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Holderness School

Private | 9-12 | 283 students


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Posted May 28, 2012

After finishing my freshman year at Holderness, I'm really disappointed. The classes weren't challenging (though some of my peers seemed challenged probably a reflection of the generally lower level of student accepted at the school compared to other boarding prep schools) and I guess that if my parents had looked more closely they might have passed. The day student population seems especially weak, at least in my class. And with five percent of students nationwide getting National Merit recognition, and only one of Holdernesses students being recognized as a Commended student with no semi-finalists, just slightly more than one percent of students,I think that really says it all about the level. Private schools that really are college prep should be striving for 20% or more. I'll say it again. I'm really disappointed.
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Posted June 29, 2011

I am a graduate of Holderness School, having attended from my sophomore through my senior year. When I applied to Holderness, I was seeking an environment characterized by rigorous academics, strong athletics, and a collaborative culture. What I experienced far exceeded my expectations. Holderness offers an opportunity to learn, grow and lead in what could one of the most beautiful settings in New England. Teachers establish an atmosphere of hard work, group collaboration and achievement. The Jobs Program enables students to become group leaders at a young age, and to develop a strong work ethic outside of the classroom. The Outback program is a unique offering that enables students to learn key teamwork and outdoor skills independent of the classroom and athletic fields. Overall, Holderness is a small and unique school. It fosters an environment where students work hard in the classroom and in athletics, give back to the school via the Jobs Program, and ultimately look to give back to the school post graduation.

Posted January 13, 2005

Our daughter is 1,500 miles away from home attending Holderness. The day she stepped on campus, she felt as though she was 'home.' The staff and students already knew her name and she was a somebody. She is a member of the athletic teams and is being offered experiences that will last a lifetime!
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Posted February 25, 2004

An environment where all children feel welcomed and everyone knows their name -- teachers and students alike. Our son seems to have found a wonderful comfort level to be himself at Holderness.
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Posted August 22, 2003

An Incredible and extremely athletic school which prides itself on great academics along with Div. 1 athletics, many which rank in the top 10-50 in the nation. Strongest ski and soccer programs in the country.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 90% 89%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 3%
Black 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Po Box 1879 Chapel Ln
Plymouth, NH 03245
Phone: (603) 536-1257


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