Center for Engineering at BCAT

  • The Center for Engineering offers a four-year advanced curriculum integrating math, science and technology as a study of the profession of engineering.  The Center’s curriculum focuses on the development of the theoretical understandings of the engineering discipline and on the practical skills and understandings necessary for any engineer.

    If you are interested in being a part of this unique and exciting initiative, please complete the steps below.

    Please read ALL the steps below before beginning the application process.

    Applications must be submitted by January 31, 2022 - no exceptions can be made.

Application Checklist

    • First, complete the Burton application and indicate Engineering as one of your top choices.
    • Within a week or so of your Burton application, you will recieve the Engineering application. Gather the following information prior to filling out your Engineering application:
      • Student ID Number
      • Best phone number to reach parent or guardian
      • Name of your current school counselor
      • Teacher Recommendation #1 from your Algebra 1 teacher (Collect only the EMAIL ADDRESS of a teacher from whom you would like a recommendation. We will contact the teacher for the recommednation).
      • Teacher Recommendation #2 from a science teacher (Collect only the EMAIL ADDRESS of a teacher from whom you would like a recommendation. We will contact the teacher for the recommednation).
      • Essay: Select one of the following writing prompts and answer it in 500 words or less using proper grammar and spelling.
        1. Describe a product or process that has not been invented that would make your life easier.
        2. If you were hired for an engineering position, describe what your dream project would be.
        3. What do you hope to gain from your 4 years in this engineering program?
        4. Describe a time when you used engineering concepts to solve a problem.
      • The selection committee will evaluate your response based on the following criteria:
        Ideas & Content (50%): Does the essay respond to the prompt? Is the essay creative in the response? Does the essay include relevant, detailed elaboration?
        Organization (25%): Does the essay have a strong introduction? Is the essay clearly organized, with well-transitioned paragraphs?
        Conventions (25%): Does the writer use proper writing conventions (spelling, punctuation, capitalization, grammar, etc.)?
    • Meet with your school counselor to sign up for the OLSAT test and get a permission form to take the test.  See your counselor for the test date for your school.