Submitted by By Serena Keating
Last year, my son was thinking of attending Keefe Tech instead of Holliston High School. I give him a lot of credit, since he did end up at Keefe Tech despite a boat load of grief from his friends. He kept telling his friends that he was going to have choices when he graduated that he wouldn’t have at HHS. Yes, sometimes our kids do listen… I can’t be prouder of my son for making that decision!
Established in 1972, Joseph P. Keefe Technical School is a coeducational, four-year high school, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Keefe Tech serves students from Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, and Natick. There is no tuition cost to students from these communities; no bus or athletic fees either.
The major purpose of Keefe Technical High School is to educate and prepare students for both employment and continuing academic and occupational preparation. Their programs integrate academic and career/technical education and include higher order reasoning, problem solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, modern technology applications, and the occupational specific skills necessary for economic independence as a productive and contributing member of society. Over 50% of the students go on to pursue two or four year college.
Keefe Tech programs foster student self-esteem, self-respect, and social awareness. Students undertake school projects that benefit our member communities and their residents. The school reflects the diversity of 5 towns, which enriches the school community. There is a restaurant and beauty salon open to the public. A video showcasing the Automotive, Cosmetology and Culinary Arts programs can be seen in the “Keefe in the News” section of the school website. In addition, the Business Technology students were recently featured on “Totally Patriots” on TV 38. Keefe Tech’s Career and Technical Education programs continue be well represented within our community and beyond. The carpentry program recently built a shed for the Holliston Senior Center. The Metal Fabrication program was asked by the town of Framingham to create a replacement replica of an 1807 cemetery vault door. The list could go on for pages of projects that demonstrate how the students learn and give back to the community while simultaneously getting an excellent education and learning a trade.
Keefe Tech has a rolling enrollment for 8th graders, so it’s not too late to apply. Check out their website www.keefetech.org or contact the Keefe Tech Guidance Office (508-416-2270). There is a parent information night Feb 27 from 6pm to 8pm at the school. Don’t overlook Keefe Tech. It could be a wonderful opportunity for your child!