Holderness School

PO Box 1879
Plymouth, NH 03264
Tel: 603-536-1747
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 280 students
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Holderness School is an independent boarding school, grades 9 - 12, for smart kids who love the outdoors.
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It's located in beautiful Holderness, NH in the heart of ski country.
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 We hope you'll visit our website as well as visit the school someday soon!

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Holderness School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Episcopal Non-denominational
Year Founded 1879 1909
Campus Size 620 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 280 students 295 students
% Students of Color 11% 19%
% International Students 19% 20%
% Students Boarding 86% 68%
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 Less than once a month
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 14 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 70% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $60 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,750 $48,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$29,750 $27,675
% Students on Financial Aid 40% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $27,300 $20,630
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 45% 57%
Director of AdmissionsTyler Lewis
Associate Director of AdmissionsCynthia Day

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 20 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, 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 16 24
ExtracurricularsBlue Key Tour Guides, Community Service, Diversity Club, Dorm Proctors, Drama, Environmental Club, Food Council, Habitat for Humanity, National Honor Society, Outing Club, Peer Tutoring, School Newspaper, Student Activities, Student Government, Work Program, Yearbook

School Notes:

  • Holderness School is dedicated to helping young men and women who seek a personal and caring as well as a challenging educational environment to achieve their full potential for leading a meaningful and productive life in accordance with the central values and practices of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It aims to foster for each of its students a mature sense of physical and intellectual energy, an enduring capacity for responsible leadership, and a firm moral vision.
  • Holderness is committed to vigorous and independent intellectual inquiry within the broad scope of a challenging liberal arts curriculum, to comprehensive athletic and outdoor activities, to school and community service, and to close personal bonds between faculty and students.
  • School accreditations: NEASC

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Cardigan Mountain School (18.3 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Canaan, NHCardigan Mountain School
    62 Alumni Drive
    CanaanNH 03741
    (603) 523-3548
    18.3 mi | 215 students | Gr. 6-9
  • Tilton, NHTilton School
    30 School Street
    TiltonNH 03276
    22.1 mi | 240 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Andover, NHProctor Academy
    204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH 03216
    23.1 mi | 360 students | Gr. 9-12
  • Wolfeboro, NHWolfeboro: The Summer Boarding School
    93 Camp School Road
    WolfeboroNH 03894
    26.6 mi | 190 students | Gr. 6-12
  • Haverhill, NHOliverian School
    Mount Moosilauke Highway - Route 25
    HaverhillNH 03765
    26.9 mi | 50 students | Gr. 9-12
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