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Admittance at PATHS is focused primarily on juniors and seniors. However, sophomores are considered for enrollment on a case-by-case basis. PATHS programs are designed as two-year programs, with acceptance priority given to two-year students, however, one-year students are accepted pending space. PATHS does not offer placement for three years.

Students must be attending one of our sending schools to enroll. PATHS is not a comprehensive high school and students still attend their sending school for half of their day to earn their core academic credits. Students will attend one PATHS program in one of two sessions: 8:00-10:30 or 11:00-1:30.

PATHS starts new students in the fall from the first day of school through October 1st pending program openings. We do not accept semester students.

All students that are interested in attending a PATHS program must do a program visit. Program visits for fall enrollment are conducted from January through March the previous school year with April 1st as the first deadline of acceptances. Programs typically fill by April 1st, however, will continue visits pending openings.

Many of our programs may have more students apply than can be accepted and fill by April 1st.


Visits should be scheduled through student’s sending school counselors. These visits are a full immersion experience for the student. Students will be actively engaged in hands-on work during their visit.

Students will participate in both technical and academic activities designed to help them gain an understanding of the program. Students must follow safety procedures; if a student cannot operate safely during the visit, the visit will be ended. During the visit, student interest and ability to meet the academic and technical program requirements will be gauged

Student ability to comprehend and practice good safety habits, along with technical and academic skills, will determine if they are invited to join the program. This is an opportunity for students to get a sense of whether or not the program is a good fit for them. Students should feel free to ask questions of the instructor and the other students in order to gather as many details as possible. If a student is  not accepted to their program of choice, they are welcome to visit another program.

Sending High Schools

Bonny Eagle Deering

Gray-New Gloucester

Scarborough Windham
Cape Elizabeth Falmouth Greely South Portland Yarmouth
Casco Bay Gorham Portland Westbrook