Information for Guidance Counselors

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:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 22,
  • Be unsuccessful in a traditional high school setting,
  • Have completed at least one year of high school, and
  • Demonstrate maturity and a willingness to attend classes in a college environment.


  • Total enrollment in the program is usually between 15 and 20 students.
  • Admission is on a rolling basis and may occur throughout the school year.
  • Students are expected to not have significant behavioral issues and to be able to function in the college setting.
  • Students remain on the sending high school’s rolls and upon completion of Mount Tom Academy receive high school diplomas from the sending school.
  • Mount Tom Academy follows the regular high school calendar and matches vacation schedules.
  • Grades and attendance are reported to schools regularly.
  • Mount Tom Academy’s rules for behavior and attendance match high school and college expectations.

Qualified teachers provide instruction and remediation, and the program offers a range of resources including standard high school textbooks, the online ALEKS learning program, Kahn Academy, and the college level Plato online learning system. The Plato system offers remediation practice, review of material, accelerated learning and methods for credit recovery.

FAQs for Guidance Counselors

  1. Do you take students on IEPs?
    Mount Tom Academy does not provide special education services. The program will take students who have IEPs provided the IEP is re-written to a 504 plan, which allows Mount Tom Academy to meet specific accessibility requirements. Upon completion of the Academy, the student returns to the sending school to graduate and the 504 is rewritten to an IEP.
  2. Who provides transportation?
    Transportation is typically provided by the school district or the student’s family. Some students take PVTA buses or drive themselves.
  3. Can students only enroll during certain times of the year?
    No, Mount Tom Academy accepts students at any point during the year.
For more information, contact: 
Program Coordinator
413.586.4900 x5263