Is Holden Right For You?

Holden High School is a top-rated alternative educational experience.

Holden transforms the lives of students who have struggled to fit into mainstream school settings often due to learning differences and/or social-emotional challenges, including anxiety, depression, school avoidance, and school trauma.

Holden is an excellent fit for students who benefit from weekly 1-on-1 counseling sessions and thrive in a small, tight-knit school where everyone is truly seen, heard, and known.

Best Bay Area alternative high school

Is Holden Right for you?


Holden provides a student-centered educational experience that embraces diversity and nurtures students’ unique gifts and talents. Our students are bright and curious. Many have mild to moderate learning differences, have struggled in mainstream school settings, or are affected by anxiety and/or depression or other challenging circumstances. Above all, Holden provides a caring, empowering learning environment for Bay Area teens.

Is Holden right for you?

1. Engaged Academics 

We work successfully with a broad range of learners because we believe that learning is a process of discovery. As a result, Holden students learn to:

  • Ask questions
  • Advocate for themselves
  • Voice their opinions
  • Seek their own knowledge
  • Think critically and independently

For these reasons, when students graduate from Holden, they do so with academic confidence, a passion for learning, and plans for their futures.

2. Low-Stress Environment

Students feel good about learning because they form strong bonds with teachers and staff which allows them to advocate for their academic needs.

3. Tight-Knit Community

Because Holden is rooted in the alternative education movement, we recognize the importance of strong relationships with peers and adults for teen development. As a result, staff and students develop strong relationships through individual and group activities.

4. Preparation for Life

Holden’s Transition Program provides the skills and tools students need for their post-high school lives. Because the Transition Program works to help students realize their real-world strengths and gifts, we provide counsel, support, and connections to the broader community. This often results in internships, jobs, and community service opportunities. As a result, each graduate leaves with a concrete post-high school plan.


“Holden is the first school I actually want to attend.”  -Student

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