Community is the core pillar that upholds everything else we do.
At Holderness, community begins with relationships - the carefully tended bonds that unite us with friends, coaches, and teachers. We learn each other’s names. We say hello to each other on the way to class. We sit down to dinner together. We make our students feel known and supported in a way that can only happen in the kind of tight-knit community that Holderness provides.
We are committed to building a welcoming and inclusive community, and that begins with a vibrant residential life program. With an 8:1 student to dorm parent ratio and seventeen dormitories, our campus feels like a neighborhood – a home away from home – where common rooms, hallways, and even dorm parent kitchens come to life with the sounds of laughter and friendship.
We believe that students thrive in a school community where they are known and respected. Our adviser program ensures that students have the support, guidance, and care they need to grow and succeed at Holderness. Whether it’s cheering from the sidelines, sharing a meal at family-style dinner, or a conversation during study hall, advisers are steadfast in their commitment to our students.
Holderness pays a lot of attention to the schedule because life at a boarding school is pretty full. In addition to academics and athletics, we prioritize daily community gatherings like assemblies, family-style meals, and chapels. Our schedule even adjusts to the change in seasons, with athletic practices in the morning and classes in the afternoon on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the winter.
If the classroom can't contain your curiosity, the wide range of clubs and activities will keep you engaged. Explore local trails and visit regional museums and festivals as part of regular weekend activities. Interested in engineering, social justice, outdoor adventure, economics, climate advocacy, or journalism? There's a club for that and a lot more. And, starting your own club or activity is easy – just grab a few friends and a faculty advisor.
"We are a tight-knit group that always strives to make individuals the best possible version of themselves - Adam '21
All Holderness students are encouraged to become collaborative, empathetic community members, whether they’re captaining a team or leading a crew in our campus-wide Job Program.
At Holderness, service to others is written into our mission statement - pro deo et genere humano - For God and humankind." Holderness, students give back through their work on Project Outreach, Vestry, Relay for Life, and many other initiatives.
Whether they’re skiing at Cannon Mountain or kayaking down the Pemigewasset River, Holderness students have endless opportunities to join up and explore New Hampshire's beautiful mountains, lakes and rivers.
As a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, Holderness is steeped in a tradition of spiritual inclusion and open inquiry. Find out more about our Chapel Program and how we support every individual on their spiritual path.