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, 2021. All students applying for grades 3 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 2021-2022 school year, Metcalf will be expanding to offer grades PK-7, E.N. White will offer grades PK-4, and Kelly School will offer grades K and1.
Dual Language Program school tours are available by appointment. Pleased contact Metcalf School Principal Amy Burke, Kelly School Principal Aaron Morris, or E.N. White School Principal Karyn McDermott. **Please note that all tours are currently suspended due to COVID-19.
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. For the 2021-2022 school year, Metcalf will offer the program to grades PK-7, E.N. White for grades PK-4, and Kelly for grades K-1. An additional grade is added every school year.
The plan is to grow the current dual language elementary programs through Elementary in their respective schools and develop a Middle School pathway that would 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.
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.