Dual Language Program

Contact

Laura Espinoza-Mufson, Dual Language Program Coordinator

lemufson@hps.holyoke.ma.us

All interested families wishing to have their children participate in the dual language program will be given the opportunity to opt into the lottery by completing an application online at www.enrollholyoke.com by any of the three deadlines. A lottery will be held at the end of each deadline.

2022-2023 Dual Language Program Lottery & Enrollment Outline

About the HPS Dual Language Program

The Holyoke Public Schools is proud to offer families a program choice that gives students the opportunity to learn in both English and Spanish. In this innovative program model, students are taught all grade level subjects in both languages every day.  The goal of the program is to reach high levels of academic achievement, bilingualism, and biliteracy in a safe and engaging learning environment that values multiculturalism while preparing students for college and career.  

The dual language program is right for all students. Whether your child is English dominant, Spanish dominant, already bilingual, not exposed to either language,  on an IEP, not on an IEP, etc. The requirements are that students entering preschool must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2022. All students applying for grades 2 and up will need to be evaluated to determine their verbal, written, and reading level in Spanish. Students must meet the Spanish language criteria for the grade they are applying to in order to be accepted into that grade.

For the 2022-2023 school year, Metcalf has grades PK-8, E.N. White has grades PK-5, and Kelly School has grades K-2.

Dual Language Program school tours are available by appointment. Please contact Metcalf School Principal Amy Burke, Kelly School Principal Aaron Morris, or E.N. White School Principal Karyn McDermott. 

Mission Statement

Through a lens of equity and justice, all Dual Language students reach high levels of academic achievement and emerge as bilingual, biliterate, and multicultural learners.

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.

Background

The first dual language program of the Holyoke Public Schools started during the 2014-2015 school year at Metcalf School with two Kindergarten classrooms.  In 2016-2017, the program expanded to E.N. White School with the opening of one PreK classroom and the program has continued to grow. In 2020-2021 the program was implemented at Kelly School for Kindergarten.

The plan is to continue to grow the current dual language elementary and middle school programs, and develop a 4 year High School pathway to enable students to earn the Seal of Biliteracy.  At Metcalf, the whole school has converted into an exclusively dual-language school while at E.N. White and Kelly offer dual language as a program within the school.