Holden High School is small by design. We attract students who thrive in a small, unique academic environment.
Our campus is located at 10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA 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.
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.