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Benchmark 3: Target Population

Purpose of Target Population

The Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) shall target and enroll historically underserved students. The campus must enable students who are at-risk of dropping out or those who wish to accelerate completion of high school to combine high school courses and college-level courses. Enrollment decisions shall not be based on state assessment scores, discipline history, teacher recommendations, parent or student essays, minimum grade point average (GPA), or other criteria that create barriers for student enrollment.

Design Elements

  1. Recruitment and Enrollment Policies

    The P-TECH shall be open enrollment for all students and shall identify, recruit, and enroll subpopulations that are historically underrepresented in college courses. The P-TECH shall coordinate activities with feeder middle school(s), higher education partner(s), and business/ industry partner(s) to participate in recruitment activities. The P-TECH must enroll a 9th grade class during their first year of implementation and will progressively scale up by adding at least one grade level per year after the first year of implementation. If a P-TECH phases out their services, the academy must be prepared to provide services to each enrolled cohort through graduation.
  2. Documenting Enrollment Procedures

    The P-TECH shall clearly document recruitment and enrollment policies and practices, refining and improving them annually based on data reviews. 
  3. Stakeholder Engagement

    Recruitment and enrollment processes (including marketing and recruitment plans, materials, and timelines) shall include input from key stakeholders (e.g., parents, community members, higher education partners, and business/industry partners) and shall include regular activities to educate students, counselors, principals, parents, and school board and community members.
  4. Lottery System

    For any P-TECH at capacity, the P-TECH shall use either a performance-blind, open-access lottery system that encourages and considers applications from all students (all students have an equal opportunity for acceptance, regardless of background or academic performance) or a weighted lottery that favors students who are at risk or who are historically underrepresented for the P-TECH. Districts are encouraged to standardize lottery practices across campuses implementing the College and Career Readiness School Model.




  • Written admission policy, and enrollment application 
  • Written recruitment plan, including a timeline of recruitment and enrollment events, and recruitment materials for distribution at feeder middle schools and other appropriate locations in the community



  • Brochures and marketing in Spanish, English, and/or other relevant language(s)
  • Written communication plan for targeting identified audiences (e.g., parents, community members, school boards, higher education personnel, etc.) 



  • Written lottery procedures (district-level or campus-level)