View video below from a recent informational session that was held for parents and other interested community members. The four linked learning academy leads (Meghan Harrison, Marcus Holt, Jake Belanger, and Joe Courchesne) presented their progress and fielded questions from the audience. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Providing a high-quality educational option for every student
The Holyoke Public Schools is transforming the high school experience to ensure that every student has a high-quality educational option, with a focus on college and careers for all students. We have developed an innovative High School Redesign Plan (pdf.)| (En Espanol) that includes strategies for improving the instruction and services offered, and providing students with the skills and tools they need to be successful in school now, and later in college and their careers. The high school redesign structure empowers students as self-directed learners ready for 21st-century workplace and college rigor. The plan, developed by nearly 100 educators, students, community members and national experts, including support from the Barr Foundation, is organized around an academy structure designed to provide “personalized learning pathways” for all students.
Our strategic plan calls for creating a series of thematic academies that will provide opportunities for students to develop a personalized learning path toward college, career or both. Built upon choice, and access to advanced educational opportunities, the plan deepens student engagement and provides families and business and civic leaders explicit opportunities to partner with educators to help guide students’ career and college plans, as well as strengthen our local economy. Importantly, our academy structure will prepare our students for the global economy and a society that demands more critical thinking and higher levels of educational achievement. It is a structure that gives our students a competitive advantage, ensuring they graduate with stackable credentials sought after by employers and colleges and universities alike. Read the High School Redesign Plan and frequently asked questions (pdf.) (En Español) (pdf.) and press release (pdf.) (En Español) (pdf.)
High School Redesign – In the News
Western Mass News – Dean Tech / Holyoke High to merge
Dr. Zrike’s blog post – Developing a New Vision of High School Education
High School Redesign Academy Leads:
Performing and Media Arts Academy – Joe Courchesne
Community and Global Studies Academy – Meghan Harrison
Medical and Life Science Academy – Jake Belanger
Technology, Engineering, and Design Academy – Marcus Holt
The Plan at a Glance