Holderness School

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Holderness School Photo #2 - Our setting in the White Mountains is a source of daily inspiration. We find wisdom in the forest, grace on the river, spirituality on the snow-capped mountain peak, and joy in every season. Our environment is built for elevation.
Holderness School Photo #3 - Holderness is just a few miles from the slopes of Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, and Waterville Valley. Our Snow Sports athletes also train in Switzerland, Colorado, Utah and California - just to name a few. (pictured: Loon Mountain)
Holderness School Photo #4 - In the Holderness classroom, each student is literally in the front row, with an average class size of 12. We offer AP courses spanning multiple disciplines and encourage students to pursue an intellectual passion of their own in their twelfth-grade year as part of the Senior Thesis program.
Holderness School Photo #5 - Athletics aren't just about wins and losses-they're about testing your limits. Our three-season sports philosophy is counter-cultural: instead of encouraging specialization, we honor participation and effort in everything we do. We cultivate grit and persistence. We find joy in the playing.
Holderness School Photo #6 - We think that great things happen when students work alongside practicing artists. They learn not only to speak and understand the language of the arts, but how the arts can break down barriers between people, and inside them.
Holderness School Photo #7 - We have a ratio that you won't hear about at any other school 8:1. That's what we call a "ratio for relationships" - a ratio that means that for every eight students in a dormitory there is one faculty member to support, guide and mentor them.
Holderness School Photo #8 - Even casual visitors to Holderness are struck by how often they hear "hello" in the buildings and on the walkways.
  • Holderness School is an independent boarding school, grades 9-12, for academically minded students with a love of the outdoors.
  • We are located in beautiful Holderness, NH in the heart of ski country. Visit our website to fill out an online inquiry and give us a call or email to schedule a campus visit!

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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
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1879

Student Body

Total Studentsn/a
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
11%
State avg.: 15%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers53 teachers
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
62%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses21 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1253
Average ACT score25
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Boys wear coat and or tie; girls can wear pants and dresses.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$63,000
Tuition NotesDay student tuition is 41,600
% on Financial Aid
41%
Admissions DirectorMr. David Flynn
Admissions AssociateMs. Erin Colon
Endowment Size$60 million

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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