Mission

The mission of the HCSS is to provide a college preparatory-focused education to the youth of every race and ethnic group in Agawam, Holyoke, Westfield, and West Springfield in a safe, academically challenging, and caring educational environment. Our promise is to sustain small school size, provide extended math and science curriculum, individualized attention, college guidance, university outreach programs, and to encourage student-teacher-parent partnership. Our mission will empower our students with the support necessary to reach their highest intellectual, emotional, social and physical potentials building on the inherent promise to aid students’ preparation for college.

Vision

The vision of the HCSS is to increase the rate of college entry of the students in Agawam, Holyoke, Westfield, and West Springfield communities with excellent learning opportunities that are exclusively designed for the college preparation in a technologically rich- environment. The vision of the HCSS is shaped around the needs of students in these districts. Due to low performance rates in math and science MCAS exams, our curriculum will mainly focus on mathematics and science education as well as other major academic areas: arts, language and social studies. The HCSS aims to decrease drop out rates and increase college entry rates in these districts. Therefore we will provide college guidance to our students and encourage all students to not just graduate but to pursue higher education. Individualized attention, tutoring, university outreach programs, social projects, and various creativity outlets such as lab projects, science fairs, debate contests, and trivia competitions will provide an enthusiastic, dynamic learning environment as well as encourage all students to think independently and creatively. The HCSS will give the most importance to the family involvement. The instructors will be committed to teaching. The HCSS will use external and internal assessment methods to measure the success rate of our students. Each year the rate of college entry will be analyzed by a committee of teachers and if it is necessary, the curriculum, the teaching methods, and the supporting modules will be improved. In addition to the fundamental academic skills, the students will gain excellent reasoning and problem solving skills. Therefore, the graduates who do not plan to attend colleges can use these skills in their future career choices.

Our Philosophy

HCSS promises to use innovatite and effective instructional methods to increase student learning and prepare students for higher education. Moreover, we aim for these teaching methods to provide a rich and interactive learning environment that enchances academic, social, and emotional functioning of the students.

Science

Middle and High School students
State and National Competitions
Chemistry Lab
Biology Lab

Technology

Chromebook Carts
SmartBoards and Smart TVs
Google Classroom
Clickers

Scholarship

Class of 2013: $4,242,000
Class of 2014: $4,564,000
Class of 2015: $8,474,000
Class of 2016: $9,031,500

Engineering

Robotics
Electronic and Programming Classes

Mathematics

Mathcounts
AMC Math Club

Athletics

Girls and Boys Soccer
Cross Country
Wrestling
Girls and Boys Basketball
Indoor Track
Cheerleading
Track and Field

"Best in the WEST"

MCAS test results have been released and HCSS students performed very well in all subjectsand grades. HCSS outperformed all the sending districts in every test at every grade and achieved the highest performance level by state. We are also the best performing charter school in the Western MA region in almost every category.

Replicating HCSS means families in Agawam, Holyoke, West Springfield, and Westfield will be able to send their students to a high achieving Level 1 school.

 

MCAS Results

Grade 6

HCSS students achieved 100% proficient or advanced scores on both the 10th grade math and English 2015 MCAS exams.

MCAS Results

Grade 7

HCSS was also ranked in top five districts in 2016 in highest Math median SGP in MCAS 10th grade exam.  

MCAS Results

Grade 8

In 2014, HCSS was recognized for having the highest SGP in 10th grade English and the second highest SGP in 2015.

MCAS Results

High School

in both 2014 and 2015, HCSS was recognized for having the highest Student Growth Percentile (SGP) in 10th grade math.

Enrollment Projection

Contact Us

HCSS West will be serving the following areas.

  1. Agawam
  2. Holyoke
  3. Westfield
  4. West Springfield.

 

For any questions, please contact us via email at info@hampdencharter.org