We are proud to share the progress Holyoke Public Schools (HPS) has made since the launch of the district’s turnaround plan in 2015. HPS is a diverse, caring community that puts students’ needs first and foremost. In the face of unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the district has deepened its commitments to provide all Holyoke students access to a full range of opportunities in life, career, and college. With perseverance and resilience, Holyoke students are closing the gaps with the rest of the state in their growth on state academic assessments. More Holyoke students are graduating with high school diplomas that represent their mastery of 21st century skills, gained through learning experiences connected with the work of the world.
At the core of our turnaround efforts is our belief that extraordinary change is possible when we are all working together and putting students at the center of everything we do. As our new district tagline proclaims, Juntos Podemos! Together We Can!
While HPS has made steady progress in some key areas over the past seven years, we must continue to strive for all students to achieve grade-level proficiency in all subjects. During the 2021-22 school year, HPS developed a new multi-year strategic plan entitled “Moving Forward Together,” to build upon existing strengths and tackle the challenges ahead with urgency.1 More than 1,500 members of the Holyoke community contributed their voices to this plan, through a yearlong process of community engagement led by Receiver Anthony Soto. By re-engaging community stakeholders with the strategic priorities of the district’s turnaround work, the Moving Forward Together process has strengthened the coalition that will sustain the district’s turnaround successes going forward.