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DEPARTMENTS & CURRICULUM

At Holderness, the focus isn’t just on grades, or how well you perform on a test. Our broader goal is to help students develop a lifelong passion for learning.

With small class sizes, interdisciplinary learning, and endless opportunities for real-world lessons in New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains, a Holderness education fosters the growth of mind, body, and spirit.

Students collect water samples on Squam Lake

English

Holderness students discuss a book during English class

In our English courses, students become more critical and creative readers, writers, speakers, listeners, viewers, and thinkers.

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Science

Holderness students conduct a chemistry lab

Students learn about biology, chemistry, and physics in the state-of-the-art Davis Center for STEM. In-class learning is enriched by fieldwork in New Hampshire’s mountains, forests, and lakes.

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Modern Languages

Holderness offers courses in Spanish, French, and Mandarin and seeks to cultivate an understanding of both language and culture. 

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Performing Arts

Holderness student practices drums during music class

Explore your creativity through coursework in theatre, dance, music, and regular student performances.

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History

Holderness students study history

Students are challenged to think for themselves, engage their peers’ ideas, and balance different interpretations of our past as they hone historical thinking skills.

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Mathematics

Holderness teacher writes equation on the board

Our mathematics curriculum emphasizes collaboration and experiential learning, teaching hands-on problem-solving skills as a foundation for college work.

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Visual Arts

Holderness Student paints

Students take courses in studio arts, ceramics, and photography, with regular exhibits of their work across campus.

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Theology & Religious Studies

A photo of a page from an ancient Bible. 

Combining academic learning and personal reflection in the pursuit of meaningful engagement with different religious traditions.

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Visit our Curriculum Guide for a full list of academic requirements and course descriptions.

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