Inquiry Process

In order to see whether Holden might be a good fit for your student, please call or sign up online for one of the options listed below.

  • Information Nights are scheduled on Mondays or Wednesdays and begin at 6pm. Sign up online. Information Nights are a great way to hear about our program, meet some current students, and see short teacher demos.
  • Small Group Tours are scheduled during the school day. Holden limits these to no more than three families per group. Please call (925) 254-0199 or email ( for the next available tour time, or request a tour online. Small group tours are a great way to see the school while it is in session. These tours take about 1 hour.

Application Checklist

  • Complete and return the Application Form. Prospective students should handwrite answers to questions. Download and complete the 2019-20 Application.
  • Schedule student for a visit day. Student interviews will be held during the visit day. (Students may visit before submitting an application.)
  • Submit current IEP, 504 plan, and/or learning assessment (if applicable).
  • Fill out and submit a medical release form (if applicable).
  • Have a current or recent teacher complete and send us a recommendation. Download our Teacher Recommendation Form. This form should be emailed directly to to or mailed directly to Holden High School Admissions, 10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA 94563.
  • Submit a writing sample from current school year (essay, research paper, or creative writing piece). On the writing sample, please include the nature of the assignment. (If applying for the Elective Class Option Program, no writing sample is needed.)
  • Enclose application fee of $85.
  • Optional: schedule student for a visit week. The non-refundable fee for a visit week is $275.

Note: Sometimes the admissions committee requests additional interviews or forms to be completed.

Dates & Deadlines


The first round of admissions decisions were sent out on March 21, 2019. All incoming applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis.

Non-Discrimination Policy

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual preference, wardrobe, or disability.

“Holden has given me the opportunity, and motivated me, to do new things: an on-line class, attend Berkeley City College, and do an internship in Nicaragua editing videos.”

– Benjamin Bank, class of 2016.