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.
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.
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.
Middle and High School students
State and National Competitions
SmartBoards and Smart TVs
Class of 2013: $4,242,000
Class of 2014: $4,564,000
Class of 2015: $8,474,000
Class of 2016: $9,031,500
Electronic and Programming Classes
AMC Math Club
Girls and Boys Soccer
Girls and Boys Basketball
Track and Field
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.
HCSS students achieved 100% proficient or advanced scores on both the 10th grade math and English 2015 MCAS exams.
HCSS was also ranked in top five districts in 2016 in highest Math median SGP in MCAS 10th grade exam.
In 2014, HCSS was recognized for having the highest SGP in 10th grade English and the second highest SGP in 2015.
in both 2014 and 2015, HCSS was recognized for having the highest Student Growth Percentile (SGP) in 10th grade math.
will create an inviting, safe, and purposeful learning environment and maintains a friendly and wholesome atmosphere that encourages creative expression and a desire for knowledge.
will offer a small, friendly school.
will give all students an enriched academic environment and structure that encourage their growth and maturity.