Holderness School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
PO Box 1879
Plymouth, NH 03264
Tel: 603-536-1747
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 280 students
Our alumni consistently tell us that our student run Job Program was formative for their future success, noting proudly that they were supervisors, event planners, and project managers before they even graduated  high school.
Our alumni consistently tell us that our student run Job Program was formative for their future success, noting proudly that they were supervisors, event planners, and project managers before they even graduated  high school.
Our Snow Sports program is among the best in the nation, and we regularly send our skiers and snow boarders to the podium.
At Holderness, energy and ambition are prerequisites; passion and accomplishment are the results.
Holderness is just a few miles from the slopes of Cannon Mountain, Loon Mountain, and Waterville Valley.  Our Snow Sports athletes also train in Switzerland, Colorado, Utah and California - just to name a few.
In the Holderness classroom each student is??literally??in the front row, with an average class size of 12. We offer AP courses spanning multiple disciplines, and encourage students to pursue an intellectual passion of their own in their twelfth-grade year as part of the Senior Thesis program.
Even casual visitors to Holderness are struck by how often they hear ??hello?' in the buildings and on the walkways.
Our girls' field hockey team has been to the finals of the NEPSAC tournament every year for the last twenty-two years -- a tradition that's hard to beat.
Our athletics programs provide for the highest levels of participation at several levels of competition.This means that each Holderness student receives dedicated training and coaching in as many as three sports per year, wears a Holderness uniform, and regularly represents the school. Nobody stands on the sidelines.
We have a ratio that you won?'t hear about at any other school ?? 8:1.  That?'s what we call a ??ratio for relationships?' - a ratio that means that for every eight students in a dormitory there is one faculty member to support, guide and mentor them.
We think that great things happen when students work alongside practicing artists. They learn not only to speak and understand the language of the arts, but how the arts can break down barriers??between people, and inside them.
  • Holderness School is an independent boarding school, grades 9 - 12, for academically minded students with a love of the outdoors.
  • We are located in beautiful Holderness, NH in the heart of ski country. Visit our website to fill out an online inquiry and give us a call or email to schedule a campus visit!.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   11/29/2016
    St. Joesephs
    The one thing about Holderness that I thought was incredibly unique, and one of my favorite aspects of the school, is the sense of community. I don't think I've ever been as close to a. . .

  • Class of 2010
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    Roger Williams Universtiy
    The teachers always went above and beyond to not only be a strong teacher but also friends with many of the student, this became strong on during Outback and other Special Programs trips where students. . .

  • Class of 2005
    5 Stars   11/28/2016
    Trinity College (CT)
    The four years that I spent at Holderness were, without a doubt, the most enjoyable and most transformative years of my life. I have worked at three different independent schools since college and it. . .

  • Class of 1980
    5 Stars   10/29/2016
    Boston University
    The mandatory work program for every student and the balanced mix of academic, athletic, and art exposure required developed ability to focus. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Holderness School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1879 1910
Campus Size 620 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 280 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1800 * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 19 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $60 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,500 $50,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$38,500 $28,200
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $32,300 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 65% -
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsDavid Flynn
Associate Director of AdmissionsSarah Svindland

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 19 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cycling, Field Hockey, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations 24 23
ExtracurricularsAlliance Club, Blue Key, Community Service Club, Current Events Club, Diversity Club, Dorm Prefects, Drama Club, Environment Club, Fishing Club, Food Club, Habitat for Humanity, Investment Club, Math Team, Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, Outing Club, Peer Tutoring, School Newspaper, Slackline Club, Student Activities, Student Government, Vestry, Work Program, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Holderness is an independent, boarding day school, offering grades 9-12. The combination of the school's focus on community and character and its joyful outdoor spirit are what make it distinctive. Holderness offers a first class preparatory education, along with outstanding snow sports, athletics and arts programs. Our students graduate well educated, resilient, and open-minded, with the skills for a happy and successful life.
  • School accreditations: NEASC, AISNE, ISANNE
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