Dec 22, 2013

Holyoke Catholic High School receives recognition for excellence



Staff report

(Photos courtesy of Holyoke Catholic High School)

Earlier this week, Holyoke Catholic High School (HCHS) announced that the Commission on Independent Schools had recently granted the school continued accreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

According to Taylor Johnson, Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations for the school, the accreditation comes after a year-long candid self-study and an extended visit to HCHS by a visiting committee of New England area faculty members.

Theresa Kitchell, principal of HCHS, said she was thankful for the recognition by the committee. “The Visiting Committee Report identifies many areas for commendation,” she said in a statement released Dec. 19.

“The committee particularly commends the entire Holyoke Catholic High School community for engaging in the self-study process with critical and candid self-reflection that will help the school overcome obstacles and challenges,” Kitchell said.

Kitchell also noted that the commission commended the Chicopee school for how well maintained their Springfield Street facility was and for the “safe and attractive educational environment.”

“Further,” she wrote, “the development of a thriving relationship with Elms College is evidence of the school making the most of opportunities to move forward into 21st century learning.”

“We are thankful to the commission for their rigorous accreditation self-study program as well as to the administrators, faculty, students, parents and alumni who continue to inspire us to develop an ever-evolving academic program which challenges and prepares our students to become confident, educated young men and women as they pursue their goals in academia and the community,” Kitchell said in the statement.

Holyoke Catholic High School is a diverse community dedicated to Gospel values within an environment rich in Catholic faith and tradition. Committed to academic excellence, Holyoke Catholic fosters the development of the whole person, encourages individual talents, and promotes service, justice and peace in the world.