Providing a high quality educational option for every student
The Holyoke Public Schools is transforming the high school experience to ensure that every student in grades 6-12 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 | (En Español) 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 (En Español) and press release (En Español)
High School Redesign
Contact: Mickey Buhl
Executive Director of Secondary Education and Pathways
The Plan at a Glance