Your Future Begins Here.


When I was an eighth grader at Horace Mann School, I toured Tri-County and was surprised to learn I could get a head start on my career in the school’s Early Education program. Over the past four years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with preschoolers and toddlers in the Tri-County Children’s Center. Best of all, I’m pursuing my dream career while still taking Honors courses and playing soccer and basketball.

AbigailClass of 2020, Early Education

Why wait until high school graduation to pursue your dreams?

In the Early Education program, tomorrow’s teachers are working with toddlers and pre-schoolers. Around the corner, Culinary Arts students are preparing lunch for a restaurant patron who just received a haircut inside the Cosmetology Program’s teaching salon. Down the street, Carpentry students are putting the finishing touches on a home they built for the Town of Franklin. While this may sound very exciting, this is just a normal day for Tri-County students.

Walking through the building on a typical day, Tri-County often feels more like a school full of career-focused professionals than teenagers. Whether they plan to attend college or enter the workforce upon graduation, our students have goals and plans for achieving them. Our goal is to facilitate those plans by providing students with an education that fosters their strengths and abilities.

Tri-County offers many of the same opportunities as a traditional high school. A Tri-County student can take Advanced Placement courses, join a sports team, attend prom, and move on to a selective four-year college. What makes a Tri-County education different is the additional doors it can open. Our 16 Career Programs and rigorous academic courses equip students with the state-of-the-art technical skills and scholastic proficiency necessary to succeed in the twenty-first century workplace.

Apply to Tri-County

Ready to jump-start your future? You can begin the admissions process by clicking the button below.

For those who would prefer to fill out a paper application, Tri-County applications are available through the Tri-County Guidance Office.  To obtain a paper application, please contact Ms. McNamara at 508-528-5400 ext. 125 or send her an email to  After completing a paper application, please deliver it to your sending school guidance counselor. The guidance counselor completes the form and attaches the necessary records. If you apply online, we’ll take care of delivering the application to your sending school guidance counselor.

Visit us

Tours of Tri-County are available by appointment only. Please contact Dawn McNamara at or call 508-528-5400 x125 to schedule a tour.

Criteria for admission includes:

  • Scholastic Record
  • Attendance Record
  • Recommendations of the Sending School
  • An Interview with a Counselor from Tri-County
  • Discipline Record

Sample Interview Questions

  1. Why do you want to attend Tri-County?
  2. If your English teacher were to write you a letter of recommendation, what would that person say?
  3. How much of your assigned homework do you complete and turn in on time?
  4. What do you think you must improve upon to be ready to do well in grade 9 at Tri-County?
  5. Tell me one thing about yourself that would support your application to Tri-County?

Frequently Asked Questions from Parents

Q: What are the residency requirements in order to attend Tri-County (TC)?

A: The student must be a resident in one of the following towns in order to be eligible to apply: Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole, and Wrentham. If accepted, proof of residency will be required.

Q: ​What percentage of TC students attend college?

A: About 50% each year. That might seem low, but the other half of our students will go directly into an apprenticeship or job that they were certified in. Our graduates meet all the requirements for admissions to 2 and 4-year universities.

Q: Can TC students attend college without four years of a foreign language?

A:The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education provides a Vocational/Technical School waiver re: foreign language to the Massachusetts State Colleges. Other courses that TC students take are substituted. Private colleges both in and out of state usually waive the requirement but may require the student to meet their requirement while in college. Out of state public four-year institutions may deny admission if there is an in-state foreign language requirement without waiver provisions.

Q: Are Tri-County students accepted to competitive colleges?

A: Yes. A complete list is available in the Guidance Office. Graduates enroll in various colleges such as U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Providence College, George Washington University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Johnson and Wales, Northeastern, UMass, and other state and community colleges.

Q: Does TC help students obtain Co-op jobs?

A: Yes. The Co-op Counselor assists the student in job development. An extensive job bank is maintained.

Q: Do TC students receive scholarships?

A: At graduation, TC students received scholarships and tool awards in excess of $750,000

Frequently Asked Questions From Students

Q: How do I choose my major?

A: As part of the 9th grade Exploratory process, you will explore nine vocational programs and be graded in each. When all nine are completed, you will select the three that you are most interested in joining. Your exploratory grades will help to determine your vocational placement.

Q: When do I choose my major?

A: You will choose your major at the end of the second term of the 9th grade.

Q: How do I get home if I stay after school? Where will the bus take me?

A: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays there are late buses that will take you to the center of the town in which you live. There are also sports buses that leave after the assigned practices.

Q: How do I know what bus I will take to TC?

A: Your bus schedule is printed in your local newspaper in late August and is also available on the website.

Q: Will I have homework when I am in the vocational programs?

A: Yes, you may have academic homework to complete during the vocational week to help you retain the information in your different classes.

Q: When does the school day begin and end?

A: Our school day starts at 7:50 am and ends at 2:10 pm.

Q: Will I be in classes with upperclass students?

A: The ninth and eleventh grade students are in the vocational program together. In the academic classes the grades are separated.

Q: How do I know if the school is closed for snow?

A: Announcements are made on the radio and the television. You can check the student handbook for specific stations. You will not follow the same information as your home school.

Q: Do the students at TC have the same vacations as my home school?

A: Yes, all major holidays and vacations are generally the same.

Q: How many periods are there in a day?

A: There are eight periods a day during academic weeks.

Q: How long do I stay in my major?

A: You will remain in your major for three and a half years.

Q: When can I go out to work for co-op?

A: In your senior year, co-op is available for students who are eligible.

Q: Can I go to college if I go to TC?

A: Yes. Our curriculum is aligned to enable students to attend all community, state, and private colleges.