First Year Exploratory Program

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During the first year, students explore all of Assabet's seventeen technical areas for two hours over the first two weeks of school, called the Mini-Exploratory. Upon completion of the Mini-Exploratory, students select six technical areas to explore further for one week, called First Year Exploratory. Following the completion of the First-Year Exploratory, students choose the three technical programs they would most desire for permanent technical program placement. Each student is notified of their placement in the beginning of January and will remain in that technical area for the remaining 3½ school years of technical program training.

Exploratory Schedule


Please see below for important dates regarding the Exploratory Schedule.

  • 1st Exploratory: Week of September 19th
  • 2nd Exploratory: Week of October 3rd
  • 3rd Exploratory: Week of October 18th
  • 4th Exploratory: Week of October 31st
  • 5th Exploratory: Week of November 14th
  • 6th Exploratory: Week of November 28th
  • 1st Day in Technical Program: Monday, December 12th

Required Technical Program Attire


Please make sure to review the REQUIRED TECHNICAL PROGRAM ATTIRE. Safety is our number one priority and it is critical that students dress appropriately in order to prevent injury. 

Selection of a Career Major


Prerequisite: A student must earn a 'C' or better in a shop exploratory in order to qualify for acceptance into that shop at the end of the Exploratory Program. 

Procedure: Students indicate their first, second and third choices for shop placement. They are ranked for assignment to their choices based upon the following factors:

  1. Grade earned in the shop of choice, as evaluated by the shop teachers

  2. Grade average in all subjects and exploratories

  3. Attendance record

It is important that all parents/guardians and students understand that because each shop is limited in the number of students it can take, admission to some shops can be competitive. Some students may be offered assignment to a shop which is not their first choice. To be sure that each student has a chance to compete on the same basis for the shop of their choice, we evaluate the factors listed above. Grade average in all subjects and exploratories (25%), attendance (25%) and shop performance in the shop of choice (50%).