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Mount Tom Academy

An Alternative Learning Program for High School Students

Comprehensive Re-opening Plan

Mount Tom Academy’s commitment is to provide quality and appropriate education for all of our children and youth. To that end, we have developed a 2020-21 plan that can meet the educational, social-emotional, and mental health needs of students, while also meeting the health and safety requirements for schools’ reopening, as established by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and based on the research and perspectives of both the educational and medical communities. 

Mount Tom Academy's Comprehensive Re-opening Plan was approved by the CES Board of Directors on August 12, 2020.


Mount Tom Academy at Holyoke Community College is an alternative learning program for high school students for whom traditional high school settings have not been successful, and may benefit from alternative placement. Students placed at the program will eventually return to their sending schools, or finish their high school work at Mount Tom Academy and then graduate from their sending school.

The program identifies the strengths, talents, and unique abilities of its participating students. Qualified high school students may pursue dual enrollment options to earn both high school and college credit.The program offers an open, diverse environment that challenges students while providing a high level of support. It employs self-directed learning methods that engage reluctant learners in their own educational process, removes students’ objections to studying and learning, and promotes achievement among students who would otherwise be likely to drop out of school.

This innovative program encourages independent study using computer-assisted coursework, study and mastery goals that are customized weekly, vocational assessment, and counseling. Students are encouraged to explore and appreciate the personal freedom and responsibility of attending high school on a college campus. The staff to student ratio is 1:5. Support is provided to each student in an effort to develop a clear pathway to the completion of a high school diploma or a GED. Success is measured by each student passing the MCAS and graduating from high school. Many graduates are accepted into area colleges.

The Mount Tom Academy program can provide: 

  • an alternative pathway to a high school diploma for disconnected youth
  • trauma-informed instruction
  • personalized instruction designed to maximize academic achievement
  • social emotional learning support for students experiencing mental health and behavioral health challenges
  • evidence-based instructional approaches in a small setting
  • frequent one-on-one support
  • opportunities to succeed in advanced courses and dual enrollment
  • blended learning instruction in standards aligned courses
  • an opportunity for students who are academically strong but struggle with self-motivation and personal accountability

CES Schools and services prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation and ensures that all students have equal rights of access and equal enjoyment of the opportunities, advantages, privileges, and courses of study.

Students

To learn more about our curriculum and success rates, click here.

Guidance Counselors

To learn more about the populations we serve and answers to common questions about enrollment, click here.

Parents

To learn more about applying to Mount Tom Academy, click here

For more information, contact: 
Position: 
Deputy Director
Phone: 
413.586.4900 x5963
Email: 
kreuter@collaborative.org