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Holyoke High School

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Posted June 16, 2010

satified parent , students who want to learn and teachers who love to teach will be found at HHS . I truly think that HHS has been put down by surrounding communities, but the truth is we have a bunch a great kids attending HHS .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2009

Holyoke high is a great place to learn and they do offer very vigorous honors and a.p courses. The school is a lot better then the neighboring communities think. and there is a great opportunity for your child to learn about the diversity in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

If you and your child are willing to work, there are ample AP and Honors courses that are challenging and provide an education to rival the best private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Very strong educational program that many universities look for in their incoming classes. Offers a variety of AP courses and has excellent extra curricular activities program. Also ranks amongst the highest in standings for athletics in Division 1 atmosphere. It produces high quality scholar and student athletes. Holyoke is vary unrated because of the sterotype associated with the community. As an alumni of HHS, I strongly approve of this institute.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 6, 2005

This school is aweful. Although my son is an honor student, we are very dissatisfied will the schoo, the teacher and the academics!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2004

Holyoke High School is a great place for kids to learn. The teachers and programs are excellent. The school is much better then what many people think.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 16, 2004

A much better school than most people expect, especially in honors & AP class offerings. Very good extracurricular options as well. If your kid is willing to work hard he/she can get a very good education here. I graduated from HHS myself, and have had 3 kids there.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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77%

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76%

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66%
Math

The state average for Math was 80% in 2013.

272 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

2012

 
 
59%

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69%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 71% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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44%

2012

 
 
29%

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39%

2010

 
 
31%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Female87%
Male85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Title I86%
Students with disabilities58%
English language learners42%

Math

All Students70%
Female64%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Title I70%
Students with disabilities17%
English language learners16%

Science

All Students44%
Female32%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic34%
Multiracialn/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Title I44%
Students with disabilities14%
English language learners0%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

The state average for Biology was 73% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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0%

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36%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
30%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 65% in 2013.

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16%
Introductory Physics

The state average for Introductory Physics was 63% in 2013.

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Tech/Engineering

The state average for Tech/Engineering was 49% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Biology

All Students0%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title I0%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Chemistry

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Introductory Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Tech/Engineering

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Title In/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System Science and Technology/Engineering Tests (MCAS STE) to test students in high school in biology, chemistry, introductory physics and technology/engineering. The MCAS STE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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Test score rating 20131What's this?

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Below Average


College readiness rating 20133What's this?

College readiness rating combines this high school's graduation rates with data about college entrance exams, both of which are indicators of how well schools are preparing students for success in college and beyond.

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SAT participation

35%

Average SAT score

1405

Graduation rate

68%


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

3 This rating is based on composite SAT scores, SAT participation (% of 11th graders taking the SAT), and four-year adjusted graduation rates from 2012-13.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 66% 16%
White 29% 67%
Black 4% 8%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 67%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 Beech St
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: (413) 534-2020

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