A historic day for the Holyoke school system. Hundreds of 9th graders signed up to attend one of the four newly established high school academies, two located at Holyoke High School, the others at Dean Tech.

Students 22News spoke with apparently know which academy will prepare them best for their future.
Cormad Norton, who chose Technology Engineering ad Design Academy, told 22News, “Because I think its best for me working with computers. I feel happy and excited.”

The programs offered range from science and technology to the performing arts and community involvement.

Nadia Rodriguez wants to go to Community and Global Studies Academy. She told 22News, “Because I really want to show that I have a heart for my community and I want to make changes for whatever reason and where I was born.”

Holyoke educators insist they weighed all the factors involved before making these history making decision away from the more traditional two high school system.

“We’ve been working for years to develop the base academy that will tap into student’s interests motivation and passions,” said Superintendent Dr. Stephen Zrike.

The class of 2021 will be the first class to graduate having attended the academy program for all four years. It begins in the fall.