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3-12
Private
Bethesda, MD
Students enrolled: 644
 

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7303 River Road
Bethesda, MD 20817

(301) 365-5300
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February 03, 2015
Holton-Arms provides the best and most qualified teachers, willing to help, which in my opinion, is the most significant aspect. The teachers are patient and kind, devoted to the students and the school. Holton-Arms surrounds students with a comfortable and diverse atmosphere. It's rigor and high expectations prepares students for college in the best possible way. This is the best education you can possibly receive. I am not a parent who hears information from their child. I am an alum who has experienced it herself.

- submitted by a community member

June 02, 2014
Wonderful school for girls - very diverse in terms of interests, bkgrds, socio-economic status & race.

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March 05, 2014
I am a parent of two Holton students and I can honestly say that Holton has fostered young women of integrity, intellect, and purpose. They have gained the ability to navigate challenging material while keeping their enthusiasm for learning in tact. The student body is tremendously diverse and offers the richness of being among the best of the diverse communities in this area. Girls learn to respect themselves in the process too. This is a community that is sensitive to the wellness of each child. This approach is an important part of what makes Holton such a special place. I believe that our daughters have gained a great advantage in life to have been taught not only the excellent academics, but also the life skills needed to succeed in their future careers as leaders of the next generation.

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2014
I am a lower schooler at Holton. I started last year and I really love my school! We have the best teachers ever, and I really like Mr. Bane too. He is the head of our school. In science we have a technology class that is really cool. We learn about all different cultures and create amazing stories. We always try to make sure we include all the students and look out for the kids who are having a hard time. It is important to be a good citizen of our school, and think about others around us. We are part of a bigger community and I love it! Holton is the best!

- submitted by a community member

December 01, 2013
Holton-Arms is amazing. I am a student, in 8th grade. The teachers are extremely nice and helpful, and contrary to a post before, most teachers stay at school until five or six o'clock so it is easy to make an appointment with them. To the October 6th review: Every teacher has an assignment document on the course page where all of the assignments for the month are posted. Onenote is better in my opinion because it is accessed on your computer and doesn't need WiFi to work. We use Google Drive for projects so Holton does use browser-based applications. -- The middle school director is very open to suggestions. The teachers are amazing and always willing to stay after school to help you. Global Ed is amazing with opportunities in Belize and New Orleans. In response to the homework load: It is really not that much for me. Sure, you can spend a lot of time on it if you have to study for quizzes and work on projects. The teachers tell us that if it's taking you 30 minutes or more, than you should talk to them and work out a plan. Overall, Holton is an amazing school for me.

- submitted by a community member

November 15, 2013
I compared this school with Spark Matsunaga Elementary school, MD in Germantown and Gibbs Elementary school in Germantown, MD and a few other elementary schools in the area. The students from these schools are much more competitive and advance academically and in sports as they have to compete with more number of students and more diverse students. Parents are more involved in kids development. The public school of Montgomery county have far better resources than this school. Only rich people send their kids to satisfy their ego. Spending money in this school is not worth it. I would suggest to take benefit of resource rich Montgomery County Public Schools to make your kids better humans instead of making race horses.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2013
Disappointing. The Middle School fails to provide much of the infrastructure and support that public schools have long mastered. Students are required to carry one set of books back and forth between home and school, while all local schools have solved this problem by providing multiple sets of books for students. The website does not provide a way for teachers to provide immediate feedback on tests, quizzes, and homework assignments nor does it provide a daily report on what assignments are due. Students are required to purchase individual laptops that are very expensive compared to most commercial options and use out of date applications such as onenote frequently when browser based applications are available everywhere. So when your daughter has an expensive laptop that frequently crashes or forgets to bring home a textbook in her 20 pound backpack full of materials, a meltdown is created. Public schools have long resolved these issues but Holton is far behind the times.

- submitted by a parent

September 24, 2013
It is a very difficult school for an above average student from an upper middle class income. The majority of the teachers leave before 4pm so parent/teacher interaction requires taking time off work. The school requires a commitment to a daily commute. Students from wealthier backgrounds fit in because of their socio economic status. Low income students are generally scholarship recipients and can fall back on their academic status. But for a student whose parents earn a modest income, going to expensive parties in wealthy surroundings, adjusting to the academic workload, and the demands of the commute is too much. In public school the surrounding parents were much friendlier, everyone was close by, the parties were less assuming, and the academic workload was more manageable. Everyone wants their child to have the best education possible, and I believe that my child would have received a better overall experience at public school.

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June 04, 2013
The Feb 2013 parent is dead wrong in my view. Clique-ishness at Holton is at an all-time high. The diversity committee recently had to call a special meeting of African American parents because of a low diversity rating and racist comments made about some of the black students. Holton is more interested in cranking out Ivy Leaguers than in developing individuality, character, and integrity.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2013
couldn't disagree more wih the Jan 23, 2013 parent. My daughter has been at Holton since 3rd grade and I have nothing but positive things to say about the school, the girls and the parents. My daughter is cerebral and a high performer. She has found like-minded friends and i have found all the girls get along, whether they are sporty or nerdy. There is something for everyone at the school. I have found the girls at NCS to be more like what she is describing.

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February 24, 2012
The lower school is beyond amazing, with a fabulous director- makes me want to go back to school. Middle school is full of teachers who LIKE teaching those ages, and is a really good transition place- director has a great understanding of the needs of the whole child, and the girls are really prepared for the full-on intensity of upper school. Upper school is great if your girl is ready for it: it is staggering what these girls do- academics, sports, arts. Lots of opportunities, lots of support. Btw- the comment about the 'eery' quiet of the MS & US- it is very Montessori-like.If you go, ask about the 'gift of time', take a peek at the Senior & Junior lounges, look at the girls working in 1s and 2s in the halls. It is purposeful in a happy way. Mine LOVE that there are no harsh bells between classes! The vast majority of Holton girls are amazingly kind and welcoming to the new girls; the snobbish minority is very small, and tmost of the girls look down on it. The diversity of the student body is the best I've ever seen, and they are very well integrated (students more tnan the parents). No school is right for everyone, but this community really tries to work together for the kids.

- submitted by a parent

January 27, 2012
My daughter has been at Holton since the 3rd grade and is now in 8th. We have found Holton to be a wonderful school. The teachers, school heads as well as the head of school Susanna Jones have been exceptionally attentive to each and every girl. Academics have also been exceptional and there have been numerous opportunities to engage in almost any athletic pursuit. She made friends easily and continues to maintain a large circle of close knit friends who interact like sisters. As an African American family, we have found the school to be particularly welcoming and inclusive of our and all other cultures. In the 6 years that we have been a part of the Holton community, we have not seen or experienced any of the elitist attitudes expressed by another reviewer. My daughter has been challenged academically but has found the workload to be very manageable as long as she prepares adequately. Within the first 2 weeks of entering Holton in the 3rd grade she demonstrated a higher level of confidence and self assurance that has only continued to grow. We could not be more pleased with the experience and education at this school.

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January 05, 2012
Holton is a wonderful place where girls of different social, economic and cultural backgrounds can find their place. There are great athletic opportunities as well as extraordinary arts (both visual and performing). The teachers really care and provide great mentoring for the girls, even though who might be hesitant to ask in another environment. My family has been there for 9 years and my daughters friends cross all of the lines that might otherwise divide people. Holton encourages that. Girls can safely take intellectual risks here, which makes them better prepared for the future.

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2011
My Daughter just graduated from Holton. She entered in 9th grade from public school and was welcomed warmly. She has thanked us repeatedly for "making her go." The elitist reputation of the school is completly false- although it was funny that the girls from Maryland ( the majority) thought Vienna, Virginia was the "country" when they came to visit her at home. The althletic program was excellent as was the academic rigor and personal advising staff. She is intellectually curious and engages me in conversation on subjects from cancer therapy to Picasso's misogyny. Sending her to Holton was the best decision we ever made. Oh, and she still hangs out with all the neighborhood girls who went to the local public school- it is not considered "slumming" as an earlier post claims.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2011
It is not hard to get a good education in the Washington DC area, so even though Holton is OK academically, you want to consider what kind of values and social skills your child will be exposed to in this school. Holton is extremely elitist and most students carry a sense of entitlement due to their affluent social status. The girls are very smart, but utilize their intelligence toward advancing their social standing. The girls generally only associate with those in their same affluent society because to bee seen "slumming around" with public school kids or the merely upper middle class lowers your social standing.

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March 31, 2011
Lower school science department is great. Library is nice. Good facilities and Center for the Arts.

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March 31, 2011
Our first year at Holton-Arms School has turned out "okay". Big Kudos to the Science department in the lower school. The girls did have some great visitors this year, such as visiting authors, etc.

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February 07, 2011
Holton arms school is not a good place to put your child in if you want them to become a grounded adult. The majority of students are phony and self centered. The students form 2 cliques: those on scholarship and those who are not. The middle and High schools are eerily quiet, and the girls file through them as if drugged. It is not normal. However, if you have a shy child, the lower school is a very nurturing environment that will help them come out of their shell.

- submitted by a community member

November 05, 2010
As a parent with children in three different private schools, I have to say that Holton-Arms has proven itself to be an incredible school. Not only is it exceptionally well organized and tailored to fostering a truly productive learning environment, but it has managed to attract amazing teachers and administrations at all levels whose talents and diligence has created an amazing educational program. It is not by chance that all the students consistently show kindness and respect for each other, welcoming new girls and foreign students as if they knew them all their life and at the same time showing a sense of independence and confidence so important in building good leadership skills among girls.

- submitted by a parent

November 05, 2010
As a parent with children in three different private schools, I have to say that Holton-Arms has proven itself to be an incredible school. Not only is it exceptionally well organized and tailored to fostering a truly productive learning environment, but it has managed to attract amazing teachers and administrations at all levels whose talents and diligence has created an amazing educational program. It is not by chance that all the students consistently show kindness and respect for each other, welcoming new girls and foreign students as if they knew them all their life and at the same time showing a sense of independence and confidence so important in building good leadership skills among girls.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2010
Holton-Arms is an extraordinary school for girls with strong academic, athletic, visual and/or performing arts interests. In the upper school, its academic program has great breadth and depth. In 2009, the girls sat AP exams in 20 subject areas. Twenty-eight girls were received National Merit commended, finalist or scholar recognition. As highlighted in its school profile, "The School admits girls with strong academic interests and abilities who wish to enjoy and contribute to the life of the school community. Our student body reflects a diversity that includes academic, economic (24% receive financial aid), geographic (72% Maryland, 13% D.C., 14% Virginia), cultural, racial and ethnic (40.7% students of color and 4.2% foreign nationals), and religious differences." My daughter, who falls in the 40.7% students of color category, has enjoyed lower, middle and upper school divisions at Holton.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2010
2nd generation student. My daughter started in the 3rd and is going to the 10th. Love the school. It is a good fit for my daughter. We do not live in the HAS community and use the HAS school bus. We have not had any problems worth complaining about. There will always be something that is not perfect. However, I encourage my daughter maintain family values and keep it moving.

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June 01, 2010
Stay away from this place. The parent who wrote that "in order to balance diversity, whether it be financial or ethnic, some girls are admitted who have certain discipline issues" pretty much sums it up. A good place if you are lily white and rich...cause we know those folks don't have discipline problems.

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May 31, 2010
Do your daughter a favor , keep them out of this overprice cliquish school, especially they don't want minority there. also there is quite a bit of low level harrassment (maybe better word is bullying).

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May 21, 2010
My daughter attended the Holton arms school for girls for 7 years. She thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The homework is rigorous and very much prepared her for college nicely. The girls are nice and accepting. The school is full of christian virtues. Overall, holton is a wonderful school

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April 02, 2010
Holton is a good school. However, in order to balance diversity, whether it be financial or ethnic, some girls are admitted who have certain discipline issues. While bullying is not a major issue at the school, there are instances of low level bullying. Hopefully, the school will confront this directly and not be afraid of offending the offenders. The safety of the bullied should always be first and foremost.

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March 09, 2010
I graduated from Holton-Arms and honestly do not believe I could've gotten a better education anywhere else I went. From the true care of the teachers to school unity throughout divisions, Holton truly does uphold its motto: 'education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.' Academics are strong and can be overwhelming at times, but it's a college-prep school, and that's what you're paying for.

- submitted by a student

December 01, 2009
My daughter started at Holton in the 9th grade. We looked diligently for a high school in VA, MD and DC that would offer her top notch academics, a place where she could participate in sports and grow into a confident young woman. We found that and so much more at Holton. I continue to be impressed each and every day. The faculty/administration knows girls and makes conscious decisions with the girls' best interest at heart. The community (students, parents and faculty/staff) was so welcoming of us as newbies. The girls are poised, articulate, motivated, kind and smart. The faculty knows its students and truly wants them to succeed; every one of them. What a great environment for my daughter. What a great education she is receiving. We are thrilled!

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May 22, 2009
I love Holton im in 7th grade and this is my 2nd year. The girls are so nice and everyone is very welcoming but they do give a lot of homework and a lot of tests but its a great school.

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January 05, 2009
Great lower school. Very nurturing and caring teachers. Sixth grade becomes more challenging. My daughter really enjoys the school.

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December 02, 2008
Good school but not the right fit for everyone. Had a miserable 10 years. Spent most of my extracurricular time at Sidwell. Found most students ignorant and spoiled. Not worth the tuition if you are in a good public school district (Whitman, WJ etc.) Wish I had not attended.

- submitted by a student

November 05, 2008
I could not have asked for a better education.

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no rating
September 15, 2008
Holton is a great school. I am in the seventh grade there and i love it!

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May 12, 2008
My daughter has been at Holton for four years. Although she does not love the all-girl environment, she has gown to be a remarkably insightful, confident, academically accomplished student. She has excelled in the arts and athletically. She has loved her middle school experience and the lap-top program. She has learned to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities and support provided by Holton to ensure each student's success. As we move out of state and away from this amazing school, I know the values and confidence that come from attending an all-girl school will be with my daughter always.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 16, 2008
Holton-Arms is an excellent school, but not necessarily for everyone. Many of the girls attend because their parents want them to be there, and not because they want to be there. Sometimes the heavy academic workload can be stressful. Make sure it's a good fit for your daughter, especially at the middle and upper school levels.

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May 28, 2007
Holton-Arms is well-known for its excruciatingly difficult academics, fabulous arts programs, off-the charts athletics, and much more. My daughter is in the eleventh grade and is supported by her school with a scholarship. She is an all-american lacrosse player and is very competitive in academics.

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May 06, 2004
My daughter had attended Holton since third grade. She is in 9th grade now (May 2004). My wife determined that the single sex school concept had something going for it and Holton has proven that true. The teachers and staff are outstanding. The head-of-school is one of a kind. They are strong not only on the academic level, but in the arts and sports. They recently completed an expansion and rennovaton of classroom space and purchase of top notch science equipment. Although the tuition is high ($20,000 per year, which they are sure to remind you includes lunch) no one should be put off by that since scholarships and financial aid are available. We know several who pay reduced tuition or none at all. Unfortunately, we pay full freight, but consider it worth the money. Zoning restrictions keep the enrollment at the 665 level. Very worthwhile to check out.

- submitted by a parent

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Holton-Arms School
7303 River Road, Bethesda, MD  20817
(301) 365-5300
Last modified Holton-Arms School is a Private school that serves grades 3-12
Holton-Arms School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top