Academics

No matter the student, Holland Public Schools offer programs that are right for them.

Mathematicians and musicians. Readers, writers and robotics enthusiasts. The curious and the creative. All students find a place that fits their needs and a path that nurtures their interests. The breadth of our programming is matched only by the diversity of the students that learn, grow and succeed here.

-Matt Stolz
Associate Superintendent of School Improvement


Learn more about the Academic programs that help make Holland Public Schools Right for You!:

Early College

Holland Early College offers an exciting choice for 9th-13th grade students. Located within Holland High, Holland Early College offers enrolled students the opportunity to earn a Holland High diploma while also earning up to 62 transferable college credits.  In some cases, students graduate with an Associate's Degree.

In partnership with Davenport University, students are able to begin exploring a general applied associate's degree or begin career pathways in technology, engineering, health fields, or a developing teacher preparation program. Alumni of this program have obtained successful careers and/or are continuing their post-secondary education in pursuits of four-year degrees.

Learn more about Holland Early College.

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment allows students  to enroll in college courses for credit prior to high school graduation. College credits earned through dual enrollment can be simultaneously applied toward high school and college graduation and can be transferred to other colleges or universities. 

HPS participates in the Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act (PSEO) and, therefore, provides payment per the per pupil spending allowance for eligible course(s).

Learn more about Dual Enrollment.

Careerline Tech Center

Holland Public partner with Careerline Tech Center to help students prepare for the future.

Recognizing that all students learn differently, the Tech Center offers a variety of options. If college is the goal, direct credit options and articulation agreements with area colleges allow students to earn college credits while taking a Tech Center class. State and national certifications can also be earned in classes like Engineering, Mechatronics/Robotics, Healthcare, and Web & Game Development.

 

 

Fine Arts

Band/Orchestra

Choir

Theater

Visual Arts

1:1 Technology

STEM

STEM

All K-8th grade students at HPS have a STEM class. This starts in Kindergarten, and goes through 8th grade. STEM focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in a hands-on integrated way.  K-5 grade students have STEM once a week, 6th and 7th grade students have STEM every day, and 8th graders take STEM as an elective.

Project Lead the Way

Project Lead the Way

3-Year Project Lead the Way Pathway 

Introduction to Engineering Design

Students dig deep into the engineering design process, applying math, science, and engineering standards to hands-on projects. They work both individually and in teams to design solutions to a variety of problems using 3-D modeling software, and use an engineering notebook to document their work.

Principles of Engineering

Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of structures and materials, and automation. Students develop skills in problem solving, research, and design while learning strategies for design process documentation, collaboration, and presentation.

Transitional Kindergarten

ESL

Two Way Bilingual Immersion

4th & 5th Grade Challenge Program

Holland Public Schools recognizes the unique academic needs of all learners. This includes providing appropriate challenges for students with advanced capabilities. At Holland High our extensive Advanced Placement course offerings and dual-enrollment options allow our students access to additional challenges. Holland Middle School will offer a variety of advanced classes for 6th through 8th graders. In the fall of 2018, our restructured K-5 schools will feature the Challenge Program for academically advanced 4th and 5th grade learners.

What are the requirements for students to participate in the Challenge Program?

Entry into the Challenge Program is based on a combination of scores from the STAR Reading and STAR Math assessments as well as input from classroom teachers. Students scoring at or above the 86th percentile on either STAR Reading or STAR Math with a score no lower than the 80th percentile on the other test are invited to take part in the program.

Where and when does the Challenge Program take place?

The program is offered at all 4 of the K-5 schools (West, Heights, Jefferson, and HLA). It is a “Pull-Out” program in that students will leave their general ed classrooms several times a week for Challenge Program instruction. Each building has a designated instructional space for the program although at times the classroom will be used for other programs as well.

Describe the the classroom experience for students in the Challenge Program:

Students in the Challenge Program work on cross-curricular projects, academic competitions, and develop their cognitive abilities in a rigorous and engaging setting. The program’s focus is on collaboration, problem-solving, and creative thinking through high quality project-based learning experiences.

Will the Challenge Program require students to do additional work or homework?

Rather than doing MORE work, the program is focused on students having an opportunity to engage in DIFFERENT work. The projects are designed to primarily occur in class. However, students may, at times, commit to completing some important project components outside of class due to time constraints and/or additional resources that may be available at home. Work missed from the regular ed classroom while participating in the Challenge Program will be made up at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Classroom teachers are encouraged to limit makeup work to the essentials and short reviews whenever possible.

Who will be the instructor for the Challenge Program?

The Challenge Program will be facilitated by Ryan Harrell. Ryan is moving to this position after spending the last 7 years teaching 8th grade at Holland Early College. Prior to his time at HEC, Ryan was the lead instructor for the former HPS Gifted & Talented Program. He has a M.A.Ed. in Educational Differentiation from Grand Valley State University and a strong background in project-based learning (PBL). Ryan’s passion for PBL and challenging young learners is greatly influenced by his summer position as the Waterfront Director at Adirondack Camp in upstate New York. He spends his summers there along with his wife and 4 boys.

My child was selected for the Challenge Program but does not want to participate. Is the program mandatory?

The Challenge Program is not mandatory but we feel that it is an essential educational experience for high achieving students. Should you decide not to participate in the Challenge Program, please arrange to meet with your child’s classroom teacher and Mr. Harrell to determine the best course of action.

Will students miss specials in order to participate in the Challenge Program?

Scheduling across 4 different buildings is very difficult. We’ve done our best to try to avoid conflicts with specials, but in a few cases a student may miss all or part of a special.

Will Mr. Harrell be available for conferences?

During K-5 conference times Mr. Harrell will be available. He will communicate his open times and locations to parents.

Contact Information:

Ryan Harrell4/5 Challenge Program FacilitatorHolland Public Schools email Mr. Harrell

Challenge Program's website


Curriculum

Holland Public Schools curriculum is aligned with Michigan Department of Education State Academic Standards K-12.The state academic standards serve to outline learning expectations for Michigan’s students and are intended to guide our local curriculum development. These standards should be used as a framework for curriculum development with the curriculum itself prescribing instructional resources, methods, progressions, and additional knowledge valued by our HPS community. These standards provide a platform for state assessments, which are used to measure how well schools are providing opportunities for all students to learn the content outlined by the standards. Horizontal alignment assures that all students have access to the same curriculum regardless of which Holland Public School they attend or teacher they are assigned. Vertical articulation addresses the transition between one grade or subject level to the next. At HPS, this is an ongoing process that is never fully complete as teachers and administrators continue to look at data, research, and resources and how well the curriculum is being implemented. We believe that ensuring that every student has the same access to curriculum and instruction is the right of every student at HPS!

AER | School Improvement Plans

Thank you for your interest in learning more about our district. To view annual reports or school improvement plans for individual schools, or to view district information, simply click on the building or district name below.

If you have questions for us, please give us a call. We will be happy to answer your questions. Your e-mails are welcome as well.

HMS (formerly East) - School Improvement Plan (19-20) | Annual Report (19-20)

Holland Heights -  School Improvement Plan (19-20) | Annual Report (19-20)

Jefferson - School Improvement Plan (19-20) | Annual Report (19-20)

West -   School Improvement Plan (19-20) | Annual Report (19-20)

Holland High (includes Early College) - School Improvement Plan (19-20) | Annual Report (19-20)

HVRT - School Improvement Plan (19-20) | Annual Report (19-20)

Holland Language Academy -  School Improvement Plan (19-20)) | Annual Report (19-20)

District Improvement Plan 2018-2019 | Annual District Report (19-20)

18-19 School Improvement Plans

Holland Heights

Holland Language Academy 

Jefferson

West

HMS (formerly East)

Holland High (includes Early College)

HVRT

District Improvement Plan 2018-2019

17-18 School Improvement Plans

East

Heights

Jefferson

West

HLA

HHS

HVRT

16-17 Annual Reports

East

Heights

Jefferson

West

HHS

HVRTt

HLA 

If you need help accessing any of these files please contact Melissa Bosch or Erin Watson at  494-2040 for assistance.

Teacher Evaluation and Posting Assurance

Title One Funding

Holland Public Schools has an uncompromising commitment to student achievement. Title One supports this commitment with federal funding that provides additional instructional services for our students who need extra time and instruction to succeed in school. Title One funding helps us reach our goal of providing opportunities and high quality education to ALL students, allowing students to reach their full potential and preparing them for the future. 

Buildings that benefit from Title 1 funding are:

Holland Middle

Holland Middle Family-School Compact

Jefferson 

Jefferson Family-School Compact

Holland Heights 

Heights Family-School Compact

West 

West Family-School Compact

HLA

HLA Family-School Compact

 

Parents who visit our buildings have most likely met some of our Instructional Assistants during the course of the year. These positions have been funded by Title One for the purpose of providing extra support in the core content areas.

Parent involvement is key to your student's success. Click here for the district parent Involvment Plan

We want HPS parents to be involved in decisions regarding their student(s) and school. If you would like to share your ideas about what your child learns, please contact your building principal. We'd love to have you be a part of the planning processes. 

If you are not sure who to talk to, please contact Brianna at 616-494-2040- she will point you in the right direction.

Online Learning Opportunities (21f)

Online Learning

Section 21f of the FY2013 State School Aid Act expands access to digital learning options for students in Michigan.  This legislation enables public school students in grades 6-12, with the consent of a parent or guardian, to enroll in up to two online courses during an academic, semester.  Enrollment in online courses under Section 21f cannot result in a course load that exceeds a full-time schedule. Deadline for course enrollment is the last day of previous semester. These courses will contain letter grades just like regular courses.

Research: 

First review the course offerings in Odysseyware courses on their site or look at the courses available in the Michigan's Online Course Catalog . Please be aware that not all Odysseyware courses are of enough rigor and may not be approved.

Additional parent resources include the following:

Parent Guide to Online Learning https://mvlri.org/resources/guides/parent-guide/

Student Guide to Online Learning https://mvlri.org/resources/guides/student-guide/

Explore: 

Look over the Online Readiness Questionnaire to determine if it is a good fit for your student. (provided by Stanislaus State)

Attend: 

Attend a meeting with your counselor to decide what is best for your student. At this meeting you will receive a copy of the Student/Parent Contract.

Decide: 

Decide which courses to take and turn in the Contract to the Student Success Office by the appropriate deadline.  June 1st for the following fall semester and December 1st for the Spring semester.  Student(s) will be approved/denied and given notification. Student will meet with 21 Coordinator on 1st day of classes of semester.

Any questions please email at smcmanus@hollandpublicschools.org

Reproductive Health

Reproductive health involves a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes. The four primary goals of reproductive health education are: 

  1. To provide accurate information
  2. To provide opportunities to explore, question, and assess attitudes, values, and insights
  3. To develop skills that foster positive relationships and interpersonal skills
  4. To help your people exercise responsibility regarding sexuality

Questions can be directed to Patti Dobias, the district director for school improvement, at 616 494-2040.

School Improvement Staff

Matt Stolz 
Associate Superintendent of School Improvement
494-2046

Brianna Hansen 
Administrative Assistant 
494-2042

Annie Sterken 
District Library Coordinator
494-2059


 

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Our teachers are excited to meet with you to discuss your child’s academic progress.  Please take a minute to read through the following details about the upcoming Parent Teacher Conferences at Holland Public Schools.

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Information for K-5 Online Learners

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The first Flex/Blended day at HHS/HEC/HVRT is Friday, September 18!

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Most of our online students will be using Odysseyware for instruction this semester. Here are some resources to help you get started with Odysseyware.

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