Vocational High School
Valley Collaborative  

This program develops transitional skills and provides a high school setting for alternative education students who are interested in vocational training in addition to academics. This program utilizes concepts based on a PBIS model that encourages and rewards positive behaviors including taking responsibility, being accountable, and displaying positivity. The vocational program is catered to students interested in real-world work experience and preparation.

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Business leaders have identified the characteristics they value in the workplace: oral and written communication skills, problem solving ability, self-management capacity and co-operative working style. We employ a variety of teaching styles to motivate all students to obtain these skills. Our small class sizes promote student participation and small group work. We value self-advocating and encourage all of our students to take a proactive role in their own education. At Valley Collaborative we are conscious of the academic related skills utilized in the work force, which is why we take a synergistic approach to our vocational and academic curriculum.  Our academic teaching staff works in lockstep with our vocational coordinators so that we may cater this program to the student-worker.

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Specialized, interest specific, vocational training opportunities are provided through 4 in-school shops or in one of our various internships in the local business community. Our current list of vocational placements include:

  • Wood Shop

  • Car Detailing

  • Culinary

  • Landscaping

  • Community Partnerships (off-campus placements in the community)

Students develop trade skills and independent life management abilities through vocational shops and/or community-based work experiences.

Age/Grade Range:
Ages 14 – 22/Grades 9 – 12

Program Locations:
40 Linnell Circle, Billerica, MA 01821
Program Hours:
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

School Year:
180 day school year, plus 6 week summer program

Additional Services:
  • 6 week summer program
  • Experimental Physical Education
  • Class Electives (Art, Music, and more)
  • Gym Access
  • Student Counsel
  • Parent Advisory Council
Principal Referral Process/Contact:
Initial contact from SPED Director, followed by referral packet sent to :
Chris Cowan, Program Lead Vocational