Holden High School is small by design. We attract students who thrive in a close-knit, unique academic environment.
Our campus is located at 10 Irwin Way, Orinda, CA, on the lower level of the Orinda Community Church (OCC). Although Holden is not affiliated with the church, OCC 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.
Trees surround our campus’ exterior. 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.
After over 40 years of serving teens, we know that our school’s essential features are small classes, a high staff-to-student ratio, and talented staff members who are devoted to our student’s success. Holden is a great fit for families who value these attributes.