Spanish Classes Offered to Preschoolers to Give Students an Early Advantage Text Size

Holyoke seeks to take advantage of the city’s diverse culture by offering Spanish classes to the community’s youngest students.

“I think it’s a great step in making sure we can attract and retain the students and families who go to Metcalf, a way for us to both keep students from Holyoke in Holyoke and also potentially attract kids from outside Holyoke into the city,” said Mayor Alex B. Morse.

30-minute Spanish classes will be offered to students who attend the school’s morning session, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., and for those attending the afternoon session, from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Students at a young age can begin to learn Spanish through activities and other routines working with a bilingual staff.

Holyoke School Superintendent, Dr. Sergio Páez, believes it is an important skill for students to be able to speak more than one language to “navigate multicultural environments.”

“The goal is to start developing gifted and talented programs for our kids. In the long run we need to capitalize on the language and culture we have in our city,”added Páez.

Extending the Spanish class to early elementary school grades is being considered as well.

For more information, please call Abby Serrano at (413) 534-2104 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. during the week or email Amy Burke at

For other specific questions regarding the school department please call (413) 534-2000.

Posted on September 9, 2013 by