Two Extended School Year students from Donahue smiling as they line up sided to side for a picture.

Holyoke Public Schools offered six Extended School Year programs this summer that offered a wide range of learning and social activities for qualifying students from mid July through early August.

This edition of the Holyoke Update highlights two of those programs: the Early Childhood Integrated Program housed at Donahue School for children ages 3-5 and the Excelsior Program at Jericho for students entering grades 1-12 this fall.

  • The Early Childhood Integrated Program offers theme-based curriculum emphasizing language, social, motor, and academic readiness skills. It is similar to the district’s integrated preschool program offered during the school year. Check out this one-minute video for a look at some of the fun learning activities incorporated this summer in the Early Childhood Integrated Program.
  • The Excelsior Program at Jericho offers a theme-based curriculum to help participating students maintain their academic, communication, social, and motor skills, with instruction embedded into recreational and physical activities in both indoor and outdoor settings. Check out this one-minute video that showcases some of the learning (and smiles!) from this summer’s Excelsior program.