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.

Since 1969, 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.


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Upcoming Events

October – November 2015

Holden Info Session
Oct 11 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holden Fundraiser at Foreign Cinema
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Holden High School and Foreign Cinema
Invite you to join us for
An Autumn Evening Celebration
with music, small plates, and an open bar
Saturday, October 24, 2015
7pm – 10pm

Order your all inclusive ticket at:

Holden / OCC Sunday
Nov 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:15 pm

Please join us for our annual Holden / Orinda Community Church (OCC) Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 10am. The 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.

We would love for Holden community members to attend the sermon and come to the round table to share their stories with OCC members. If you prefer not to attend the sermon, you welcome to come to just the discussion. Several current Holden families will be there as well. The church is extremely good to Holden, providing the school with
space for very little rent, as well as doing whatever it can to support the work done at Holden. In exchange, Holden awards a scholarship each year in the church’s name.

A few current students will be speaking during the service and at least one will share a musical performance. Following the service and a few minutes of fellowship, Holden community members will sit with members of the Orinda Community Church for a 40-minute circle discussion to share who we are, our relationship to the school, and
what the school has done for us. At the end, if there is time or interest, we will answer OCC members’ questions about the school. By sharing our success stories with them, we are able to give back to the congregation and validate all that they give to us.

The OCC is a progressive, accepting community. All faiths (or those of no faith) are welcome to attend the sermon and the round table discussion (or just the discussion if that suits your comfort level best).

Holden Information Session
Nov 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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