We are now accepting applications for our 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 bi-literacy in a safe and engaging learning environment that values multiculturalism while preparing students for college and career.
Eligibility: For the dual language program, students entering preschool must be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020. All students applying for grades 3-6 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 2020-2021 school year, Metcalf will be expanding to offer grades PK-6 and E.N. White will offer grades PK-3.
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. An additional grade has been added every school year. For the 2019-20 school year, the grades are: PreK-5 at Metcalf and PreK-2 at E.N. White. For the 2020-2021 school year Metcalf will be expanding to offer grades PK-6 and E.N. White will offer grades PK-3.
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 into an exclusively dual-language school while at E.N. White dual language will be a program within the school.
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.
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.