About Our Campus

We are small by design. We attract students who thrive in a small unique academic environment.

Our campus is located on the grounds of the Orinda Community Church. Although, we are not affiliated with the church, the congregation believes in our mission and has made us part of theirs.

Since 1970, the Orinda Community Church has generously provided the space at a low cost in return for our providing generous financial aid to one student each year.

Our campus’ exterior is surrounded by trees. It is naturally beautiful and serene.

Holden High School Orinda Campus

The school’s interior is eclectic, funky, and well-worn. One parent noted, “This school feels like my daughter’s bedroom.” Our students take great pride in the school grounds and are partially responsible for cleaning and maintenance. Students designed much of the décor – including colorful murals, posters, and poetry on the walls. The school’s interior reflects the students’ ownership of their environment, and at the same time it reflects the school’s values – countering a youth culture that is focused on appearances and material wealth.

After over 40 years of serving teens, we know that the most important features of our school are small classes, a high staff-to-student ratio, and talented, dedicated staff members who care more about meeting their students’ needs than color-coordinating tables and chairs. We especially welcome families who share these values.

Bay Area Independent Study Home-School Student

Holden High School Art at Holden High School Holden High School

A note about our campus:

We are small by design and attract students who thrive in a small unique academic environment/setting.

Two things stand out to visitors of Holden High School. The first is that the school is on the grounds of the Orinda Community Church. We are not affiliated with the church, but the congregation believes in our mission and has made us part of theirs. In fact, since 1970, the church has generously provided the space at low cost in return for our providing generous financial aid to one student each year. The site, surrounded by trees, lends an atmosphere of natural beauty and serenity.

The second thing that stands out is the school’s aesthetic, which is eclectic, funky, and well-worn. As one parent describes it, “This school feels like my daughter’s bedroom.” In fact, the students are partially responsible for cleaning and maintenance, and they’ve designed much of the décor – including colorful murals, posters, and poetry on the walls. Most of the furniture has been donated, and it doesn’t get replaced until it’s worn out. The school’s interior reflects the students’ ownership of their environment, and at the same time it reflects the school’s values – countering a youth culture that is focused on appearances and material wealth.

So what do we spend our money on? After 40 years of serving teens, we know that the most important features of our school are small classes, a high staff-to-student ratio, and talented, dedicated staff members who care more about meeting their students’ needs than color-coordinating tables and chairs. We especially welcome families who share these values.

We look forward to your visit.