Every student’s educational path is unique, which is why Holderness provides multiple opportunities to learn through a variety of programs. From the Job Program to Outdoor Education, from Poetry Out Loud to Senior Thesis, our students are immersed in real life experiences that allow them to discover their strengths and work through their weaknesses.
One of the most exciting times to be a Holderness student occurs in March, when the school embarks on a ten-day adventure called Special Programs. Groups of students, divided mostly by class and led by faculty, participate in activities that address the lessons of the mind, body, and spirit. Beginning in the late 1960s with a program that would become Out Back, Special Programs quickly diversified and now includes Artward Boundand Project Outreach. Together the programs shape our students, building their understanding of Holderness School’s core values--community, character, and curiosity.
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Every March, 9th graders travel to Lowell, Massachusetts for a 10-day leadership experience during which they volunteer at Lowell Transitional Housing, at the House of Hope, with the Special Olympics, and at the Lowell Boys and Girls Club. Click here to learn why service is so important to us.
Every March during Special Programs, our 10th graders participate in a 10-day work with visiting musicians, dancers, visual artists, and poets. Click here to learn more about the program and to see pictures from this past year.
Out Back is a challenging, ten-day winter camping experience for 11th graders, that teaches leadership, team-building, and wilderness survival skills. Click here to learn more about this life-changing program.
Senior Thesis incorporates research, experiential learning, mentoring, and presentation skills into one capstone project. Click here to learn more about the wide range of subjects our seniors choose to investigate.