District and Community Information
The School District
Holyoke School District Re-1J covers approximately 540 square miles and educates 600 students K-12. The district has two school buildings, a K-6 facility and a 7-12 facility. The school also operates an alternative school supporting students in grades 7-12 who are in need of a different method of instruction due to individual circumstances. Facilities have long been a source of pride in the community and have recently undergone several improvements in thanks to BEST grants and matching funds from a successful mill levy override election in 2010. The mill levy was extended by voters through 2020, passing with 67% of the vote.
Holyoke is proud of its diversity. The district is one of the few ethnically diverse school districts in Northeastern Colorado with 46% of its students Hispanic and 53% Caucasian, and 25% of the overall school population receives direct services in our ESL program for English Language Learners. Nearly half of the school population is eligible for free or reduced price meals. The district appreciate diversity and believes in providing the most diverse experiences for students as well which include full-time art, music and PE programs K-12, the most choices for sports in the region, plays, a television studio, and a full Career and Technical Education program and service clubs.
The community is very proud and supportive of the school district and its accomplishments both academically and in extracurricular activities. The community is very generous. Several thousands of dollars of gifts are accepted each year and our students feel the support through attendance at our various activities as well.
Holyoke is located at the crossroads of US Highway 6 and 385 in northeast Colorado, approximately 180 miles from Denver, and is the heart of Phillips County. The community is a rural community of 2,200 citizens who make their living in agriculture or agriculture-related and support businesses. Residents are justly proud of their prosperous, progressive city, located in one of the best farming areas of the state.
Agricultural production is the primary industry in Phillips County, with Holyoke being home to approximately 160 businesses, with a high per capita income from agriculture. This is largely attributable to the development of irrigation during the past 30 years for the production of cash crops such as beats, beans, corn and wheat.
Residents and visitors alike praise the community’s well-kept appearance and visitors are impressed by the beautiful lawns and trees in the city. Holyoke has excellent health care facilities including a hospital, clinic, nursing home and assisted living facilities, as well as an airport. Holyoke boasts many fine recreational facilities including an indoor swimming pool used year-round by the schools and community, a municipal golf course, a movie theater, and parks. Several lakes are within a short drive of Holyoke. These facilities offer some of the best conditions in the region for fishing, boating and skiing.