Dual Language Program

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, 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 has grades PK-7, E.N. White has grades PK-4, and Kelly School has grades K and 1.

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.

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.

Dual Language program in the news…

View these Videos to see the Dual Language Program in Action…

Dual Language PreK at EN White School

Dual Language PreK at EN White School (En Español)

EN White Dual Language / The Great Kapok Tree

Dual Language PreK Students Present at School Committee

two young female students working together and reading a textbook dual language program metcalf 2018
Dual Language
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