Holden High School

Tel: (925)254-0199
Grades: 9-12 | 34 students
For over 40 years, Holden has been a safe haven for non-traditional learners.
The founder of Holden recognized that too many students in traditional school systems were not being served well, if at all.
This is as true now as it was 40 years ago.
If you are looking for an innovative, alternative, vibrant, non traditional approach to education, come check us out.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported We have a credentialed Education Specialists on staff
Year Founded 1969

Student Body

Total Students 34 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Holden High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 6 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $25,750
Tuition Notes Generous financial aid available. See http://holdenhigh.org/admissions/tuition/tuition-reduction/ for more information.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $7,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Kristin Lamoureux
Admissions Associate Jennifer Polse Payne


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Community Service, Grade Level Interest Projects, Independent Art and Music Credit, Student Council Community Service,
Grade Level Interest Projects,
Independent Art and Music Credit,
Student Council,

School Notes

  • Holden High School is a great fit for:Unique teens who need a school to fit them instead of vice versaStudents who have developed a negative relationship to school or learningStudents who want to go to a 4 year college but arent succeeding in high pressure environmentsTeens who need a safe environment because they have been bullied or have not found acceptanceStudents who have mild to moderate learning issuesStudents who have experienced depression, anxiety or other emotional issues that may be getting in the way of their learningStudents graduate from Holden with academic confidence and intellectual curiosity, the ability to advocate for themselves, a strong sense of community, a passion for learning, and solid plans for their futures.Holden is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Many of our students attend colleges across the country. Enrollment is open throughout the school year. Please call to set up a visit at 925-254-0199 or come to one of our drop-in open information sessions (see http://holdenhigh.org/calendar/events for upcoming dates).

Profile last updated: 06/02/2016

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