Dual Language Programs

The Holyoke Public Schools Dual Language Programs are an innovative choice that offers students the opportunity to learn in both English and Spanish (located at Metcalf and EN White schools).

Dual Language

EN White Notifies Out of Zone Applicants of any available spots in the program early August.

At this time, we are looking for students who are entering 4th grade in the fall of 2018 whose primary language is Spanish or who are bilingual for admittance to the Metcalf School Dual Language Program.  We are also accepting applications on a waiting list for the other grade levels.

To apply for the EN White Dual Language Program – In-school-zone students can register by visiting the Family and Community Engagement Center at 57 Suffolk Street. Out-of-school zone applicants, please complete the following application: Online application English / Spanish or Print application English/ Spanish Paper

To apply for the Metcalf Dual Language Program – Online application: English / Spanish or Print application: English /Spanish


Metcalf Dual Language Program and School Tours, available by appointment – Contact Principal Amy Burke

EN White Dual Language Program and School Tours, available by appointment – Contact Principal Jacqueline Glasheen

Special Features  

  • English & Spanish speaking children learn together  
  • Many bilingual and multicultural teachers with special training in second language acquisition  
  • Reading & writing taught in the child’s first language and target language   
  • Discovering others’ cultures and building friendships are hallmarks of the program


The first dual language program of the Holyoke Public Schools started during the 14-15 school year at Metcalf School with two Kindergarten classrooms. The program expanded with the addition of two 1st grade classrooms in 15-16, one PreK classroom and two 2nd Grade classrooms in 16-17, and the addition of two 3rd Grade classrooms this school year.  Also in 16-17, a second dual language program was started at EN White School with the opening of one PreK classroom. This school year the EN White program expanded with the addition of two Kindergarten classrooms.

The plan is to grow the current dual language elementary programs through Elementary in their respective schools and develop both a Middle and High School pathway that would enable students to earn the Seal of Biliteracy.  At Metcalf, the whole school will convert to being a fully dual language school while at EN White the dual language program will be a strand.

Mission Statement

The mission of HPS dual language programs is to support all students to reach high levels of academic achievement and biliteracy in a safe and engaging learning environment that values multiculturalism while preparing students for college and career.  


Vision Statement

All students in HPS dual language programs will be recognized for having high levels of academic achievement and biliteracy through rigorous standards-based instruction in Spanish and English  that enhances student motivation and engagement in their own learning.

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