57 Suffolk Street, 1st Floor
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 534-2000, Option 1
FAX: (413) 534-2037
Chapter 74 Nonresident Student Tuition Program (for vocational technical education)
Holyoke Public Schools is a PreK-12 public school district serving nearly 5,000 students and their families. We educate and support a richly diverse community of learners. One of our core beliefs is: Students are at the center of everything we do. We are committed to recruiting and retaining top-quality educators who believe all children can and will learn and who strive daily to make school a joyful place of discovery, support, and belonging. We have a variety of opportunities to engage students in school, including hands-on learning, music, arts, STEM, dual language, world language, sports and athletics, and dual enrollment. We are excited for you to be a part of our community!
Proof of Child’s Age (e.g., birth certificate, passport)
Lead Test (Required for kindergarten and preschool enrollment)
Child’s physical health exam (within the last year)
Parent/Guardian Photo ID: valid driver’s license, MA ID, passport, etc.
2 Proofs of address in Holyoke, including 1 from EACH category:
Evidence of Residency: Mortgage statement, signed lease, etc.
Evidence of Occupancy: Utility bill in your name dated within 60 days
Enrollment form filled out and submitted here (We can help you fill this out.)
Special Education Documentation (copy of IEP or 504 plan)
Legal Guardianship Documentation
Proof that the adult is seeking guardianship (copy of petition form for guardianship)
To enroll in Kindergarten, children MUST be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023.
Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document.
Holyoke High School Dean Campus has special eligibility requirements. Visit the Dean webpage for their application and admissions policy. If your child is interested in enrolling in a career-technical program that HPS does not offer, a Chapter 74 Vocational Technical Education Non-Resident Tuition Form must be completed, and the following steps are taken:
Part I and Part II of the form must be received by the Receiving District for completion by MARCH 1.
Part III of the form must be forwarded to the District of Residence for Completion by April 1
*NOTE: APPROVAL OF THIS APPLICATION DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION TO THE RECEIVING SCHOOL
To determine your child's school assignment based on your home address, click the link below to access our interactive map. Once on the map page, locate the search bar in the top right-hand corner and enter your Holyoke city address.
Contact the Enrollment Center to find out which schools and programs have space available! You can send an email to email@example.com, or you can call (413) 534-2000, option 1. We offer a variety of programs such as part-day, full-day, dual language, and Valley Opportunity Council operated PreK. We offer free preschool at Donahue, E.N. White, Kelly, Lawrence, McMahon, and Morgan schools. To be eligible for traditional preschool, students must be at least 3 years old and a resident of Holyoke. We happily enroll students throughout the school year as long as they are at least 3 years old at the time of enrollment.
Families: Do you have a child who speaks mostly Spanish or is bilingual? The Dual Language program could be perfect for them.
Families interested in enrolling students in the district’s Dual Language Program should reach out to the Enrollment Center to find out if there is space available in the school and grade that their child is entering..
Contact the Enrollment Center today at (413) 534-2000! “Research suggests that bilingual children function intellectually at a higher level than children who speak, read and write in one language.” The Astounding Effectiveness of Dual Language Education for All Virginia P. Collier and Wayne P. Thomas, George Mason University, 2003.
Program Benefits – Students become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural. During their elementary school years, most students will be able to read a book independently, solve a complex math problem, ask inquiry-based questions and hold a conversation in both languages! Students who follow this pathway will be able to earn a Seal of Biliteracy from the State of Massachusetts before High School graduation.
This program is held at three locations. For the school year 2023-24, E.N. White will offer grades PK-5, Kelly will offer PK-3, and Sullivan School will offer grades 6-8.
Eligibility: The dual language program requires students entering preschool to be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2023. (On a case by case basis, and if space is available, 3-year-old Spanish-speaking students may be enrolled.) All students applying for grades 1-8 must be evaluated to determine their eligibility based on their verbal, written, and reading level in Spanish. Those students must meet the Spanish language criteria for the grade they are applying to be accepted into that grade. Students entering preschool and kindergarten do not need to meet any eligibility requirements other than age.