Academics

Experiential Learning

Finding Your Own Path

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 Bound and 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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    Project Outreach
    Every March, 9th graders travel to Philadelphia for a 10-day leadership experience during which they volunteer in the Fairmount Parks, at the St. Barnabas Mission, and at Philabundance. Click here to learn why service is so important to us.

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    Artward Bound
    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.

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    Out Back
    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.

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    Senior Thesis
    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.

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    Poetry Out Loud
    At Holderness, students participate annually in the national poetry recitation contest, Poetry Out Loud. Read more about the program and watch videos from past competitions.

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    Job Program
    Every Holderness student is responsible for the well-being of some part of the campus, working with staff to care for our buildings and grounds. Read more about one of our signature programs.

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Holderness School
33 Chapel Lane, Holderness NH, 03245
mail P.O Box 1879 Plymouth, NH 03264-1879
phone (603) 536-1257