Opportunity Academy

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Resources for Students, Staff, and Families


About Opportunity Academy

Opportunity Academy is a set of alternative high school pathways that allow students to continue or restart on a pathway to a diploma if they are not succeeding at Holyoke High School.  You can earn high school credits, prepare yourself to pass the MCAS, and graduate with a Holyoke Public Schools Diploma.

  • Do you need an alternative to Holyoke High School?
  • Did the large high schools not work for you?
  • Did you drop out but want to get back and receive a diploma?
  • Do you have dreams for your future & need a diploma to achieve them?

We have a pathway for you!

Opportunity Academy’s Three Different Programs

Gateway to College

  • offered to HPS students on HCC campus
  • students can earn HS and college credit and a Holyoke High School diploma

HPS Success Center

  • a combined program for HS students & adult learners
  • students can complete their Holyoke High School diploma
  • adults can prepare to pass the HiSET and earn a GED

LightHouse Holyoke

  • a program for a small number of Holyoke Public Schools students to earn a Holyoke High School diploma at LightHouse Holyoke


We want to help! Any student who needs an alternative path to a diploma should contact us.

Geoffrey Schmidt
Executive Director of Opportunity Academy

Christopher Smidy
Lead Engagement Specialist for Opportunity Academy

Juan Maldonado
Student Coach for Opportunity Academy

Angela Morales
Manager of Operations for Opportunity Academy

Vivian Ostrowski
Director of Gateway to College

Julissa Colón
Recruitment Specialist for Gateway to College

Catherine Gobron
Executive Director of Lighthouse Holyoke


Opportunity Academy
Picknelly Adult and Family Education Center
206 Maple Street
Holyoke, Massachusetts  01040
Phone: 413-552-2916

Hours of Operation:
8:25 AM – 3:00 PM

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