Mount Tom Academy

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Mount Tom Academy

We Believe That Every Student Can Learn and Succeed

Mount Tom Academy is a student centered, individualized pathway to high school graduation and beyond, matched to each student’s own learning style, in a small classroom setting. 

The Academy was founded in 1999 and is a program of the Collaborative for Educational Services. Through a partnership with Holyoke Community College, Mount Tom Academy is located on the HCC campus..

Students at the Academy have agency in making a plan for themselves, and learning how they learn best. Their individualized plans include both the academic and emotional support needed. The program identifies the strengths, talents, and unique abilities of its participating students. Student progress is assessed, goals monitored and plans adjusted all the way along the line, so that the program can be responsive. 

At Mount Tom Academy, students have an opportunity to develop their voice, learning to articulate what it is that they need.

Our Approach

The program accommodates a wide variety of learning styles, and students and teachers work together to build individual learning plans and schedules for the completion of schoolwork. Coursework is matched to the sending high school’s curriculum. The Academy encourages independent study using computer-assisted coursework, study and mastery goals that are customized weekly, coaching, and activities in community service, enrichment, art, and music. With a high staff to student ratio, we offer significant one on one support if needed. 

Qualified teachers provide instruction and remediation, and the program offers a range of resources including standard high school textbooks, online APEX Software and additional resources, and college level Dual Enrollment opportunities. Teachers also develop project based learning lessons for students. Coursework about social-emotional skills is an important part of the curriculum, and students work both individually and together in groups, depending on the subject matter. Sharing builds community, and it cultivates a group that connects in a new way with each other.

Qualified high school students may pursue dual enrollment options to earn both high school and college credit. For dual enrollment, students must be in their junior or senior year of high school and be ready for college-level work. Students must also take HCC’s Computerized Placement Test.  

Part of the Holyoke Community College environment 

Students are encouraged to explore and appreciate the personal freedom and responsibility of attending high school on a college campus. All students receive college identification cards and may be assigned parking privileges. Students share in the full college setting that includes the cafeteria, library, and entry to lecture series, theater performances and presentations as they are available. Transportation is provided by the student’s family, the student, or the sending school district.

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.


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For more information, contact: 
Deputy Director
413.586.4900 x5963