Holderness School - Review #1

Holderness School

About the Author:

College Enrolled N/A
Home Town, State (Country) Portland, ME
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School Junior year - Football, Snowboarding, Lacrosse, Meals for Many Senior year - Football (Captain), Nordic Skiing, Lacrosse

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 up the mountains liven the lives of many students. First year or transfer student, it makes no difference, the white mountains welcome us all as we begin our journey at Holderness.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Boarding school helped me to mature. I transferred to boarding school because I was unsatisfied and unhappy with my position in life at that moment. By leaving home at a younger age I was forced to mature more and learn more for myself. I had to do all my laundry and get myself where I needed to be. It really taught me how to hold myself accountable.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
My advice to anyone thinking about boarding school is that as scary as it may be at first, it can easily become a place you come to think of as home. Early on try not to hole up in your room, make yourself get up and go to activities and events even if you're unsure because you might end up meeting your best friend or at least have a fun time.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The undeniable attraction to Holderness, for me, is it's location. Nestled in a quiet town it has everything you need and is just a short drive from some of the best mountains in New England.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Egg sandwiches at the snack bar are a must. Manny's pizza at least once a month. I lived in Webster and Hoyt, in terms of quality of life Hoyt has larger rooms and more amenities but the location of Webster is unbeatable (right across from the dining hall)


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The professors always strike me as my most favorite part of the academics at Holderness. Unlike any other school I've attended these professors posses true knowledge of their individual subjects. It's not just copying notes from a book, it's learning from the lives of those with true experience.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
At Holderness students are required to participate in sports for at least two of the three athletic seasons. For me this helped me stay focused and alert. It also seemed as if the campus is livened by all of the athletes.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
I myself did not spend a lot of time in many of the programs mentioned. I did, however, take one theater class which in all likelihood was my favorite class at Holderness. From the unique formatting to the attentiveness of the instructor, everything about this class was divine.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I participated in many different sports and a few other extracurricular activities at Holderness. What I liked most about these activities was the inclusiveness and the ability find an activity enjoyable for me because of the volume of options that were available.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm life at Holderness was calm and convenient. I liked how dorm parents (usually teachers) were on duty each night and could be sought out for help in any capacity. It was nice to also have multiple staff take dorm duty shifts rather than just one person every night.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Most dining at Holderness was serve and go, I liked the casual easy style of this and my freedom to pick whatever it was that I was interested in eating. Twice a week and on other occasions we had family style dinners (assigned seating and served food) the infrequency of these was nice because it provided a variety to our weekly dining. My favorite part of the family style dinners was the ability to meet new people that I may otherwise have not spoken to.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
As small a town as Plymouth is, it isn't too lacking. Any day of the week we could walk down to the local gas station and grab a snack or order a delivery pizza to the dorms. A lot of weekends my friends and I would order delivery pizza or Chinese food to de-stress after a high energy week. The local coffee shop is warm and welcoming and always nice for a brisk fall morning trip.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Social life at Holderness was interesting. As with any school there were friend groups and the sports teams would all hang out during their respective seasons, but there was no real hierarchy of power, no "popular' and "unpopular". Everyone stood on equal footing and everyone at the school had diverse and interesting personalities. The "jocks" were also the students on high honor roll in AP Spanish, everyone was accepted.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Holderness School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   5/31/2017
    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. . .
  • Holderness School Alumni #2
    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. . .
  • Holderness School Alumni #3
    Class of 2012
    5 Stars   6/13/2017
    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. . .
  • Holderness School Alumni #4
    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. . .
  • Holderness School Alumni #5
    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. . .
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