Creative expression is an integral part of a Holden student’s education. We offer students the opportunities, tools, direction and encouragement to express and enhance their creativity and talent. Self exploration, self expression, cooperation, and collaboration with others are encouraged in all of our art classes. Holden art classes stimulate students’ creativity, enhance critical thinking, and reduce stress. The arts are also often incorporated in academic classes. Holden offers a variety of elective art classes such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, and collage.
Students develop skills on various musical instruments while learning songs and building their repertoire in our songwriting and ensemble classes. Students regularly use the instruments at lunch and after school to hone their skills and apply what they have learned in classes. Our music program builds self-esteem in a fun, carefree, experimental, and creative way.
Holden students have the opportunity to earn independent credits for learning that happens outside of school hours. We encourage students to pursue those interests that naturally grab their attention. Students can earn credit for a number of activities including learning new skills or practicing a current skill, participating in extracurricular sports, volunteering or working.
Our Transition 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.
5 days per week of academic, elective, and social-emotional support services