Elevating Academics Campaign

Elevating Academics Campaign

Holderness has enjoyed academic facilities that were fashioned two, five, and more decades ago. Yet today’s 21st-century learner needs a flexible, invigorating environment that serves as a springboard for ambition. While preserving small class sizes, highlighting relationships and maintaining the trust and security of a learning community, intellectual excellence is limitless.

We focused on multi-disciplinary exploration and reconsidered what the academic experience could look like. Our educators imagined how teaching and learning could be supported by experiential learning and adaptable spaces with modern outfitting, matching the innovations in our methods and curricula.  
Teaching and learning requires new habits, flexible methods, and elevating environments. Renovations and a new facility will add 25,000+ additional square feet of technology-supported learning space to our campus, providing up-to-date wet and dry science labs, classrooms, seminar areas, and makerspace.

Academic Enhancements

New Academic Building

Renovations to Hagerman & Schoolhouse

New Academic Quad

Academic Goals

  • Build a new academic building based on principles of innovation, flexibility, and collaboration integrating today’s current technology
  • Increase size, configuration, and flexibility of learning spaces
  • Create collaborative, hands-on and interdisciplinary engagement
  • Integrate buildings into an academic quad that deliberately and thoughtfully connects classrooms with the outdoors

Campus Impact

  • Doubling academic learning space by adding 25,000+ square feet
  • The new spaces will offer considerable size and flexibility
  • Increase the total number of learning spaces from 34 to 45
  • Increase the size of traditional classrooms by 100%
  • Increase the number of lab spaces from four to seven
  • Increase the number of breakout/collaborative spaces
  • Increase number of faculty planning rooms
  • Increase the number of special-use spaces by adding makerspaces, fly loft and potentially a black box classroom.

Teaching and Learning at Holderness

Staying Connected with our Roots

Head of School Phil Peck shares a letter to the community about Holderness School's plans for a new academic building and renovations
Campaign Goal of $27,200,000
101% Funded
$27,310,445 Raised
Every new dollar will be matched by an anonymous donor at $1.60 through the end of the campaign

News & Profiles

List of 3 news stories.

  • Bold Construction Project Begins at Holderness School

    Andrew Herring
    Following the successful completion of the Elevating Academics Campaign, Holderness School has begun a historic project that will see the construction of a new academic building as well as renovations to existing academic spaces.  Driven by the guiding principles of innovation, collaboration, and flexibility, this project will have a lasting impact on Holderness School’s ability to deliver a transformational education.
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  • New Academic Building Groundbreaking

    The cold and wet early May weather did not daunt joyful spirits as Holderness held a special groundbreaking assembly to mark the start of a new academic chapter in the school's history. The entire school gathered inside Hagerman along with the Board of Trustees and special guests to initiate the new academic building. Board Chair Bob Hall, Head of School Phil Peck, School President Dylan DeVries '19 and STEMinist Carolyn Fernandes '20 offered remarks in honor of the occasion. Plenty of singing marked the event featuring former Music Director Dave Lockwood and the HolderNotes directed by current Music Director Alec Sisco. Outside at the new building site and in torrential rain, various representatives with shovels and hard hats formally broke ground! Read below for the remarks shared by Phil Peck and Carolyn Fernandes' 20.
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  • Taking a Chance

    Patrick Buckley
    Joseph Massik ’46 grew up in Dorchester, MA, and spent two years at public high school before attending Holderness. He described himself as a “problem child who would not amount to anything,” until Headmaster Edric Weld decided to take a chance on him.
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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