Holderness School

5.00 (8 reviews)
PO Box 1879
Plymouth, NH 03264
Holderness School Photo #1 - 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.
Holderness School Photo #1 - 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.
Holderness School Photo #2 - 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.
Holderness School Photo #3 - 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.
Holderness School Photo #4 - Our Snow Sports program is among the best in the nation, and we regularly send our skiers and snowboarders to the podium.
Holderness School Photo #5 - Even casual visitors to Holderness are struck by how often they hear "hello" in the buildings and on the walkways.
Holderness School Photo #6 - Athletics aren't just about wins and losses-they're about testing your limits. Our three-season sports philosophy is counter-cultural: instead of encouraging specialization, we honor participation and effort in everything we do. We cultivate grit and persistence. We find joy in the playing.
Holderness School Photo #7 - 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.
Holderness School Photo #8 - 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.
An independent school community committed to rigorous academics, epic adventures, and all-in athletics surrounded by New Hampshire`s lakes and White Mountains.

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Nestled in rural New Hampshire a unique aspect of Holderness school is its proximity to the White Mountains and the integral part they play over the course of a students education at Holderness. Weekend trips. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    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 2012
    5 Stars  
    Westminster College
    Holderness is a very unique school. Aside from the down to earth culture and genuine connections you will make with faculty, two things that make it unique are 'Special Programs' in the spring and the. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Holderness SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationEpiscopalNon-denominational
Year Founded18791907
Campus Size620 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment280 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1253* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeFormalCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2118
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$60 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$32,300$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT65%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsDavid Flynn
Associate Director of AdmissionsWoody Kampmann

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2416
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Field Hockey, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, Track and Field


Total Extracurricular Organizations1623
ExtracurricularsAcademic Competition Team, Alliance Club, Blue Key, Community Service Club, Dorm Prefects, Drama Club, Environment Club, Fishing Club, Habitat for Humanity, Holdernotes Acapella, Indoor Soccer, Investment Club, Multicultural Club, Student Newspaper, Student Vestry, 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 makes 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.
  • Holderness School accreditations: NEASC, AISNE, ISANNE

Profile last updated: 11/02/2020

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