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 11 news stories.

  • 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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  • We Did It! The Elevating Academics Campaign Surpasses Fundraising Goal

    Holderness School charted a bold course for our teaching and learning program when we publicly launched the Elevating Academics Capital Campaign in 2018. After two and a half years of strategic planning and fundraising, Holderness is proud to announce that the campaign has achieved its goal of raising over $27.2 million!  
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  • Wendy and Phil Kistler P ’85

    A Matching Gift To Inspire Others: Supporting the Hagerman Center Renovations

    Patrick Buckley
    Wendy Witter Kistler P ’85 has dedicated her life to serving educational and non- profit organizations. In addition to being a Holderness School trustee from 1983 to 1993 and co-chairing “A Campaign for the ’80s,” Wendy has served as a member of the board at the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, the Fenn School, and the Carroll School. In 1985, she chaired the CASE/NAIS Conference for Independent Schools. She has also been a volunteer leader at Smith College and Harvard University and is a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT. A long time trustee of the Boston Museum of Science, she also serves Massachusetts General Hospital as a member of the Ladies Visiting Committee.
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  • Tom with his wife, Tracy

    A Humble Servant

    Suzanne Dewey
    Tom Phillips ‘75 has enjoyed a forty-year relationship with Holderness. He first stepped on campus as a middle-school youngster from Bedford, NY conducting a prep school tour. He saw five or six other schools, mostly in the Lakes Region, and when he visited the Holderness campus, he knew Holderness was the school for him.
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  • Teaching for Transference: A Modeling Experiment

    Mike Carrigan and Ian Casey
    Science teachers Mike Carrigan and Ian Casey took advantage of a HoldernessLEARNS mini-grant this past summer and put some innovative thinking into re-structuring their physics curriculum to advance student learning. They share some thoughts on their process in this Lamp article.
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  • An Interview with Trustee Sander van Otterloo ‘94

    Holderness is most fortunate to have a board of trustees who not only care about the school but who also offer professional expertise. Sander is currently the director of secondary school counseling and an English teacher at Shore Country Day School in Massachusetts. He is also an alumnus and serves as the chair of the Intellectual LIfe Committee on the Holderness Board of Trustees. Sander shares some thoughts about Holderness as a school and on the plans for the academic program and building campaign.
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  • Andrey Yao and Academic Dean Peter Durnan

    National Merit Scholarship Program Recognizes Holderness Student

    More and more students at Holderness like Andrey Yao '19 are focusing on STEM education. Physics teacher Mike Carrigan reports that the number of students enrolled in physics has doubled in the last decade. It is this demand that moves Holderness to elevate our STEM facilities with the creation of a new academic building and renovating existing academic spaces. Science labs alone will go from four to seven and we are creating a designated maker space so students can learn and create through hands-on activities.
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  • An Interview with Elizabeth Wolf

    Math teacher Elizabeth Wolf shares her thoughts on the value the new academic building will bring to teaching and learning at Holderness.
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  • Andrew Davis and his son, Weston

    Andrew Davis - Donor profile

    Holderness School is extremely grateful to the many donors who have given and will give to the Campaign for Elevating Academics. In this profile, we single out one such donor. We salute and thank parent and trustee Andrew A. Davis. 
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  • An Interview with Randy Houseman

    Science teacher Randy Houseman has been involved with the building project from the very start and shares his thoughts with us.
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