Topsfield Vocational Academy

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Middle and high school providing hands-on vocational training


Program Overview


Topsfield Vocational Academy provides students with an opportunity to enhance their middle school or high school educational experience with hands-on vocational training.  The program offers smaller-sized vocational and academic classrooms for students who need social, emotional, and behavioral interventions.  Students learn to make responsible choices and develop self-control.

Topsfield Vocational Academy offers an academic curriculum that is aligned with the Common Core Standards.  Students participate in core academic classes as well as a wide variety of vocational experiences.  These include on-site woodworking and culinary arts programs and many different off-site opportunities such as auto shop, sheet metal, and child care.

Academic Curriculum

  • Frameworks based academic curriculum including high school credit courses in all core subject areas

  • Small class size with the opportunity for individual support

  • Clinical and behavioral support services are integrated into the school day

  • Core academic classes as well as enrichment opportunities and vocational experiences

Vocational Highlights

On-Site Woodworking

Students are exposed to large and small projects for paying customers such as; deck chairs, cabinets, tables, as well as larger pieces such as; sheds and garages. Students are also involved in an off-site boat building and restoration experience with Essex an Gloucester harbor.

Culinary Arts

Hands on experience with restaurant style cooking and food service management. Students are exposed to cooking from “scratch”, execution of recipes and maintaining a clean and safe culinary kitchen. Students interested can attain official Serv-safe certification from the state.

Off-Site Opportunities

Include but not limited to: auto shop, sheet metal fabrication, veterinary care, child care, and landscaping; totaling 11 sites.

Transition Planning

  • College visits to NSCC, NECC, SSU

  • 1:1 consultation with vocational coordinators

  • Vocational assessments

  • PSAT/SAT support

  • College application and resume support

  • Job Corp tour