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Applying to PTECH

The application period for the 2020-2021 freshmen class is now open.

HFM PTECH is committed to enrolling a diverse student population reflective of the geographic area served by HFM BOCES.

Access the online application here.

The application process is all online and includes:

  • Student’s information
  • A personal statement (250 word minimum)
  • Counselor recommendation
  • Teacher recommendation
  • Parent form

2020-21 school year student enrollment timeline

Please note that because of the school closures related to COVID-19, the timeline outlined below will need to be adjusted. Please check back frequently, as updates on deadlines, shadowing opportunities, and acceptance letters will be posted here as they become available. In the meantime, students who have interest in the HFM PTECH program are encouraged to complete the online application. Completing the application is not considered a commitment to the program.

  • PTECH informational visits to component schools: Feb. 3-14
  • The Prospective Student Night set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, will be a “virtual” meeting. Those who were not able to attend the March 10 meeting at Jansen Avenue School are highly encouraged to tune in. You will be able to access the meeting through HFM PTECH’s Facebook page and via a link that that will be posted here and emailed to all prospective students who have begun an online application. (The link to the online meeting will be posted here at least 48 hours before the meeting.) Attendees of this virtual meeting will get an overview of the PTECH program and will have the opportunity to ask questions.
  • Applications due March 27 (extended to ensure students from all school districts have an opportunity to shadow and interview prior to the deadline)
  • Applicants visit PTECH schools (shadowing/interviews): Feb. 24-March 26
  • Application Review Committee meets week of March 30
  • Students/districts notified of acceptance by mid-April

See below for more information about the application process.

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 is an HFM BOCES component district and can send students to the PTECH schools. Check with your school guidance counselor for specific information regarding eligibility.

  • 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 Prospective Student Night.
  • Complete the all the requirements of the online application form no later than the stated deadline.
  • Attend a shadow day/interview at PTECH

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.