A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A
Address
7303 River Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817
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Telephone
(301) 365-6000
Organization Memberships
NAIS

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$40,150
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1360
123 responses
Average ACT
31
42 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.5 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.5 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
  • Senior Spirit Day
    32%
  • 4th grade go-cart building
    16%
  • Spirit Parade
    16%
  • Halloween parade
    11%
  • Happy Birthday Holton
    11%
  • Flashback Dance
    5%
  • Blue/White Competitions
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
641
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
6:1
National
16:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
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Think twice or more before you send your daughter here. Some teachers are good (averaging about 60%), but the administration is inflexible. If your daughter is placed in the wrong level (which often occurs if you are coming from another school), they are stuck. The rotating schedule could be good, but there are days when the kids have hours of study hall (and many just watch videos). We are paying 40K for this! The school is more focused on whether the kids are having a good time socially than the academics, which are outdated, particularly in the liberal arts. Many of the teachers are hard to find--this is a comment we hear over and over from parents. Overall, our experience in the public schools was far superior, with better teaching and interactions. And the killer is that their curriculum does not match other schools so it will be very difficult to move to another school (i.e. to go back to public school). I rue the day we decided to send my daughter here.
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I loved Holton arms from 3rd-8th grade. However in ninth grade I was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder, and every thing spiraled since then. I am finding it hard to graduate because I had to go to a psychiatric hospital after suicidal thoughts, and now I am faced with a ridiculous amount of work and insensitivity from the school. I was told that I wasn't physically ill, so I had to come back to school immediately. Horrible horrible experiences that have traumatized me. Upper school is not a safe place. However, lower and middle school were the best years of my life. The only problem I have is with the administrators who do not take mental health seriously and the counselors who told me to hold all my feelings inside instead of expressing them healthily. Then I ended up in a psychiatric hospital. I wish very much that I could have left holton after 8th grade, but now I am overworked and I may not graduate.
This school legitimately changed my life. The Holton community helped me grow so much as a student and a person as a whole. I came from a good yet very large public school in Montgomery County and it was easy to feel anonymous and overlooked by your teachers. While that school produces many high achieving students, I can guarantee they do not have the same caliber of writing as Holton girls and they do not experience the same individualized attention that I have been lucky enough to experience at Holton. I know that my teachers genuinely care about me. They are always available outside of class to meet and chat, not only about the subject matter but whatever's on your mind. They come support students at sports games and clearly want the best for all of their students. The community is so unbelievably supportive and I've never felt so appreciated, respected, and free to be my authentic self. Holton encourages you to try new things, step outside your comfort zone, and chase your dreams. I know how cheesy this all sounds, but it's so, so true in my case and in the case of my 70ish sisters in plaid. Going to Holton was by far the best decision I ever made and I'm so grateful for the experiences I've had, the friends I've made, and the phenomenal education I've received. This community will rock your socks off. Seriously.