Welcome to Holland Language Academy

I firmly believe that the circumstances you’re born into shouldn’t dictate your chances for success. To me, there is nothing more personally and professionally fulfilling than when the product of my work is a child’s academic and social growth.
In addition, I believe that my background as a teacher and my ongoing role as a parent not only enable me to understand and meet the needs of both teachers, and parents, but ultimately allows me to serve the students and children of our community. My passion has always been and will be educating children.
I look forward to continuing to work in partnership with you as we serve the children in Holland Language Academy.

-Iliana Vasquéz


What's Happening at HLA:

Spring Choir Concerts

We are excited to present our spring concerts for you on May 18 & 19 at Holland West Elementary.

There will be two concerts each evening.

  • 3rd grade classes at West and Heights Elementary - Wednesday, May 18, 6pm
  • 5th grade classes at West and Heights Elementary - Wednesday, May 18, 7pm
  • 3rd grade classes at HLA and Jefferson Elementary - Thursday, May 19, 6pm
  • 5th grade classes at HLA and Jefferson Elementary - Thursday, May 19, 7pm
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Instrument Fittings for Future HMS Musicians

All 5th grade students and parents interested in finding out more about the instrumental music program are invited to attend a very important meeting on May 17, 7:00PM at Holland Middle School. Contact Mr. Reikow or Mr. Grapis for more information.

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Limited Openings at HLA

There are a limited number of openings in our Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program at Holland Language Academy for the 2022-2023 school year.  

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Register for 2022-23 school year.

Registering your student for the 2022-2023 school year is as easy as updating/reviewing your Parent Portal account.  Be sure that you update:

  • Contact information
  • Health information for student
  • Transportation Needs for next year

This information will help us determine staffing needs for next year, make classroom assignments, build bus routes and more.  Thank you for helping prepare for next school year!

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Tulip Time Costume Rental - $5


  • Friday, May 6 | 4-7pm at Holland Language Academy, 461 VanRaalte
  • Saturday, May 7 | 9-12pm at Holland Language Academy, 461 VanRaalte

For HPS students, Grades 1-5, marching in the Kinderparade on Thursday, May 12.

Change in HPS Calendar for week of Tulip Time

Because the Tulip Time Festival has reduced the number of parades during the week, we are adjusting our schedule to better match their new parade schedule.

  • Wednesday, May 11 is now a FULL DAY of school for all HPS students and Staff.
  • Thursday, May 12 is a HALF DAY of school  -  The KinderParade is scheduled for this day.
  • Friday, May 13 is now a HALF DAY of school - This is the RAIN DAY for the KinderParadeEven if it doesn't rain on Thursday, students will still have a HALF DAY of school on Friday.

All three days are FULL DAYS for HPS STAFF.

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Podcast 3.28

During the month of March, we celebrate Women's History Month by honoring the women who lead Holland Public Schools. This week we talk with Principal Iliana Vasquéz from Holland Language Academy.  Listen to the Podcast or watch the video!

Grand Rapids Gold Encourages HPS Students to Read!

Grand Rapids Gold mascot, Buckets visited students at Jefferson and West today to encourage and challenge them to read 20 minutes every day! Students who accept the challenge and log their hours can win prizes, including the chance to win a family “flex ticket” to a Grand Rapids Gold Game. The Grand Rapids Gold Elevate Reading Program is a partnership with Gentex!

Vocal Dimensions visit HPS buildings!

VOCALS:LIVE is March 24 and 25 at 7pm | March 26 at 2pm and 7pm at Holland High School PAC.

  • 1/2 off Tickets for Students for Thursday
  • ASL Interpreter on Thursday

Parent Information Night

Tuesday March 15, 6:30pm at HMS

  • For parents of incoming 6th-grade students

National School Breakfast Week | March 7-11

National School Breakfast Week celebrates the importance of a nutritious school breakfast in fueling students for success. This year’s theme, “Take Off with School Breakfast,” reminds parents and stakeholders that a healthy school breakfast helps ensure students’ academic success in school so they can “take off” and reach their goals.


Mask-optional on all HPS Busses.

After new guidance from the CDC, students and staff will no longer be required to wear a mask while riding an HPS bus.

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Holland Language Academy
461 Van Raalte Ave

Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-494-2600
Fax: 616-393-7652

Teachers & Staff

School Times:

  • Full Day | 8:30* - 3:16
  • Half Day | 8:30* - 11:35

*Please do not arrive at school earlier than 8:25

HLA Office Hours:

  • 8:10am- 4:15pm | M-F (August-June)

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We are Here For You and your student.

Click here for emotional & mental health resources.


Volunteer at HLA:

We love when parents or guardians get involved. Make sure to fill out the district volunteer form (once each school year) and return it to the office.