About

About Holyoke Public Schools:

  • We are a school district on the rise, with close to 5,500 students served by 11 schools,including two high schools, and one Pre-K-2 school; 8 of our schools contain Pre-K classrooms
  • Innovative school programs, community initiatives and university partnerships are expanding choices for students to develop a wide range of skills and explore college and career options.
  • 70% of HPS students are Puerto Rican and close to half of the city’s residents are Puerto Rican.
  • A growing dual-language program (English/Spanish) is in high demand. We are also on track to provide free and high quality Pre-K for all 4 year olds in Holyoke by 2020.
As staff prepares students for success in higher education and in the workforce, they seek to provide them with opportunities to think critically, communicate with purpose, and experience success through multiple pathways. HPS staff has made it their mission to graduate students with not only a high school diploma, but an additional credential that expands their college and career options. Through a Holyoke education and the range of enrichment activities provided by the district, HPS will produce graduates who value themselves, others and their community. As students grow through their HPS career, staff will foster each student’s ability to lead with empathy and courage.

About the city of Holyoke:

Rich in history:

Once the paper manufacturing capital of the world, Holyoke has a rich history and a diverse community that contribute to the vibrancy of the Pioneer Valley, located alongside the Connecticut River.

Centrally located in Western Massachusetts:

Holyoke is located 15 minutes from Springfield, MA (the third largest city in the state), 1 hour from Hartford, 1.5 hours from Boston, and less than 3 hours from New York City.  Access to world class resources: Holyoke is surrounded by 9 colleges and universities, including UMass Amherst and Holyoke Community College, which offer varied educational opportunities and a rich cultural life.