Student Pathways

Find your pathway to success at Holyoke Public Schools.

We celebrate the individuality of every student. At Holyoke Public Schools, we know that students do best when they pursue their passions and are trusted to pick their pathway. We asked eight of our outstanding students about their pathways and plans.

Meet Jason, Nekisha, Ryan, Jorge, Ciecola, Josiah, Miranda, and Jaylene!

HHS North Campus female student smiling, wearing a black graphic tee shirt 2019 Rising Star.

“My personal plan would be, to work in some sort of performing arts, but I do plan on going to college either for performing arts or public communication.” 

– Julia M. Cahill

Donahue School male student wearing a white tee shirt smiling 2019 Rising Star.

“What I hope is that I go to college to be a judge and play sports.”

– Sadiel Cabrera

Holyoke High School female student smiling wearing a black and white striped shirt 2019 Rising Star.

“In the future, I plan on going to a four year college. I’ve thought of teaching, physical therapy, nutrition, or biomedical engineer.” 

– Paige E. Brainard

McMahon School male student in gray sweatshirt in front of sign 2019 Rising Star

“My hopes in the future are to graduate from McMahon, go to high school, get a scholarship, and hopefully study for business.” 

– Isaac Rosado Cruz 

Stem Academy female student smiling wearing a purple Holyoke athletic shirt 2019 Rising Star.

“I want to be an engineer… and I hope to have a good job in that field.” 

– Marialis Camacho 

HHS Dean Campus male student smiling in the hallway wearing a blue tee shirt 2019 Rising Star.

“I really hope that I can succeed in co-op working in a body shop.“ 

– Emmanuel J. Salamanca 

Peck School female student smiling wearing a black polo shirt 2019 Rising Star

“In the future I want to be really successful just like my brother and my dad. I would like to open a company one day.“ 

– Leyska M. Rodriguez Melendez 

Kelly School male student smiling wearing a white polo shirt 2019 Rising Star.

“I’m hoping to be a chemical engineer.“ 

– Adrian Rivera Oliveras

Donahue School female student wearing a jean jacket and headband smiling 2019 Rising Star.

“In college I want to be a judge, I want to get a law degree. I just want everybody to have justice in the world.” 

– Dioanna Davis

Sullivan School female student with glasses smiling, wearing a green polo shirt and khaki pants 2019 Rising Star

“Going forward I am going to focus on my school work and… in college I am going to study to become a surgeon.” 

– Deborah I. Rosario Rodriguez 

Peck School male student with glasses smiling, wearing a green long sleeved polo shirt 2019 Rising Star

“In the future I plan on being a police officer.” 

– Andrew P. Bonnett

HHS Dean Campus female student smiling in hallway in front of Dean Tech banner, wearing a white blouse and black skirt 2019 Rising Star

“I definitely want to attend college, major in criminal justice, and give back to my community.“

 – Tiffany M. Garcia Osorio

HHS North Campus male student smiling in hallway wearing a grey sweatshirt 2019 Rising Star.

“I’ve always wanted to attend UMass after I graduate from Holyoke High School and I want to come back here and help all of the students that would need help.” 

– Devin Luciano

HHS Dean Campus female student with glasses smiling, wearing a pink tee shirt and sweatshirt, leaning against a locker 2019 Rising Star.

“I want to be a trauma surgeon and I want to pursue my goal of going to medical school.“ 

– Yazmine M. Rodriguez

HHS North Campus Male student smiling, wearing a dark blue shirt with a tan jacket 2019 Rising Star.

“I’ll be going away to college. I will be studying psychology and hopefully minor in PT .” 

– Darius Diaz

Meet the 2019 Rising Stars and Learn about their Career Goals

We have developed a strategic plan for transforming the high school experience to ensure that every student in grades 6-12 have a high quality educational option, with a focus on college and careers for all students. Built upon choice, and access to advanced educational opportunities, the plan deepens student engagement, and provides families, business and civic leaders explicit opportunities to partner with educators to help guide students’ career and college plans.  Read more about the innovative strategic plan.

Sample of programs for students:

Seeking advanced courses-

  • Reduced-price college courses at Holyoke Community College, Westfield State, and UMass Amherst
  • Growth of Advanced Placement offerings at Holyoke High School

Interested in vocational pathways-

  • Automotive
  • Culinary
  • Health Sciences
  • Machine Manufacturing
  • Cosmetology
  • Electrical
  • Construction
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Computer Programming
  • Web Design

Interested in the arts-

  • School musicals and plays
  • Sample of school clubs: Anime Club, Art Club, Band, Choir, Drama Club, Yearbook, Photography Club
  • Lectures and workshops with local authors and artists
Contact the Student Enrollment and Family Empowerment Center at 413-534-2055, to learn about new initiatives and programs at Holyoke Public Schools and how to support your children in their pathway to success.
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