Thank you for your interest in applying to Holden High School!

We hope you and your families are well. Application decisions were mailed on March 19th, 2020 for 8th grade applicants who applied before February 24th.
To help keep our community safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19, Holden is currently implementing distance learning. Admissions assistance is still available and Holden is still accepting applications for the 2020- 2021 school year.

We’re excited to help your student unlock their innate potential. We’re committed to educating young people in a small, caring environment where each student is known and valued.

Holden is a private, non-profit, WASC-accredited high school that has been addressing the academic and social-emotional needs of teenagers since 1969. Our student body comprises up to forty students in grades 9 – 12 with a student-teacher ratio of 5:1 or better.

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Still accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 school year

2019-2020 Application2020-2021 Application

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 Wednesdays and begin at 6pm.

      • April 15, 2020

Small Group Tours are scheduled during the school day. Holden limits these to no more than three families per group. Please fill out an online inquiry, call (925) 254-0199 or email ( for the next available tour times.

Dates & Deadlines FOR 2019-2020 Applicants

We have limited space available for the current school year. We process these applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. Interested families should complete the 2019-2020 application.

Use the link provided above to apply online or Download and complete the 2019-20 application manually.

Dates & Deadlines FOR 2020-2021 Applicants

For 8th grade applicants, please sign up for a small group tour or a fall information session.

  • For March 19 notification, applications are due by January 24, 2020
  • Tuition reduction paperwork due by January 27, 2020
  • Admissions decisions for 8th-grade applicants were mailed on Thursday, March 19th

Applications that are turned in after the January 24th deadline will be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Use the link provided above to apply online or Download and complete the 2020-21 application manually.

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

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, Holden alumni