Mount Tom Academy

An Alternative High School at HCC

Mount Tom Academy at Holyoke Community College is an alternative high school for students at risk of dropping out of school. The program is designed specifically to serve students who have been unsuccessful in traditional high school settings and may benefit from alternative placement.

Alternative Education Programs

Alternative education programs that address gaps for students with unique needs


Opportunities for Giving

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Information for Guidance Counselors

Information for Guidance Counselors

Mount Tom Academy serves students from school districts throughout the Pioneer Valley.

Sending districts have in the past included Gateway Regional, Hatfield, Northampton, Easthampton, Agawam, Granby, Gateway Regional and Hadley.

Students considering our program should:

Information for Parents

Information for Parents

The first step for applying for admission to Mount Tom Academy is to schedule an appointment with the guidance counselor at your student’s high school. The counselor can provide instructions and help with your application, which must inculde:

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Information for Students

An Alternative High School Setting

9 Graduate from CES Alternative Education Program

NORTHAMPTON: Nine students from HEC Academy, the alternative learning program at the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) graduated last Friday. Ceremonies took place at Sage Hall, Smith College.

Alternative Learning Programs

We offer to students and their sending schools a comprehensive system of services, with a solid reputation for successful preparation of students for MCAS testing, vocational preparedness, re-entry into regular public schools as appropriate, and post-high school college placement. CES programs are approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education.

Who We Serve

Students are at the heart of our work