High School Linked-Learning Academies

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Academy Overview

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

The Performing & Media Arts Academy provides a pathway specially designed for students that have an interest in all areas of Theater, Music, Film, TV, Writing, Photojournalism, and Marketing & Public Relations. Students are empowered to explore all areas of performing and media arts, based on their individual needs, through diverse subject matter. The PMA academy fosters creativity, ingenuity, and collaboration while offering opportunities to extend learning by engaging students in field experiences such as viewing live performances and touring backstage’s of theater, taking master classes from professional actors and musicians and visiting media outlets in the surrounding area. This pathway includes opportunities to extend the learning in connected programs at area colleges such as  Mt. Holyoke College, HCC, and Westfield State University, as well as through partnerships with area businesses and organizations such as Holyoke Media, WWLP, and WMAS.

Other Offerings

Other offerings for high school students are the Freshman Academy (for ninth-grade students), Newcomer Program (for those new to the English language and the country), and Opportunity Academy (for students in need of an alternative pathway to graduation).

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