Holden High School

  • We help teens feel good about school and unlock their potential. Young people who struggle in mainstream school settings say Holden is the school they actually want to attend. Incredible transformations happen here. For over 50 years, Holden has been a safe haven for non-traditional learners.
  • Holden provides an innovative, alternative, vibrant, non traditional approach to education.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedWe have a credentialed Education Specialists on staff: Dyslexia, Language based learning differences, Mild to Moderate learning differences, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, Nonverbal learning disability
Year Founded1969

Student Body

Total Students34 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Holden High School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size6 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$31,760
Tuition NotesGenerous 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 DirectorKristin Lamoureux
Admissions AssociateJennifer Polse Payne


Total Sports Offered1 sport


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Community Service, Grade Level Interest Projects, GSA, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Independent Art and Music Credit

School Notes

  • Holden High School is deeply rooted in the alternative education movement. Holden provides a student-centered educational experience that embraces diversity. 
  • Holden empowers a broad range of learners in a collaborative and creative environment. Many of our students have mild to moderate learning differences, have struggled in mainstream school settings, or have experienced trauma.
  • Holden is a great fit for students who:
  • - Desire a safe environment because they have been bullied or have not found acceptance.
  • - Want to pursue learning both in and out of school.
  • - Yearn for a tailor-made learning environment.
  • 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 925-254-0199 or visit us online to arrange a visit.

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