FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE COMING TO HOLYOKE
Into the midst of the educational upheaval happening in Holyoke enters LightHouse Holyoke, Personalized Education for Teens, a new school alternative opening in September. LightHouse is holding two info sessions in May: Thursday, May 14 and Thursday, May 21, both from 6:00-7:00 pm at Gateway City Arts, 92 Race St., Holyoke.
“It’s definitely an unusual moment to enter the scene in Holyoke,” says Co-Founder and Co-Director Catherine Gobron. “though we’ve been working on this project for about a year. We’re drawn to Holyoke because we know there are many teens in the area who will benefit from an alternative, but that’s true anywhere. A traditional school setting is not right for every learner, no matter what city you’re in.”
Gobron has been working as Program Director for North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens in Hadley for more than a decade, and is leaving at the end of this year to launch LightHouse. Her Co-Founder and Co-Director is Josiah Litant, who left his position as Senior Associate Dean of Students at Hampshire College to launch LightHouse with Gobron.
“We’re especially excited about Holyoke because there is a renaissance happening here. We’re seeing the whole Innovation District as our campus. We’re thrilled to dial-in to all the great stuff that’s already happening, and multiply the opportunities for our students.”
LightHouse Holyoke will offer alternative education to teens aged 13-18, focusing on optional pathways of entrepreneurship, arts, tech, and college prep. LightHouse offers teens the opportunity to direct their own learning, and to study their own interests in a supportive, academic, and creative community.
LightHouse will open in the Innovation District of downtown Holyoke this September with a small cohort of just 30-45 teens.
Priority application deadline for admission and financial aid is June 15. Learn more at lighthouseteens.org