Holton-Arms School is an elite, private, all-girls school located in Bethesda, MD. It has 660 students in grades 3-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 8 to 1. Tuition is $40,150 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
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Culture & Safety
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
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- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses
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- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
Holton-Arms School Reviews
Looking back on my time at Holton, I am very grateful for the academic education and supportive teachers and staff. The school offers many great opportunities to get involved. I was well-prepared for college. Holton's all-girls education really prepares you to speak up in college classes. However, my social experience there was sub-par. Many, if not most of the girls there, are spoiled and come from wealthy homes. The cattiness and exclusivity never stopped up until graduation. I saw this everywhere. Across grades, groups of friends, and even among parents to be honest. Overall a great school, but I think the school needs to intervene to make the Holton experience more inclusive and enjoyable for everyone.
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.
The minute you step foot on campus, Holton teaches you about embracing sisterhood. We are encouraged to learn/understand everyone's background. We use this to strengthen our community. We are challenged academically. I feel such a better connection with my teachers. I know they all want to see me succeed. At Holton, I am given a platform to stand for what I believe in without being silenced. I was not forced to fit in a box and conform to a certain personality. Whether it was from my peers or the teachers, I always feel like I have a true support system. I have freedom at Holton that I just don't hear other students having.