Electives at Holden

Engaging Students’ Natural Interests

Students can take from three to seven electives every semester. Elective classes meet for an hour a week with no homework. Course offerings change each semester based on student interest and include various art, music, self-exploration, physical expression, community participation, and computer science classes.

Visual Arts

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.

Music

Students develop skills on various musical instruments while learning songs and building their repertoire in our small 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.

High School Credit for Learning Outside of School

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. 

Preparation for Life

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.

Holden's Full High School Program Includes

5 days per week of academic, elective, and social-emotional support services

ENGAGING ACADEMICS & ELECTIVE CLASSES

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ENGAGED ACADEMICS & ELECTIVES IN A LOW STRESS ENVIRONMENT

  • Small class size (4-12 students per class)
  • Mixed grade level classes
  • Manageable homework load
  • Seminar style classes and experiential opportunities for learning
  • Credit for learning done outside of school hours
  • 10am start time
  • No fail school: students earn credit for the work they complete

CONNECTED, COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY

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SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SERVICES

  • Weekly, student-run Community Meetings
  • School-wide community service
  • Weekly one-on-one counseling
  • Student council
  • Family support services

FUTURE STEPS: PREPARATION FOR LIFE

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TRANSITION PROGRAM: FUTURE STEPS + PREPARATION FOR LIFE

  • Grade Level Projects
  • Dedicated Transition Classes (College Empowerment & DPV)
  • Focus on Social Emotional Learning
  • Dedicated Staff (College and Transition Counselors)

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