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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

HPS Success Center

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

LightHouse Holyoke

  • a program for a small number of HPS students to earn HS credits through a partnership with LightHouse Holyoke


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

Michael Buhl,
Executive Director of 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


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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