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Students study a graduated cylinder in science class. 

Situated at the confluence of New Hampshire’s mountains, lakes, and rivers, Holderness offers a well-balanced science curriculum that focuses on the natural world and health and wellness.

At the introductory level, students learn the basic approaches and techniques of the life and physical sciences. At the upper level, students dive deeply into specific content areas, making particular use of our unparalleled access to New Hampshire's diverse ecosystems. At every level, students take full advantage of the state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratory space in the Davis Center for STEM

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

Featured Course

Sci. 101 | Biology

This course introduces students to essential principles of biology: cells, chemistry of life, genetics, evolutionary theory, biological diversity, and organism structure and function. Students use the framework of the scientific method to explore the living world in laboratory investigations, from traditional labs in the Davis Center for STEM to outdoor labs on Squam Lake and on our forested, 600-acre campus.  

Learning in Action

Sustainability Club

Today’s students will become adults in a rapidly-warming world, which makes our Climate Action Group all the more important. The group works to keep the school informed about climate change and engaged in sustainability on campus through initiatives like a campus thrift store and waste-reduction program. 


Girls in the STEMinists club cheer during an engineering lab task.

Holderness is far ahead of the nation as a whole in closing the gender gap in math and science. In 2020, it won the College Board’s AP Computer Science Diversity Award. The STEMinists take it one step further by meeting with successful women in STEM fields, visiting local labs, and discussing their passions for math, science, and technology.

Meet Our Science Faculty

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