Holderness School

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  • At Holderness, we focus on clear, consistent thinking and applying the principles of logic.
  • The academic program at Holderness is geared to providing a strong preparation for all colleges and universities.
  • Throughout the curriculum, we emphasize reading with comprehension and writing with clarity.
  • In mathematics and the physical sciences, as well as the social sciences and languages, we focus on clear, consistent thinking and applying the principles of logic.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES)
Institute for Independent Education
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious AffiliationEpiscopal
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1879

Student Body

Total Students289 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 12%
Students by GradeHolderness School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers53 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses23 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Boys wear coat and tie; girls can wear pants and dresses.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$60,550
Tuition NotesDay student tuition is 39,550
% on Financial Aid
41%
Admissions DirectorMr. David Flynn
Admissions AssociateMs. Erin Colon

Sports

Total Sports Offered24 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and FieldAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballClimbing,
Cross CountryCycling,
DanceEquestrian,
Field HockeyFootball,
Freestyle SkiingGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Mountain BikingMountaineering,
Nordic SkiingRock Climbing,
Ski JumpingSnowboarding,
SoccerSoftball,
TennisTrack and Field,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.19 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Current Events Club, Dial Yearbook, Diversity Club, Engineering Club, Fishing Club, Green Alliance, Math Team, Mosaic Literary Magazine, Poetry Club, Slackline Club, The Alliance, The Picador, Vestry

Arts and Music Programs:
Acapella Group, Arts in the Afternoon, Dance, Drama/Theater, Recording Studio

Recreational Athletic Programs:
The Outing Clu

School Notes

  • Holderness School is an independent boarding and day school for grades 912 offering a rigorous college preparatory education and curriculum in a vibrant and supportive community.
  • Holderness School's motto is very important to us. In Latin it is pro deo et genere humano. This translates as "For God and Humankind," and this value drives our focus on strengthening the minds, bodies, and spiritual lives of our students.
  • We offer a college preparatory curriculum with a range of courses, very small classes, and teachers who care about you personally. Our academics will prepare you for applying to college, succeeding in college, and even help you build networks and skills for your career.
  • We love the outdoors here and believe that athletics are a foundation for great health, so you'll participate in three sports a year. We offer unique sports like rock climbing and mountain biking, as well as traditional school sports like football, lacrosse, ice hockey, and soccer. Half of our students are alpine, nordic, snowboarding and freeski athletes, and many of them compete at the national or international level. But not all of them; you might be someone who gets on snow for the first time at Holderness and develops a life long love of winter sports.
  • Holderness School also believes in caring for one another in active ways that lay the foundation for confident leadership. All students participate in our Jobs Program and share in the work of running the school. We are also a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools and its guiding principles are steeped in a Christian tradition of inclusion and open inquiry. Students and faculty attend chapel twice a week together and often collaborate on the service content and style.
  • The sum of these values is that we have a very warm and connected community with a joyful spirit. If you choose Holderness School you will graduate with an excellent academic foundation, strong leadership skills, and life-long connections--ingredients for a happy and successful life.
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