A key component of the school’s experiential learning curriculum is Special Programs, an adventure that takes all students outside the classroom for 10 days each March.
All ninth-graders students spend Special Programs performing community service in local towns and cities. Whether they’re serving lunch at a soup kitchen in Berlin or clearing trails at a summer camp in Bethlehem, students learn the importance of serving others.
Sophomores remain on campus, where they participate in workshops with visiting musicians, dancers, visual artists, and poets. Along the way, they discover the role art can play in exploring their identities and understanding their places in the world.
Led by Holderness faculty, juniors break off into small groups for an 11-day backpacking excursion in the White Mountains. It’s a life-changing experience for many students, who learn valuable skills and gain confidence in themselves as they overcome new challenges.
During Special Programs in March, seniors leave campus to spend a week shadowing an expert in their chosen Senior Thesis topic. It's invaluable real-world experience that students use to inform their yearlong Senior Thesis projects.