General Information

Mission Statement, School Philosophy, and Goals & Objectives

Our School

Old Colony RVTHS, Rochester, MA

Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is located on a 80-acre campus in Rochester, Massachusetts, the geographical center of the five-member town school district that includes Acushnet, Carver, Lakeville, Mattapoisett, and Rochester.

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Old Colony is committed to providing quality vocational-technical and academic programs.

Graduates receive a high school diploma and a certificate of proficiency in their technical area of study.

Old Colony's four-year program of studies allows students to directly enter the job market as skilled workers or to continue their education at any college, university, or technical school. Our Tech/Prep Program guarantees admission to Bristol Community College after completing the two-year courses at Old Colony. Also, college credit can be awarded for technical training received at Old Colony from Wentworth Institute, New England Tech, and Johnson and Wales University. Old Colony is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Old Colony offers twelve vocational-technical programs: Automotive Technology, Computer Information Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Drafting, Electrical, Electronics, Health Careers, House and Mill Carpentry, Machine and Tool Technology, Graphic Communication and Design and Welding/Metal Fabrication. More in-depth descriptions of each of these offerings are given in this Web Site.

Old Colony Mission Statement

The mission of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School is to prepare students for ever changing demands of society and the workforce, in a safe environment that values diversity and equity. Through vocational-technical and academic courses students attain the skills necessary for successful employment and career and/or educational advancement. This foundation enables students to be responsible members of the community and encourages a continuation of learning throughout life.


Old Colony School Philosophy

Each student has the opportunity to understand and develop his/her potential and to acquire skills which will prepare him/her for work or for further education. The school affirms the worth, dignity, and diversity of all peoples.

We, the School Committee, Administration, Staff and Students of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, believe that the established programs will provide a balance of knowledge and skills commensurate with the diverse interests and capabilities of the student body.

Considering rapid social, economic, cultural, and technological changes, we advocate a curriculum that supports and encourages life-long learning. The school will strive to educate its students in personal responsibility, work ethics, and good citizenship.

We recognize that students need the cooperation and interaction of the home, school, and community at large to succeed.

Old Colony Goals & Objectives

Old Colony RVTHS, Rochester, MA
  1. To ensure a student's right to develop his/her potential regardless of race, color, sex, religion, age, handicap, national origin, or sexual orientation.
  2. To develop social awareness and empathy toward others while fostering the dignity of the individual.
  3. To promote understanding and appreciation for multi-racial and multi-cultural backgrounds.
  4. To maintain and upgrade established programs that provide a balance of knowledge and skills.
  5. To provide vocational, technical, and academic courses of instruction that allow for differences in student interests, aptitudes, and abilities.
  6. To teach students the required skills to effectively communicate.
  7. To prepare students for future career changes and technological advances.
  8. To adapt to the constantly changing socioeconomic needs through the induction of technological and unique educational programs such as Articulation Agreements with Area Colleges, State and National Certifications and Licensure, Cooperative Education, Tech Prep, Skills USA, Apprenticeship and Internship Programs.
  9. To provide a learning environment where students are motivated to excel, to display pride in their work and to develop appreciation of the work of others.
  10. To promote in each student desirable habits and attitudes with emphasis on health, safety, and ethics.
  11. To provide guidance for students concerning personal, educational, and vocational/career technical issues.
  12. To collaborate with Business and Industry, National Associations, and Advisory Committees to promote, establish, maintain, and evaluate the vocational/career technical programs in order to maintain the high standards of the school curricula.
  13. To provide a variety of extracurricular activities which foster interaction among parents/guardians, faculty, staff, and students.
  14. To provide an atmosphere of interpersonal communication, mutual confidence, respect for authority, friendliness, and cooperation while maintaining a safe and nurturing environment supported by discipline which is consistent, firm, and fair.
  15. To monitor and upgrade academic and vocational/technical curricula to provide students the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to meet all the state and federal requirements.
  16. To continue to update, monitor, and practice all building safety protocol and procedures to ensure a safe working environment for its faculty, staff, and visitors as well as a safe learning environment for students.


Admissions to Old Colony

Eighth-, ninth-, or tenth-grade students residing in the district may apply for admission on or before the January deadline. Applicants are accepted based on academic performance, recommendations by sending school counselors, and a personal interview.

For further information on application procedures, visit our Web link "Applying" or call Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School at 508-763-8011.

Old Colony Support Services

The Old Colony Guidance Department works with the sending schools and with parents to make the transition to high school a success. Ninth-grade students are given an opportunity to explore six vocational areas during their first trimester. They are then given their permanent placement based on their attitude, interest, attendance, and performance in each area. Students, regardless of gender, are encouraged to explore any vocational areas in which they have an interest.

During the four years of high school, the guidance staff provides a variety of services, including counseling, job placement, cooperative education, college planning, and scholarship information.

Old Colony Sending Districts

A wide range of academic courses are offered to accommodate students of varying ability levels. Services are available to assist students in meeting the academic and vocational requirements.

Old Colony Sending Districts

The sending districts for Old Colony RVTHS are:

  • Acushnet
  • Carver
  • Lakeville
  • Mattapoisett
  • Rochester