Full High School Program

IMG_6039_select_webOur full program: 5 days a week, all academics, all electives

1. Engaged Academics in a Low Stress Environment

At Holden we work successfully with a broad range of learners. In our classrooms, learning is a process of discovery: students learn to ask questions, advocate for themselves, voice their opinions, seek their own knowledge, and think critically and independently. When students graduate from Holden, they do with so with academic confidence, a passion for learning, and plans for their futures.

Holden offers:

  • 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

2. Connected Collaborative Community

Holden, rooted in the alternative education movement, recognizes the importance of strong relationships with peers and adults for teen development. Staff and students develop strong relationships through:

  • Weekly, student-run Community Meetings
  • School-wide community service
  • Individual Resource, Exploration, and Support (RES)
  • Student Council
  • Family RES

3. Transition Program: Future Steps, Preparation for Life

Holden’s Transition Program provides the skills and tools students need for their post-high school lives. The Transition Program works to help students realize their real-world strengths and gifts through counseling support, engagement in the broader community through internships, jobs, and community service opportunities, and the formation of a concrete post high school plan.

Transition support includes:

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