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?


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Opportunity Academy has 3 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 pilot program for a small number of HPS students to earn HS credits through a partnership with LightHouse Holyoke
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Contact Us!

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

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

Hours of Operation:
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM


Michael Buhl, Executive Director of Opportunity Academy, (mbuhl@hps.holyoke.ma.us)

Juan Maldonado, Student Coach for Opportunity Academy, (jmaldonado@hps.holyoke.ma.us)

Vivian Ostrowski, Director of Gateway to College, 413-552-2370(vostrowski@hcc.edu)

Julissa Colón, Recruitment Specialist for Gateway to College, 413-552-2013, (jcolon@hcc.edu)

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