The mission of the HCSS is to provide a college preparatory-focused education to the youth of every race and ethnic group in Western Massachusetts in a safe, academically challenging, and caring educational environment. Our promise is to sustain small school size, provide extended math and science curriculum, individualized attention, college guidance, university outreach programs, and to encourage student-teacher-parent partnership. Our mission empowers our students with the support necessary to reach their highest intellectual, emotional, social and physical potentials building on the inherent promise to aid students’ preparation for college.


The vision of the HCSS is to increase the rate of college entry of the students with excellent learning opportunities that are exclusively designed for the college preparation in a technologically rich-environment. The vision of the HCSS is shaped around the needs of students in these districts. Our curriculum mainly focuses on college preparation, mathematics and science education as well as other major academic areas: arts, language, and social studies. We provide college guidance to our students and encourage all students to not just graduate but to pursue higher education. Individualized attention, tutoring, university outreach programs, social projects, and various creative outlets such as lab projects, science fairs, debate contests, and trivia competitions provide an enthusiastic, dynamic learning environment as well as encourage all students to think independently and creatively.