Research shows that a key factor in academic success is a one-on-one relationship with staff and that maximum learning takes place in low-stress, safe environments. This is the basis of our educational philosophy which we have refined to meet the individual needs of a variety of learners for over 40 years.
Our progressive education philosophy recognizes that people learn in social, creative and emotional ways, and that these are just as important as academic growth. We provide a strong, personal environment, allowing trust to develop within the community, which opens students up to the full range of their abilities and interests.
Holden fosters success in an empowering learning environment.
- Average class sizes- 7 students: Small classes foster reasoning, interpretation and critical thinking skills. Students can’t hide in the back of the classroom. Teachers are able to individualize lessons and class plans to meet individual and group needs.
- Personalized education tracks: Students who are strong academically are challenged and able to move through high school credits at a fast pace. Students who struggle academically are able to find success at a pace that works for them
- Holden offers students the opportunity to earn credits outside of school, pursue internships and take on- line and community college classes.
- Dynamic curriculum: Classes are discussion based and don’t focus on empty homework and rote learning. Teachers are empowered to create and adjust curriculum to engage students’ interests and move them forward academically. Students are encouraged to learn in whatever style suits them. We measure academic success by the depth and quality of comprehension.
- Ending the homework battles: Homework at Holden is reasonable – about 3-4 hours per core academic class per week. We teach and inspire teens to take ownership of their learning. Students are given meaningful homework that meets their specific educational needs.
- Providing safety and acceptance: Students who have experienced emotional or physical bullying find safety and acceptance within the student community.
- Learning to love learning: Students who have developed a negative relationship to school because their learning styles have not been met are able to rekindle their innate curiosity.
- Preparing for the future: Our Transition/College Counseling Program ensures that each student has a concrete plan when he or she leaves Holden. Through internships, job skills training and in depth self-exploration, we prepare students to make and take successful steps after high school.