Middle school students deserve experiences, tailored to their developmental stage, as they progress from elementary school towards high school. We are enhancing the middle school experience for all middle school students by offering more enrichment programming, designed to strengthen their academic and social emotional skills and engage them more deeply in school. For example, since 2016, we partnered with Holyoke Codes to offer a computer science coding experience to students in grades 7 – 8.
We have also introduced new middle school models. In fall 2016, we piloted and then expanded the Personal Pathway Program (P3) at Peck, a personalized learning program based off the Summit Schools model in California. In fall 2018, we also opened two new middle school options by co-locating with existing schools. Veritas Prep Holyoke is run by an in-district operator (which currently runs one of the state’s highest performing schools in Springfield) and Holyoke STEM Academy is run by HPS and was a theme selected due to community interest and alignment to the high school linked learning academies.
After an analysis and community process to solicit feedback on our PreK-8 portfolio of schools, we are working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and City of Holyoke to pursue the design and construction (pending voter approval) of two new middle schools on a site next to the current Lawrence School and to replace the current Peck Middle School.
Here is more information about our middle school options…
Holyoke STEM Academy is a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) school, where students engage in hands-on learning, such as coding and robotics, and develop strong problem solving and communication skills. STEM Academy is a potential pipeline into two of our science-themed linked learning academies at Holyoke High School.
Veritas Prep Holyoke is a college prep middle school, where our close-knit community sets high expectations for all students and provides them with daily tutoring and customized supports.
P3, Personal Pathway Program is a personalized learning program, where every student engages in project-based learning, masters a college and career preparatory curriculum at his/her own pace and is mentored by teachers to develop habits of success
Middle School Options for Out of Zone Students
We will begin accepting applications for SY19-20 in June. If you are interested in joining one of these middle school options for SY18-19, visit the Student Enrollment and Family Empowerment Center to submit an application for the waitlist.
Recent Press Releases and News Coverage –
Press release 8-30-18 -Holyoke Gets Green Light from State to Move Forward with Designing Two New Middle School Buildings
WWLP News 8-30-18 – State approves designing of 2 new middle school buildings in Holyoke
Masslive News 8-26-18 – Holyoke Public Schools launch middle school programs
The Sun 3-15-18 – Two new middle schools to open
WesternMass News 3-12-18 – Holyoke Public School District holds informational session on new middle schools
The Sun 3-9-18 – Big changes ahead for middle schools
Masslive News 3-8-2018 – 2 new middle schools to open in existing buildings in Holyoke
Community Provides Input on Proposed New Middle School Buildings – View video…
We have held three community meetings to gather input on the designs for the construction of two new middle schools. If you weren’t able to attend, click here to the video of the October meeting is available below. Meeting attendees were able to look at designs, view a presentation, and share ideas.
Middle School Redesign: