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WCA Application

Application for 9th Grade Student Admission - 2024-25 School Year

Application Flyer

The Waterbury Career Academy High School is a scholastically challenging high school designed for excelling students who have a desire to pursue college and career readiness through one of four career pathways/academies including Health Services, Education and Training, Information Technology and Engineering, and Manufacturing. The high school, which opened during the 2013-2014 school year, is housed with students who are Waterbury residents in grades 9 - 12. Students who have been accepted into the school completed an application and were accepted through the rank of their application.


You are invited to learn more about WCA in-person at our Open House on Thursday, November 2nd from 5:30 - 7:00 pm.

All Waterbury residents and students in grade 8 qualify to complete the online application.


You must be a Grade 8 Waterbury Resident.

* Complete and submit the Application. You have from October 13, 2023 - December 8, 2023, at 11:59 pm to complete the application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.  

*The application includes: 

Student/Parent Section:

  • Completed Student Section: Demographics, Academy interest, list of clubs/extra-curricular activities, student written essay describing how Waterbury Career Academy High School can benefit you in your future success and the knowledge you have about our school's academies.
  • Completed Parent Section: demographics and authorization of the release of records.
  • ONE academic teacher recommendation (student is to inform the teacher they chose that they will be required to complete and submit the teacher recommendation when provided the link).

School counselor will provide supporting documents for review: 

  • Completed school counselor recommendation.
  • Copy of Grade 7 report card and Quarter 1 Grade 8 report card (English, Math, Social Studies, Science & Reading grades are evaluated).
  • Complete Attendance Record (Excused & unexcused) for 7th Grade and 1st Marking Period of 8th Grade.
  • Discipline report for grade 6, 7 and grade 8 (submitted by current school counselor).
  • Grade 7 Smarter Balanced Assessment (IF APPLICABLE) as reported on the Student Score Report or comparable standardized assessment such as the IOWA tests (submitted by current school counselor).

The committee is composed of Non-WCA staff members that will review the student's entire application packet. Each of the above factors is given a score and the total score is then calculated. Students are selected by rank order until the Grade 9 class total has reached capacity. Parents/Guardians will be notified of the students application status: Accepted, Waitlisted, or Denied, by the end of February. If accepted, parents/guardians must report their child’s decision as soon as possible. For special needs students, a PPT/504 meeting will be held after acceptance to address programming needs. If waitlisted, students may be accepted and will be notified as space becomes available, but before the school year begins. The waitlist expires on the 1st day of school of the new school year.