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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Minuteman?
Minuteman combines a robust and rigorous academic curriculum with high-quality career and technical education to provide students with a revolutionary competitive advantage. Minuteman’s model allows students to answer the questions: “What do I love to do?” and “What do I do well?”

What kind of student does Minuteman seek to enroll?
Minuteman enrolls students seeking a competitive advantage as they prepare for college and career. Minuteman is looking for students who enjoy coming to school and understand the advantage of learning in an active environment with real-world application of the skills they develop.

What communities does Minuteman serve?
Minuteman’s member communities are Acton, Arlington, Bolton, Concord, Dover, Lancaster, Lexington, Needham, and Stow. Students who live in these towns have priority for any available seats.

Can I apply to Minuteman if I do not live in one of your sending communities?
Yes. Students who do not live in one of Minuteman’s member communities can apply but are considered “out of district.” If there are seats available after all qualified member-town applicants are offered admission, students living outside of the district can be offered admission. In addition, students living outside the district need to have their Superintendent approve a Chapter 74 Non-Resident Tuition Application. A student cannot be enrolled if their hometown school district does not approve this. Please contact the Admissions Office and we will help you complete this form.

How do we apply to Minuteman?
We encourage interested students to apply online at https://minuteman.go2cte.com. The online application can be translated into multiple languages.

If you are unable to access the online application, you can request or print a paper application, fill it out, and mail it to the Minuteman High School ATTN: Admissions, 758 Marrett Rd, Lexington, MA 02421.

What is the criteria for admission to Minuteman?
Admission to Minuteman is based on a student’s grades, attendance, and conduct for 7th and 8th grade, a recommendation from the sending school, and an interview with the applicant. Please refer to the admissions policy for further information.

Can I visit the school?
Yes. We offer tours for current 8th grade students from our member towns once a month in the evening for small groups (2-3 families). Tours are every hour with start times between 3 PM and 7 PM. Each tour last approximately one hour. You can register for a tour by going to http://www.minuteman.org/admissions/book-a-tour. If space is available, we will open tour slots to students who do not live in our member towns.

Will my 8th grader visit the school?
If your student attends the public middle school in a member town, you should receive an email from your current school with information to sign up for Showcase Day, which will be on Thursday, November 10, 2022. On Showcase Day, interested students visit Minuteman with their current classmates and observe two of our career majors. During the visit, they will learn about the career program, engage in hands-on learning experiences, and hear from our students and teachers. It is a great way to get a feel for Minuteman.

Will my child be interviewed?
Yes. We will interview all 8th grade students who apply to Minuteman and attend one of our member-town public schools at their school sometime in early February. If you live in one of our member towns, but attend school somewhere other than your town’s public school, we will contact you to schedule an interview either in person or virtually, based on your preference. If the student resides out of district, we will contact you to schedule an interview in March if it appears we may have space for out-of-district students.

Is there a deadline to apply?
The priority deadline for member-town students to apply to Minuteman is February 15th. This means we must have received all required records, including a recommendation form, and the student must have completed their interview by this date. If a student misses this deadline, they will not be considered until all the applicants who met the deadline have been offered admission. The deadline for out-of-district students is March 15th.

How do you get my student’s transcripts?
Once you apply to Minuteman, you have signed a records release approval clause, which gives the sending middle school permission to share your child’s 7th and 8th grade transcripts with our admissions team. If we have any issues obtaining these records, we will contact you and may ask for your assistance.

When will I know if my student is accepted to Minuteman?
We will notify you via email and mail a letter no later than March 1st with your student’s admissions status.

Is transportation provided? 
Minuteman provides school bus transportation to all students living in our member communities. If you live outside the district, your hometown school district is responsible for providing your child transportation; you should contact your superintendent’s office for more information.

Is there a transportation fee?
No.

Can my child buy lunch? 
At this time breakfast and lunch are free for all students enrolled at Minuteman. This may change in the 2023-24 school year depending on state funding.

How long is your school day?
The school day runs from 7:40 AM – 2:30 PM.

Are there athletics at Minuteman?
Yes. Minuteman has 14 varsity athletic programs competing mainly in the Commonwealth Athletic Conference (CAC). Minuteman High School proudly offers a 'no cut, no fee' policy to ensure all students can play. Find out more by visiting minuteman.org/athletics. There are late busses that run following games and practices Monday-Thursday evenings.

Can my student participate in extra-curricular activities?
Yes. Minuteman offers a variety of clubs and activities. Clubs run on Tuesdays. While they only run one day a week, we try to stagger which clubs run each week, so students can participate in multiple activities. There are late buses on Tuesdays that depart at 3:30 PM.

Can my student receive extra help after school?
Yes. Minuteman teachers hold office hours on Thursdays after school for students to get extra help. There are late buses on Thursdays that depart at 3:30 PM.

Do the late buses go to the same stops as the normal routes?
No. Both the Tuesday/Thursday 3:30 PM buses and the buses for student athletes which leave following games and practices Monday-Thursday follow abbreviated routes that drop students off in centralized locations throughout our member towns. You can find this year’s routes by going to https://www.minuteman.org/students-and-parents/student-resources/bus-schedule.

If my student goes to Minuteman, will they be able to go to college?
Yes. Many Minuteman students choose to attend college. The curriculum that they study prepares them to get into and to succeed at the post-secondary level. The work they do in their career majors can give them a competitive advantage when they apply to schools. You can learn more about what our alumni are doing and where are graduates go by visiting this page.