Admissions to Tolles for 17-18
Students at Tolles’ 11 associate high schools have the opportunity to attend our career-technical programs, an extension of the learning experience within your school district. This can be done in a half-day or full-day schedule. To enroll, students must meet the following admissions guidelines:
- Age: students must be 16 by October 1st of the 2017-2018 school year
- (Students who meet all other requirements, but don’t meet the age requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis).
- Residency: students must reside within one of our seven associate school districts.
- Credits: students who have completed one (1) or two (2) years of full-time enrollment in an approved high school curriculum, must have earned eight (8) overall credits prior to starting at Tolles, with a minimum of six (6) of those credits, including Algebra I or equivalent, being within the Ohio Core Credits. Students who have completed three (3) years of full-time enrollment in an approved high school curriculum, must have earned ten (10) overall credits prior to entering Tolles, with a minimum of eight (8) of those credits, including Algebra I or equivalent, being within the Ohio Core Credits. Ohio Core Credits include all academic courses specified as Ohio minimum graduation requirements.
- Confirmation Letter: students must receive a Confirmation of Acceptance Letter, notifying them a seat has been secured within their Primary Program of Choice.
Students are required to complete our online application system. The online application is simple and brief, but students must:
- Have a parent/guardian or counselor/transition coordinator present to complete the application;
- Select only ONE (1) Program of Choice;
- Complete additional paperwork (copy of social security card, driver’s license or other form of I.D.) in order to process application for Cosmetology program.
Tolles is accepting applications beginning Dec. 8, 2016, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. during First Chance Application Night on campus. This will be the first opportunity to apply for the 2017-2018 school year. At midnight on Dec. 9, 2016, the online application will go live on our website.
While Tolles accepts applications on a rolling basis, students are encouraged to apply within the Priority Enrollment period of Dec. 8, 2016-Jan. 22, 2017. This will increase your chances of being enrolled if you meet qualifications, and it will also allow you to plan your schedule in February with your counselor after you receive notification of acceptance. Students are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible as there are only 25 spots available per program.
Applications received before or on the Priority Application Deadline (January 22, 2017) will be ranked by highest-to-lowest grade point average (GPA) and processed in the following order:
- First Priority: Students with sophomore credit status who have earned and/or are currently enrolled to earn eight (8) overall credits prior to the 2017-18 school year, with a minimum of six (6) of those credits, including Algebra I or equivalent, being Ohio Core Credits, and having met all Primary Program of Choice prerequisites.
- Second Priority: Current Level 1 (junior) students enrolled at the Tolles campus that are applying to a new Primary Program of Choice (and are passing their current program and have met all newly applied program pre-requisites).
- Third Priority: Students with freshman credit status and have earned and/or are currently enrolled to earn eight (8) overall credits prior to the 2017-18 school year, with a minimum of six (6) of those credits, including Algebra I or equivalent, being Ohio Core Credits, and having met all Primary Program of Choice prerequisites.
- Fourth Priority: students with junior credit status and have earned and/or are currently enrolled to earn ten (10) overall credits prior to starting the 2017-18 school year, with a minimum of eight (8) of those credits, including Algebra I or equivalent, being Ohio Core Credits, and having met all Primary Program of Choice prerequisites.
- Students who do not meet any of the above statuses (Priorities 1-4) will be placed in a waiting pool and will have his/her application processed on a rolling basis pending approval of the Tolles Director overseeing admissions.
Individual Program Preferences
All students must meet the minimum credit, age, residency, and other requirements listed in the admissions guidelines, but preference will also be given to students who meet the below program preferred prerequisites for four of our programs to ensure success.
- Engineering & Manufacturing: Preference will be given to students who have a “B” or better in both Algebra I and geometry or their equivalents. This will be checked twice by our counselors before final enrollment (once after initial application and current transcript is received and when final transcripts are received). Final acceptance is always based on final transcript grades.
- Pre-Nursing: Preference will be given to students who have a “B” or better in biology. This will be checked twice by our counselors before final enrollment (once after initial application and current transcript is received and when final transcripts are received). Final acceptance is always based on final transcript grades.
- Cosmetology: Student must commit to attending Tolles full day to be enrolled in cosmetology due to hours required to earn their license through the Ohio State Board of Cosmetology.
- Culinary Arts: It is highly encouraged that students interested in culinary arts enroll full day at Tolles in order to be able to participate in operating the restaurant and to be involved in their project-based learning. Half-day students who utilize bus transportation to return to their associate schools are unable to participate in this facet of the program.
25 Spots Available
Each program is only permitted to accept 25 new students each year. Many Tolles programs are in high demand and end up being considered “oversubscribed”. Oversubscribed means that more than the state-regulated 25 have applied for enrollment into a program. If a program goes “oversubscribed”, the following procedure takes place with admissions:
- The top twenty-five (25) students, ranked by highest-to-lowest cumulative grade point average (GPA), will receive letters indicating they are accepted into their Primary Program of Choice and a seat is being reserved for them.
- Remaining applicants will be placed in a pool of candidates.
- Should a vacancy occur within the program, the remaining applicants within the pool, and any newly submitted applicants, will be re-ranked by highest-to-lowest cumulative grade point average (GPA) and processed according to the Application Process and credit status list.
If a student lacks or is currently not enrolled to meet the required number of earned Overall credits, Ohio Core credits and/or Primary Program of Choice prerequisites, the student must work with his/her parent/guardian, and his/her associate school counselor to enroll in the courses needed to meet credit requirements. An updated transcript, showing newly earned and/or enrolled credits must be submitted to Tolles prior to the application being processed. Please note the following:
1. Applications submitted after the Priority Application Deadline (January 22, 2017) and meet a credit status in the Application Process list, will be ranked by highest-to-lowest cumulative grade point average (GPA) and processed by a date established by Tolles.
2. Applications submitted that do not meet a credit status in Application Process list will be ranked by highest-to-lowest cumulative grade point average (GPA) and processed by a date established by Tolles according to program availability.
Tolles is committed to placing students in a program that makes sense for their future. Because of this, Tolles is only allowing students to apply for a Primary Choice program. If students are not accepted into their primary choice, they will be contacted by a Tolles representative and given the option to a) change to another program (without having to re-apply) or b) remain on a waitlist. After our Priority Enrollment period, if a student changes his/her mind to enroll into another program, the student must re-apply to another program.
We encourage students to make the decision to attend Tolles for the following reasons:
- You want to get a jump start on college or career;
- You want to develop a hirable skill to help you work through college lowering student debt;
- You want to be able to work on real-life projects on a daily basis in our career-tech labs;
- You enjoy working with your hands and movement in the classroom and you are bored with desk learning;
- You want to have the opportunity to develop leadership, public speaking, teamwork, and workplace skills to prepare you for the future;
- You want to save money on college or earn a higher wage while entering the workforce;
- You want to have the opportunity to earn college credits or industry credentials while in high school.
Yes. Acceptance is dependent upon your successful completion of the current school year. When you receive your acceptance letter, you will need to finish the current school year strong so when final transcripts are received in June, your acceptance can be maintained.
We promote Primary Choice because we think Tolles should be treated as a serious decision and should be about best possible placement. Tolles’ programs promote bankable skills with core academics. We want students who have thought about their futures and are focused on a goal, and that is why we think you should focus on one program. In the event you change your mind or don’t get into a program, you can re-apply for another choice.
If there is a technical problem when you apply, please take a screenshot of the issue and immediately contact Mr. Wirick at firstname.lastname@example.org so he can document the time and day based on your email. Even if you cannot get a screenshot, please email him ASAP and he will attempt to work with you at his earliest convenience to make it right.
Continue to work hard and finish your year strong! Remember, you must successfully complete this school year to meet our criteria mentioned earlier. If you are applying to an oversubscribed program, your GPA and attendance become increasingly important. After you get your letter you are part of the Tolles family, but everything remains contingent on your final transcript we receive in June.