Holyoke High School 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) and Engineering and Life Sciences Academy (ELS).
Engineering & Life Sciences Academy
The Engineering and Life Sciences Academy will provide opportunities for students to dive into fields of engineering, health care, public health, and environmental science. Students in engineering will use the engineering design process to examine our world and problem solve to create designs for everything they encounter. Students in the areas of life science will explore and learn within the growing fields of biological sciences, healthcare, nutrition, and sustainable practices. Partnerships with area colleges such as HCC, Westfield State University, and UMass, and companies such as the Pioneer Valley Coral and Natural Science Institute and the Holyoke Medical Center will provide extensive opportunities to do field work and community based projects and research as well as advanced college study.
ELS is the newest academy offered at the high school as part of the High School Redesign Update. It was created by merging the Technology, Engineering, and Design (TED) and the Medical Life Sciences (MLS) Academies on the North Campus into one academy: the Engineering and Life Sciences (ELS) Academy. Students in this academy will still have the same access to technical courses related to engineering, medicine and environmental science.
Community & Global Studies
The Community & Global Studies Academy provides pathways designed around the study of law and criminal justice, public policy, and ethnic studies leading students to examine the foundations of our society while connecting it with the world. This academy fosters unity and community, which drives local and global policy. This pathway includes opportunities to extend the learning in connected programs at area colleges such as HCC, Westfield State University, and UMass, as well as through partnerships with area businesses and organizations such as the Holyoke Police Department, the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, Radioplasma, Nueva Esperanza, Nuestras Raíces, Enlace De Familias, and Wistariahurst Museum.
Performing & Media Arts
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Holyoke MA 01040
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