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Summer Acceleration Academy

HHS North Campus 

The HHS North Summer Acceleration Academy will be taking place from August 2nd-August 6th. The program will run 8:30 am-12:30 pm each day, and students can choose from seven different projects. Options include english, math, history, and science. Students who complete the academy will earn 2.5 credits and Holyoke apparel. If you are interested or have any questions, reach out to Mr. Cotto at mcotto@hps.holyoke.ma.us.

HHS Dean Campus 

Do you want to learn more about playing college basketball, Bad Bunny, how behavior is influenced by color, or finding your voice through poetry? Do you want to take a college-style course that will help you increase your English, math, or science skills and prepare you for the next level of education? Sign-up for this opportunity to take a one-week course in a college-style, hands-on environment. Sign up here!

Freshmen Orientation

HHS North Campus 

Holyoke High School North is excited to welcome back all of our students. We are planning orientations for the first week of school for all of our 9th and 10th-grade students as we know that many of you will be new to learning in the building. 9th and 10th-grade students are teamed on the North Campus and each team will have an orientation experience for students.

During your orientation, we will:

  • Get to know each other and build relationships so we can work together successfully this year and all your years in high school.

  • Tour the campus so you know how to navigate the building confidently.

  • Explore the different opportunities on the North Campus and allow you time to think about what you want to join.

  • Explain expectations for core classes and all classes and identify the key academic behaviors and mindsets that will help you to be successful.

  • Demonstrate how to use Google Classroom so you can use it successfully throughout the year for your learning.

HHS Dean Campus 

Join us for Dean’s first-ever freshmen orientation Aug. 10-12! Discover what your school has to offer, connect with teachers and future classmates, and explore the opportunities waiting for you. You’ll have the chance to get to know the building before other students arrive, go over your schedule, and really get a feel for high school! We will also be providing transportation and lunch. Sign up today!

For more information, call Laurie Denis at (413) 534-2071 ext. 4190, or Norma Palacios at (413) 534-2071 ext. 4152.

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About Holyoke High School

Students at Holyoke High School (HHS) receive in-depth, well-rounded, MassCore-aligned education that provides them with exposure to a wide array of college and career opportunities in the area of their emerging interests and community-based learning opportunities. HHS is a community rooted in tradition and in its commitment to providing students with a world-class learning experience designed to prepare them for college, career, and community leadership. 

HHS consists of three campuses: Dean, North and Opportunity Academy.  All campuses serve students in grades 9-12, and students at both campuses have access to the full high school experience.

The Dean Campus hosts the school’s nine career vocational technical education programs

Learn more about what these programs have to offer

North Campus hosts a comprehensive academic program, featuring three linked-learning academies that focus on a specific series of courses, work-based experiences, (such as job shadowing and internships with local companies), and projects. Each academy also includes regular curriculum courses — English language arts, math, science and social studies. The three linked-learning academies include:

  • Community and Global Studies (CGS)
  • Performing and Media Arts (PMA)
  • Engineering and Life Sciences Academy (ELS)

Learn more about what students gain from each linked-learning academy.


The Opportunity Academy Campus offers a set of alternative high school pathways that allow students to continue or restart on a pathway to a diploma if they are not succeeding at Holyoke High School North or Dean Campus.  Students can earn high school credits, prepare themselves to pass the MCAS, and graduate with a Holyoke Public Schools Diploma. Opportunity Academy’s three different programs include:

  • Gateway to College where students can earn HS and college credit
  • HPS Success Center, a combined program for HS students & adult learners.
  • LightHouse Holyoke, a program for a small number of HPS students to earn HS credits through a partnership with LightHouse Holyoke.

Learn more about what Opportunity Academy offers to students.

Both Dean and North Campus feature our Freshman Academy  structure, and multiple opportunities for early college and dual enrollment in college classes.   The North campus hosts Early College programs in partnership with Westfield State University and Holyoke Community College.  Students who are new to the English language and the country can enroll in the Newcomer Program on the North Campus. 


Lori McKenna
Holyoke High School North Campus Principal

500 Beech Street
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 534-2020/21 Ext. 1107
Fax: (413) 534-2098 

Hours: 7:40 AM – 2:25 PM, Wednesdays early release 1:35 PM

Alan Gates
Holyoke High School Dean Campus Principal
1045 Main Street, Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 534-2071/72
Fax: (413) 536-9694

Hours: 7:40 AM – 2:25 PM, Wednesdays early release 1:35 PM

Michael Buhl
Executive Director of Opportunity Academy
Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center
206 Maple Street
Phone: 413-552-2916

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:25 AM-3:00 PM

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The Herald

“I genuinely think there isn’t another high school where you can go to get such an amazing educational experience. As students, we are offered so many programs and academic opportunities to take advantage of — it’s very versatile.”

“It’s also easy to develop relationships with the staff at HHS, which means you’d never go unnoticed in any of your classes.”

– Salome Moreno, HHS Student

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