Holden fosters success in an empowering learning environment.

Academics at Holden


Because it is critical for students to learn within an engaging classroom setting, Holden’s academics emphasize teamwork, group problem-solving, and collaboration. This emphasis prepares students for class-based college learning and current work trends. Holden’s academics emphasize teamwork, group problem-solving, and collaboration.

Holden is the best of all worlds because we offer small classes, community education, one-on-one support, and the opportunities to learn using online platforms. Our approach sparks a love of learning and prepares young people for life and learning after high school.

Since we recognize that people learn in social, creative, and emotional ways, Holden provides an environment that encourages a multi-dimensional approach. The outcome is young people who learn to develop trust within their community—resulting in students who fully open up to their abilities and interests.

Small class sizes:

Average class sizes of 4-12 students: Small classes foster greater engagement, reasoning, interpretation, and critical-thinking skills. Teachers can differentiate lessons and meet individual student and small-group needs.

Academics at Holden

Earn high school credit outside of school:

Holden offers students the opportunity to earn independent credits for doing what they love, which encourages them to pursue interests outside of school. This is one of the ways that Holden encourages maturity and well-rounded, individual growth. We see our students as a whole person.

Engaging Curriculum:

Classes are discussion and project-based. Teachers create and adjust the curriculum to engage students’ interests and move them forward academically.

Preparation for life:

Our Transition/College Counseling Program ensures that each student has a concrete plan when they leave Holden. Through college application guidance, local San Francisco Bay Area internships, job skills training, and in-depth self-exploration, we prepare students to take successful steps after high school.

Academics at Holden

No more homework battles:

Holden takes a reasonable approach to Homework. Students receive meaningful homework that meets their specific educational needs and furthers classroom learning. Students are given time in their school schedule for homework support. Our program has had great success in teaching homework-averse students to take responsibility for classwork and prepare them for the reality of college and vocational programs.

Students are safe and accepted:

Students who have experienced emotional or physical bullying find safety and acceptance within the student community. Our program encourages community participation and social responsibility.

Learn to love learning:

Students who have developed a negative relationship with school rekindle their innate curiosity.

Academics at Holden


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. Y.B. Yeats “In short order, Holden ended our homework battle.”  -Parent