • Complete the all the requirements of the online application form no later than February 16.

Selection and wait-list process

Completed applications that are received by the deadline will be evaluated by the Application and Recruitment Team.
Selected students are required to attend a “Summer Bridge” program for incoming freshmen

Students who meet the requirements but who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list for their school. Should a slot become available before the start of the school year, it will be offered to a student from the waiting list for that school. If all the available slots for a particular school are not filled, a lottery will be held among students on the waiting lists for all the component school districts.

Important events and dates

Open houses

Prospective students must attend the information session at the school to which they are applying.

February 1, 2017

HFM PTECH: The parent-student open house will be held at PTECH, 305 Jansen Ave., Johnstown, NY 12095.Two sessions, starting at 5:30 and 7 p.m. An introduction to PTECH will be followed by a tour of the school.

February 6, 2017

HFM Agriculture PTECH: The parent-student open house will be at 7 p.m. at Ag PTECH, 61 Monroe St., St. Johnsville, NY 13452. An introduction to Ag PTECH will be followed by a tour of the school.

Application deadlines

February 10, 2017

Recommendations from teachers and guidance counselors due.

February 16, 2017

Student applications due. All required portions of the online application must be completed by this date.

March 2017

Student interviews scheduled at schools.

Application Review Committee meets.

April 7, 2017

Acceptance and wait-list letters mailed home.