The Raven School at Gulf Coast Trades Center

A Unique Learning Experience

The onsite charter, the Raven School, melds academics with vocational training to offer students the unique opportunity to gain job skills while working towards a GED or High School Diploma. All students have the opportunity to obtain OSHA10 and a Food Handler Certificate regardless of trade. 

The Raven School features:

  • Self-paced computer aided instruction
  • Dedicated and experienced teachers
  • Innovative reading program
  • Small classes
  • Post-secondary opportunities
  • Work experience
  • Career orientation and development
  • Vocational shops
  • Independent living


  • common curriculum
  • driver's education
  • grievance policy
  • vocational trades
  • Entering the World of Work

    Classroom: 55 Hours


    This course offering covers eleven core competencies as required by the U.S. Department of Labor SCANS program. The competencies include the following: making career decisions, labor market information, resumes, applications, interview skills, interpersonal relations, and task completion. The goal of this training is to enhance employability once vocational training is completed.


    This course also explores the different careers and jobs associated with work in the selected field. Areas covered include necessary skills for trade related jobs, average wage rates for related skills, the need for basic education skills in the workplace, and rules of the workplace.

  • Related Academics

    Classroom: 200 Hours


    This course offering provides an overview of basic academic skills necessary to compete in the working world. Emphasis is placed on the basic skill competencies in reading and mathematics. Students scoring below sixth grade level are placed in computer assisted, individualized learning components. Students assessed above a seventh grade level are placed in a GED preparatory track. All training is individualized using a multimedia approach.

  • Shop Safety

    Classroom: 5.5 Hours

    Laboratory: 22 Hours


    Students learn the basic shop safety practices and how each shop utilizes the rules in daily operations. Areas covered include: proper lifting, eye safety, use of ladders and scaffolding, power tool safety, cutting safety, hazardous chemical use, electrical hazards, dangerous gases and fire hazards.

  • Driver's education

    Using equipment and training materials provided through a collaborative agreement with Texas Region VI Education Service Center, GCTC provides drivers education to non-licensed students.

  • Career Schools and Colleges

    Grievances/complaints concerning the delivery of education services are directed to the office of the Deputy Director. Resolution of these grievances is begun within 36 hours of filing. The Executive Director is kept apprised of the process and the resolution of all grievances. Unresolved grievances are directed to:

    Career Schools and Colleges

    101 East 15th Street

    Austin, Texas 78778-0001

  • Other Agencies

    Gulf Coast Trades Center’s programs are approved by the Council for Occupational Education (COE) and the Texas Education Agency (TEA).

    Students must address their concerns about the school and programs at Gulf Coast Trades Center by following the grievance process outlined in the Gulf Coast Trades Center handouts.

    Students dissatisfied with the Gulf Coast Trades Center’s response to their complaint can file a formal complaint with relevant agencies if applicable.

  • Students can enroll in a trades program upon completing Common Curriculum. 

Adopted FSP Budget – 2021

Bacterial Meningitis Information  (Spanish)

Campus Improvement Plan – 2020

COVID-19 Prevention, Mitigation and Response

Compensatory Services One Pager English

Compensatory Services One Pager Spanish

CTE Notice

CTE Notice (Spanish)

Dyslexia Flyer

Dyslexia Flyer (Spanish)

Dyslexia Handbook

Dyslexia Handbook (Spanish)

Federal Report Card – 2023

Federal Report Card – 2022

Federal Report Card – 2021

FFH Local Policy

Food Allergies Anaphylaxis Plan

Investigation Protocols

Mistreatment, Neglect, and Abuse

Parent School Compact

PNP Solicitation

Raven School Admissions and Enrollment Policy

Raven School Classroom Safety Policy

Raven School ESL Policy

Raven School Fee Collection Policies

Raven School FSP Budget 21/22

Raven School Health and Wellness Policies

Raven School Records Management Policy



Special Education Implementing Procedures

Student Code of Conduct – 2022

Student Handbook

Title IX Non-discrimination Policy

Title IX Basic Training

Transition and Employment Guide

PG- 6.5 Ages 0-5

RS PG-6.24 Private School Children