Dear HCSS Community,

Prepare to be amazed!

Hampden Charter School of Science (HCSS) has been soaring as a college prep institution
since its inception. As we prepare to kickstart the 2023-24 academic year, I am delighted to
extend a warm welcome to all members of our thriving Hampden Charter School of Science
(HCSS) community. Whether you’re a returning student, a proud parent, a dedicated teacher, or
a supportive staff member, we all play a crucial role in shaping the future of our school.
Together, we embark on a journey filled with endless possibilities, learning, and growth. Get
ready for an exciting adventure as we gear up to begin classes on August 24th!

HCSS has always been more than just a school—it is a place where dreams take flight and
possibilities are limitless. We take immense pride in being a college preparatory school catering
to both middle and high school students who aspire to reach their full potential. Our commitment
to academic excellence is unwavering, and we are continuously striving to provide the best
educational experience for each and every student.

As we begin this new year, let us celebrate the remarkable success of our recent graduates, the
Class of 2023. It fills me with immense pride to share that every single student in this
exceptional class has been accepted into college. Among them, we rejoice in two Ivy League
acceptances, placements in 20 Top 50 Colleges, and admissions to many other prestigious
institutions. Together, they have secured an astounding $31 million in scholarships, with seven
students awarded over a million dollars each. It is awe-inspiring to see 20% of our graduates
earning full scholarships—a testament to their dedication and hard work.

Our accolades as a school community extend beyond our students’ achievements. Since 2015,
Hampden Charter School of Science has been recognized as one of U.S. News & World
Report’s “Best US High Schools.” This recognition is a testament to the collective efforts of our
exceptional teachers, staff, and administrators.

At HCSS, we believe in providing a holistic and enriching education. Our academic program is
designed to challenge and prepare our students for the rigors of college and beyond. With 14
Advanced Placement courses available starting from 9th grade, we offer a rigorous and diverse
curriculum. Additionally, our College Board AP Capstone Diploma Program fosters research,
collaboration, and the development of essential skills for success.

Beyond the classroom, we emphasize hands-on experiences and project-based learning. Our
state-of-the-art science labs, coupled with technology-based math instruction, create an
environment where students can explore and excel in their studies. We also take great pride in
our MIAA League sports program, offering basketball, volleyball, soccer, cross country, indoor
track, tennis, softball, and wrestling. These activities not only promote physical fitness but also
instill valuable life skills and teamwork.

Learning at HCSS extends beyond traditional boundaries. Our Out of School Learning
Experience program provides free educational trips to iconic in-state locations for each grade
level. Moreover, our diverse range of social clubs, including Robotics, Math Counts, and AMC
Advanced Clubs, allow students to explore their interests and passions.

As we embark on this new academic year, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to our parents
for being active participants in your child’s education. Your support and involvement play a
crucial role in their success.

To our students, the stars of Hampden Charter School of Science, as we kick off this new
academic year, I want to share a powerful truth with you. You are at the core of our community;
each one possesses its own special talents that lie dormant within it. As you return to our halls, I
encourage you to believe in the power of your dreams, for they have the ability to transform
lives. Take hold of curiosity with an open mind, pose questions freely, and venture freely into
new depths of knowledge that await. Remember that learning is more than simply studying
textbooks; it is an ongoing journey of self-discovery, personal growth, and transformation. Let
your passion for learning light the path toward success as hard work, determination, and
resilience unlock new doors to success in your future. Take pride in all your achievements, big
and small, as each is an important step toward greater things. Always treat others and yourself
with kindness; compassion helps us overcome obstacles and form unbreakable bonds. Make
the most of every opportunity this year and fly high beyond any expectations! Together, let’s
forge a legacy of excellence, unity, and limitless achievements that will define Hampden Charter
School of Science for years to come.

To our dedicated teachers and staff, you are the guiding lights of Hampden Charter School of
Science, shaping the minds and hearts of our students with unwavering dedication. Your
passion for teaching and commitment to their growth is truly admirable. As we begin another
academic year together, I want to express my deep appreciation for all you do every day to
foster student development in an empowering learning environment for our students. Together
let’s continue igniting a passion for learning and inspiring greatness in every student who walks
through our doors!

Together, as the HCSS Community, we will continue to foster an environment of excellence,
camaraderie, and support. Let us celebrate each other’s successes, lift each other during
challenges, and always strive for greatness.

Thank you for being an integral part of our thriving community. Your contributions make
Hampden Charter School of Science a place where dreams come to life. I am excited for the
journey that awaits us and cannot wait to see the incredible achievements we will accomplish

Welcome back to another fantastic school year at Hampden Charter School of Science!

Warmest regards,

Tarkan Topcuoglu, Ed.S.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mr.Topcuoglu has been in the education field for more than 23 years and has worked as a teacher, department head, dean of academics, and eventually principal. He has bachelor, master, and educational specialist degrees in education. He is married and has two wonderful children. Topcuoglu has received several awards in his career, including National Blue Ribbon Schools’ Terrel H. Bell Award, given each year by the US Department of Education to eight principals in the nation. He was recognized as “Bell Principal” by former US Education Secretary Dr.King in 2016.