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.
For the 2023-24 school year, the E.N. White School will have grades PreK-5, and the Kelly School will have grades PreK-3. Kelly School will continue to grow one grade level per year until they have grades PreK-5. Sullivan Middle School will continue to host our middle school pathway, and Holyoke High School North will host the high school pathway.
Dual Language Program school tours are available by appointment. Please contact Ms. Espinoza-Mufson to schedule a tour.
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.
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.
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.
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, 2023. All students applying for grades 2 and up will need to be evaluated to determine their verbal, written, and reading level in Spanish. Those students must meet the Spanish language criteria for the grade they are applying to in order to be accepted into that grade.
Students are accepted into the Dual Language Program through three lottery rounds: Round 1, Round 2, and Rolling Admission. We aim to accept an equal balance of students that are Spanish-dominant speakers, English-dominant speakers, and bilingual speakers.
Round 1 opens on February 13 and closes on March 31, 2023. This round is open to all students across the district, but priorities will be for siblings currently enrolled in the dual language program, children of HPS employees, and residents of the E.N. White and Kelly zones.
Round 2 opens on April 1 and closes on May 19th, 2023. This round is open to all students across the district.
Rolling admission opens on July 22, 2023 and is also open to all students across the district.
For the school year 2023-24, our Dual Language Pathway is expanding to Holyoke High School.