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Special Programs

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. 

Project Outreach | 9th Grade

Students do volunteer work on Project Outreach.

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.
 

Artward Bound | 10th Grade

Students participate in Artward Bound during Special Programs.

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. 

Out Back | 11th Grade

Students on Out Back.

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.

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Senior Thesis | 12th Grade

A student gives her Senior Thesis presentation. 

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.

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