Admissions Requirements

Admissions Requirements

The application process

‘Early Decision’ deadline: Dec. 30, 2018

All applications received after Dec. 30, 2018 will be placed in a lottery, to be decided upon in April.

Cumberland High School CTE pathways are open to all students in the Cumberland school district who are interested in furthering their knowledge in a field related to a high priority industry area. Students in grades 9 through 12 are encouraged to apply, providing they can complete the required coursework in time for graduation. Talk to your school counselor and apply today!

Admissions & Eligibility Criteria


PLEASE NOTE: Only completed applications will be considered.

  1. Only students meeting the application requirements for the program will be considered (see appendix A for pathway requirements).
  2. Applicant must be in good academic and behavior standing and meet academic and behavioral expectations of CHS.
  3. All applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of an administrator, a school counselor, the pathways coordinator, school dean and pathways teacher.

All students, in order to be considered for general admission to a Cumberland pathway, must meet the established criteria in reading and mathematics, as follows:

Reading Comprehension

  • 9th-Grade (Grade Level 6)
  • 10th-Grade (Grade Level 7)
  • 11th-Grade (Grade level 8)

Mathematics

  • 9th-Grade (Grade Level 6)
  • 10th-Grade (Grade Level 7)
  • 11th-Grade (Grade level 8)

As an alternative, the student may provide documentation (i.e., transcripts, portfolio of work, alternate assessments) to the principal that demonstrates achievement at these levels.

For students with disabilities, either under IDEA or section 504, who do not meet the established Criteria for Admission, a request for the review of a portfolio in either mathematics or language arts may be submitted. Deadlines for requests and portfolio submission are May 30 of the academic year before expected enrollment.

Conditional Acceptance Period

(See Appendix A)
Applicants are conditionally accepted to a CHS academy pathway. Students must maintain eligibility status/good standing status up to the start of placement in the CHS pathway (i.e., good academic and behavioral standing required).

CHS reserves the right to reconsider and withdraw conditional acceptance status of any student who does not maintain eligibility status/good standing status.

Reasons for dismissal from the program

  1. Once a student is accepted to a CHS CTE program, excessive absences, excessive tardiness, and/or serious and or excessive discipline referrals may result in the student being dismissed from CHS CTE programs, and if that student is from out of district, returned to the student’s resident district.  
  2. Students who are unable to meet the minimum academic and program requirements of CHS, will be considered for dismissal from CHS CTE programs, and if that student is from out of district, returned to the student’s resident district.
  3. Students must earn a passing grade in their chosen career and technical center program in order to proceed to the next level of that program.  The minimum academic and program requirements for each pathway are available from the Cumberland High School CTE Pathway Handbook.
  4. Students unable to rectify academic/social standing after a probationary period will be dismissed from the pathway program

Review and Appeals Process

Applicant

The applicant’s parent/guardian, upon receipt of a letter indicating that the applicant was not admitted or placed on a waiting list for admittance to a particular program, may request a review of the decision by sending a letter to the principal within 15 days of receipt of the letter.

The principal will respond in writing with the findings of the review within 15 days of receipt of the letter. If after the review by the principal the parent/guardian wishes to appeal the findings, they may do so using the same protocol in the following order: The superintendent, the Cumberland School District School Committee, and then the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Enrolled Student

A student whose enrollment has been terminated may request a review of the decision by sending a letter to the principal within 15 days of receipt of the letter. The principal will respond in writing with the findings of the review within 15 days of receipt of the letter. If after the review by the principal the parent/guardian wishes to appeal the findings, they may do so using the same protocol in the following order: The superintendent, the Cumberland School District School Committee, and then the Rhode Island Department of Education.

Appendix A

Good Academic Standing:

  • A student has not failed 2 or more courses – Once accepted into the program, the student cannot fall onto the Cumberland High School academic suspension list (see Cumberland High School Parent/Student Handbook for more information regarding Academic Suspension).
    • A student enrolled in a pathway, who appears on the Academic Suspension/Ineligibility List, will be placed on a one-quarter probationary period. If the student remains ineligible after the probationary period, he/she will be removed from the program.
  • A student has earned/will continue to earn enough credits to move to the next grade level.
  • A student has and will maintain a cumulative simple GPA of 2.5 with a one-semester probationary period for students who fall into the 2.2 – 2.49 GPA range.

Good Behavioral Standing:

  • A student has less than 10 unexcused absences (3 unexcused tardies will equals 1 day absent) – Once accepted into the program, the student cannot fall onto the Cumberland High School social suspension list (See Cumberland High School Parent/Student Handbook for more information regarding Social Suspension)
    • Any student placed on the social suspension list will be placed on probation for the duration of the social suspension.
  • Any student who received an in-school or out-of-school suspension may not be granted a spot or may be dismissed from the pathway, and returned to the sending school.  
    • Students who are at risk of dismissal due to in- or out-of-school suspension, or students who fall on the social or academic suspension list will be required to have their participation reviewed by the administrative team, pathways director, school counselor director and a staff member in the pathway.

Probationary Periods

  • Any student placed on probation will be notified in writing, with a letter sent home, suggesting (but not requiring) a meeting to identify supports that the student can utilize to help improve his/her status.
    • Supports could include: Homework Help Center, Peer Tutoring, after school help sessions, etc.
  • Students who are at risk of dismissal due to in- or out-of-school suspension, or students who fall on the social or academic suspension list will be required to have their participation reviewed by the administrative team, pathways director, school counselor director and a staff member in the pathway. If at the end of the probationary period the student has not corrected the behaviors, the student will be removed from the program.
  • Students will not be allowed more than one probationary period during tenure at Cumberland High School.

 Chart your own course

Cumberland High School
2600 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI 02864

Cumberland High School Assistant Principal
& Director of Pathways

heather.delfino@cumberlandschools.org

(401) 658-2600

Chart your own course

Cumberland High School
2600 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI 02864

Cumberland High School Assistant Principal
& Director of Pathways

heather.delfino@cumberlandschools.org

(401) 658-2600

© 2018 Cumberland School Department, Cumberland, Rhode Island

© 2018 Cumberland School Department, Cumberland, Rhode Island