Welcome to Holden High School!

Holden High School is a WASC accredited East Bay Area private non-profit high school committed to providing a unique and alternative approach to education.

For over 40 years, Holden has been devoted to developing a fully integrated range of teaching styles to work successfully with a broad range of learners. Holden addresses the academic, creative, community, and social-emotional needs of teenagers in a respectful, accepting, and effective learning environment.  Our small school serves students in grades 9 through 12, with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1 or smaller.  Students come from all over the San Francisco Bay Area and reflect its diversity.

Students graduate from Holden with academic confidence, the ability to advocate for themselves, a strong sense of community, a passion for learning, and clear and attainable plans for their futures.

 

Holden News

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The Center for Land Based Learning: A Student Perspective

When you think of a farm, what do you think of? Cows mooing? Cats running around everywhere? Well, sometimes we forget t...

Kayak Trip: A Student Perspective

Holden High School is a fun and beautiful place filled with opportunities. Just in this past week we ventured out to the...

Winner- Parents’ Press Best of East Bay 2014

Thanks to parents for nominating and voting for Holden!...

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Upcoming Events

October – December 2014

Oct
26
Sun
Holden / OCC Sunday
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

This Sunday, October 26 is the annual Holden / Orinda Community Church (OCC) collaborative event. Holden will be giving a “sermon” for the OCC congregation followed by
a round table discussion with Holden and OCC community members. This year, current parent Chris Roche, current senior Millie Vince, and I will be speaking on the theme of growth in community. The 10am service is held in the church Sanctuary upstairs from Holden and is followed by a round table discussion from ~11:30am – 12:15pm in the
Fireside Room of the OCC Fellowship Hall.

The OCC is a huge supporter of the work we do at Holden. Please help us give back to the congregation by sharing your Holden success stories during the round table discussion and validating all that they give to us. The OCC is a progressive, accepting community. All
faiths (or those of no faith) are invited to attend the sermon and the round table discussion (or just the discussion if that suits your comfort level best).

Nov
3
Mon
Holden Information Night
Nov 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Information Nights are an opportunity to learn more about the unique academic experience that Holden offers. They are followed by a campus tour and question/answer session. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend with or without their son or daughter. We are also happy to schedule a tour during the school day when students are on campus.

Nov
8
Sat
Fundraiser at Foreign Cinema
Nov 8 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Cocktail Party Fundraiser for Holden High School at Foreign Cinema Restaurant
Please join us for a Cocktail, Wine and Appetizer Party at Foreign Cinema Restaurant! It’s a great night out and a chance to support Holden High School all in one!

Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 7 – 10 pm

The evening will feature biodynamic wines, signature cocktails, champagne, and Foreign Cinema savory and sweet treats.

The Charles Wheal Jazz Trio will keep things lively throughout the evening.

Bring your friends, enjoy the great food, drinks and music, and help us raise much-needed funds to keep Holden High strong so it can continue to help teens meet the challenges they face and become confident and enthusiastic about school and their futures.

Buy tickets here.

Dec
8
Mon
Holden Information Night
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Information Nights are an opportunity to learn more about the unique academic experience that Holden offers. They are followed by a campus tour and question/answer session. Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend with or without their son or daughter. We are also happy to schedule a tour during the school day when students are on campus.

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