Engineering and Technology Academy (ETA)

The Engineering & Technology Academy (ETA) is a personalized learning environment with high expectations where students receive the support needed to successfully complete a rigorous course of study. Students will engage in activities that will demonstrate the connections within various disciplines as concepts are reinforced in multiple contexts. With involvement from parents and community members opportunities for learning will extend beyond the classroom walls. The ETA is designed for students, parents, staff, and members of the community to work collaboratively to ensure the success of each child. ETA graduates will have the knowledge, experience, confidence, and problem-solving skills required to be successful in their future endeavors in our everchanging world.

The Engineering & Technology Academy (ETA) was established in 2002, and received its vocational charter in 2009. In grades 9 and 10, the ETA students are teamed, similar to the students’ experiences in many middle schools. This model has helped ease some of the challenges faced by students as they transition from middle to high school. To further help student performance, Grade 9 ETA teachers utilize AVID strategies and philosophies. These AVID strategies stress good student skills, such as effective note-taking, time management, study strategies, and organization. In grades 11 and 12, students may continue to take the Engineering and Technology courses, though they are not teamed throughout their academic subjects. This provides the students greater access to the range of elective, Advanced Placement (AP), and Virtual High School courses offered at Doherty.

The Engineering & Technology Academy works closely with local business, industry and higher education institutions. The ETA and Worcester Polytechnic Institute partnership was nationally recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education as a premier high school and university team. The Boston Museum of Science featured the ETA as an example of a strong alignment between the public schools and post-secondary institutions.

Application Information

  • Applications are mailed to the households of every WPS grade 8 student. These are mailed in the fall.
  • Applications are sent the guidance offices of all WPS middle schools, along with the guidance offices of many local private, parochial, and charter schools in the region.
  • Applications are submitted to the current middle school guidance counselor. The counselor will complete the Summary Profile section and then forward the application to the ETA Coordinator at Doherty Memorial High School.
  • The first round of applications are considered in February, and students should have their applications submitted and received by Doherty by February 1st in order to be considered in the first round of applications. Applications are still accepted after this date, including throughout the summer.
  • Applications are considered on a rolling admission. This means that students are accepted or placed on the wait list based on their application score, and the number of positions available within the ETA.

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Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)


Instructional Focus

Doherty Memorial High School is implementing a school-wide effort to demonstrate measurable growth in students’ ability to read critically and respond thoughtfully in writing as evidenced by progress on external measures, such as the MCAS and the PSAT, and internal measures, such as the MAP and other common assessments. View School Accountability Plan for more details about our school.