College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

Holton 101


Founded in 1901

School Colors: Blue & White

Mascot: Panther

The Holton-Arms Crest: The lamp symbolizes the light cast by knowledge, the orbs signify a guild or group that comes together for a purpose, the bay leaf symbolizes youth, and the open book symbolizes the teachers’ role in imparting knowledge.

Holton-Arms Defining Statements

Mission Statement

The mission of the Holton-Arms School is to cultivate the unique potential of young women through the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.”

* Jessie Moon Holton (1866-1951, founder)

School Motto

Inveniam viam aut faciam | I will find a way or make one.

Vision Statement

Inspiring young women to lead lives of positive influence.


Founded in 1901, Holton-Arms is a college-preparatory school for girls grades 3-12 dedicated to the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.*” The School provides rigorous and dynamic programs in the traditional academic areas, the fine and performing arts, and athletics. Here, young women of diverse backgrounds can take risks, learn from mistakes, pursue opportunities for leadership, and build lifelong friendships. Holton-Arms is a vibrant community that values consistency and order as well as creativity and freedom. We seek to develop personal integrity and the sense of responsibility that help young women to make wise and ethical choices. We work to build the values of respect, compassion, and service to others, within the School and in local, national, and global communities. We believe that with intellectual curiosity, self-reliance, tenacity of purpose, and commitment to others, Holton women will make a difference in a complex and changing world.

Statement of Respect

At Holton-Arms, we believe that by demonstrating understanding and acceptance of each person, we enable one another to thrive. Our goal is to create a respectful environment, based on trust, which allows for individuality, support, and security for all members of the community. We define respect as the recognition and consideration of the dignity, worth, rights, and safety of each person, as an individual and as a member of the community. Respect entails acknowledging and seeking to understand different beliefs and values, even if they are not our own.

We believe that successful learning is a process which depends upon a willingness to take risks, ask difficult questions, and make mistakes. We strive to be a community where individuals are aware of the impact their actions may have on others and where each of us will assume responsibility for acting in a way that helps to create and maintain a respectful community. Such a community should be a place where we interact and engage in conversation openly, explore similarities and differences candidly, and view experiences of conflict as an opportunity to grow.

Commitment to Diversity

Holton-Arms is committed to multicultural education, to a diverse student body and faculty, and to the support and respect for the dignity and worth of each member of the school community, regardless of socio-economic background, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation. Examples of prejudice or stereotyping in or outside of the classroom should be confronted directly. Any such incident is an opportunity for discussion and education. Some may also require disciplinary measures. Please ask for help from the guidance staff and/or the administration, as needed. We feel it is essential that incidents or attitudes which detract from the school’s commitment to the worth of each individual student and adult be addressed, for the benefit of all the individuals involved and of the school community.

Diversity Mission Statement

The Holton-Arms School, within the context of its educational mission, seeks inclusion, equity, and pluralism in its policies, practices, and programs and teaches respect for the rights of all people.

An essential part of the Holton-Arms, mission is to prepare young women for a changing world, to endow each girl with a profound sense of respect for herself and her community, and to help each girl reach her full potential. In founding this school, Jessie Moon Holton believed that education has the power to liberate the mind and spirit. She was a strong advocate of kindness, understanding, cooperation, and service. At Holton-Arms we understand the importance of education in achieving flexibility of thinking, respect for differences, moral courage, and appreciation for common ground. We also recognize that these educational goals are rarely achieved without occasional conflict; Holton-Arms, therefore, provides a forum for reasoned and honest discussion involving a range of opinions and personal experiences where civility, respect, and depth of understanding may be developed.

We will work toward the following goals:

  • A Board of Trustees that is inclusive in its membership and provides the leadership necessary for fostering an equitable and just school community.
  • A diverse school community that encourages all of its members (students, parents, faculty, and staff) to develop mutual respect, integrity, moral courage, and civility through discourse, teamwork, and a variety of community experiences.
  • A curriculum which is broad and inclusive.
  • Increased participation of alumnae of all backgrounds in the life of the School, to support one another, and to mentor current students.
  • Providing the training and skills necessary to achieve these goals.
Key Events

Convocation - The first day of classes is set for Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8 a.m. We will follow a special schedule to accommodate the traditional all-school Convocation beginning at 9 a.m. Parents are invited to attend this opening ceremony, which establishes the tone and theme for the school year.

The first day of school is also a special day for seniors who traditionally arrive early to school, line the driveway and greet new and returning underclassmen as they drive onto campus – be sure to arrive early, honk your horn, and cheer for the class of 2018!

Back-to-School Nights are held in the early fall for each division (Middle School on September 8, Upper School on September 14, Lower School on September 29). This is your opportunity to meet your daughter’s teachers, to learn about the curriculum, and to ask specific questions about our academic program. Light fare will be provided followed by an important general meeting, time with your daughter’s advisor (Middle & Upper School), and then ten to fifteen minute sessions with each of your daughter’s teachers.

Spirit Week – This school-wide event occurs each year in the fall. Throughout the week students enjoy special “out-of-uniform” days (e.g., blue-white day, pajama day, etc.). This week is also marked by a school-wide parade and game of blue/white freeze dance. Parents are welcome to witness this spectacle. Parents are welcome to view the parade/freeze dance. Details will be provided before the event with tips on the best spots for viewing.

Parent/Teacher Conferences - November 9 and 10, 2017 - There are no classes for students, please note students in grades 7 through 12 will participate in these conferences. This is the opportunity to visit with your daughter’s teachers to discuss her progress and establish goals. Parents are required to sign up online. (Look for instructions in Holton’s weekly eNewsletter in mid-October.)

Mosaic - This annual community-wide event typically held in late January/early February, celebrates the cultural and ethnic richness of the Holton-Arms community – parents, students, faculty and staff. The event provides opportunities for everyone to share their family heritage with others. Included in the evening are art and cultural displays, craft presentations, performances, instructional activities and, of course, food!

Holton Online Auction and Premiere Party - This is Holton’s largest parent-driven fundraising event raising more than $300,000 annually to benefit financial aid at Holton.

Drop-off and Pick-up


School begins at 8 a.m. It is important that all students arrive to campus with time to prepare for their day (no later than 7:50 a.m.). Please be patient and remember carpool is a no cell phone zone.

Lower School students are dropped off at the Lower School Entrance (more information about carpool will be shared during the summer). Middle and Upper School students are dropped off at the Main Entrance.


Lower School students are dismissed from the Lower School Entrance each day at 3:30 p.m.

Lower School Homework Zone is designed for all Holton Lower School students. Homework Zone offers girls the opportunity to work on homework in a structured environment before they leave school. This after-school study hall runs 3:30-4:30 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays. Please note that no snack is provided. Parents are welcome to pack a snack for their student to eat during this time.

There is no charge for this service. Students not picked up by 4:30 p.m. will report to Extended Day, which is billed on an hourly basis.

Lower School Extended Day is designed for all Holton-Arms Lower School students remaining on campus after the school day has ended. Extended Day runs 4:30-6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 3:30-6 p.m. Fridays. Snacks, cooking, outdoor recreation, and crafts, are all part of this after-school program. There is no pre-registration. This drop-in only service will be billed to your Holton-Arms Account by the Business Office at an hourly rate of $7.50 (2016-2017 rate).

Middle School students are dismissed from the Main Entrance each day at 3:30 p.m.; however, it takes them some time to transition from playing sports to gathering their materials to heading out to the front circle for pick-up. Please keep this reality in mind when arriving to school and when scheduling after-school activities.

The Middle School after-school program is called Homework Haven. It offers students the opportunity to work on school assignments in a structured, quiet classroom environment. Supervision will be provided by Holton faculty and staff. Homework Haven runs 4:15-6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Rates are as follows: 4:15-5 p.m. = $5:20; 5-6 p.m. = $7.20 no fraction thereof (2016-2017 rate).

Please note that snack and break are provided and that Fridays are reserved for special activities. In order for us to know the whereabouts of every MS student, any student not picked up by 4:15 p.m. must sign in to this program.

The Upper School Academic day ends at 3:30 p.m. Additional time may be spent on campus for athletics, arts, and club responsibilities. Parents coordinate carpool with their daughters according to their needs.


Parents are asked to contact the appropriate division office by 8:30 a.m. if their daughter is going to be absent or late. Students who arrive after 10 a.m. may neither participate in nor attend after school activities.

Lower School Office - Helen Poon 301-365-6063

Middle School Office - Mary McMillen 301-365-6017

Upper School Office – Adriane Anderson 301-365-6046

Religious Observance Absences

Holton-Arms is a non-sectarian school that celebrates diversity within its community. The School encourages its members to honor their various religious commitments that may fall on a school day. For that reason, all absences for religious observance are automatically recorded as excused. Holton asks its students to communicate their needs openly and expects its faculty to support those students and their religious beliefs and practices.

Student Health

The Infirmary, located near the Advancement Center, is open during the school year from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is equipped to handle first aid and emergency cases for all students and is supervised by a registered nurse, Lori Herringa at 301.365.6002; Fax 301.365.6050;

Please be sure that you have completed the Consent to Treat Agreement online August 14, 2016.

Health Notes for Upcoming 2017 - 2018 School Year:

Holton-Arms School requires every student to have an annual physical examination and to submit the completed Holton-Arms Health Form Packet to the school nurse, including changes or additions to the immunization record. All emergency contact information, consent to treat, and quick reference medical information, are to be completed online under re-enrollment/enrollment policies. As a reminder, Maryland State Law requires that all medication, both prescription and over the counter, be distributed through the school nurse's office, those forms are also included in the Health Form packet.

* Student Information and Emergency treatment consent are to be completed online.

* Physician's Examination Form: Next year's physical exam must be completed after August 1, 2016, regardless of the student's birth date. If you are unsure of the date of your daughter's last physical, please contact the school nurse.

* Emergency Health Care Plan: If your student has a severe allergy (requiring an EpiPen), asthma/RAD (requiring a rescue inhaler), diabetes, seizure disorder or other serious medical condition requiring a plan of care, you must have your physician complete this form annually.

* Over the Counter Medication Form: If you would like the school nurse to administer the listed medications to your daughter during the school day, please have your physician complete and sign this form. This form must also be signed by a parent/guardian.

* Maryland Immunization Certificate: All new students, all rising sixth grade students, and all rising ninth grade students must submit a new, completed certificate and be up to date on all booster vaccinations.

* Authorization to Administer Prescribed Medication: All students who will be taking prescription medication of any kind, including over the counter medications. One form per medication must be completed.

For the 2017-2018 school year; forms will be due to the school by July 30, 2017. Most pediatric practices fill their appointment books early for summer exams, so please make your appointment now. Students will not be allowed to attend pre-season events or school in September until all parts of the Health Form are submitted.

HEALTH FORM PACKET (PDF) This is the same packet associated with the Enrollment Contract

If you have any questions regarding the Health Form or other school health policies, please contact Lori Herringa, R.N. 301.365.6002. Forms must be submitted prior to pre-season (if applicable) or the first day of school.

School Communications

At Holton, we encourage open dialogue throughout our community in order to foster healthy environment in which to learn and work. Our expectation is for parents, faculty, and staff to take an active role in receiving and disseminating information in a timely manner in order to be actively engaged in the education and lives of our students.

Online Calendar is the most up-to-date resource for Holton happenings.

Holton website - Password protected access to the Parent Portal on the Holton website and student database will be sent to new families in July 2017.

Digital Alerts – Once your account is set-up for the Holton website, you will be able to sign up for alerts pushed out to you about news, events, and changes in schedule via email and/or SMS text alert.

School Directory – available online on the student database parent portal and in print Fall 2017.

Weekly eNewsletter - Our weekly e-newsletter is sent every Friday when school is in session and includes timely notices as well as links to the Head of School’s blog, the week’s latest news postings, photo galleries, and upcoming calendar events.

Division eNewsletter

Lower School ePouch is sent on Thursday afternoons every week.

Middle School Medley is sent on the second Tuesday each month.

Upper School News is sent on the first Tuesday each month.

Newsletters are also archived on the Parent Portal.

Grade Representative eNewsletters

Each grade has several Parents Association volunteers who serve as grade representatives for their grade level. Grade representatives send our monthly newsletters with informative grade level content.

The Scene -

The Scene is a light-hearted, “insider’s look” at how Holton students, teachers, staff and alumnae are “finding their way or making one” inside and outside of the classroom. The Scene is a blog and can be found on the “Get Connected” page on the Holton website.

Social Media – Follow us! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Vidigami (accessed from the Parent Portal).

Summer Resources/Back-to-School web page – will go live in June and acts as a home base for everything you will need to know to get ready for the fall including links to summer reading.

Bus Transportation & Carpooling

Information about 2017-18 registration, routes, schedules, and pricing will be shared over the summer.

Due to the 2001 Neighborhood Agreement which restricts Holton traffic in various ways, the School strongly encourages families to carpool. The online directory in the Holton Student Database features a directory of "Nearby Families" which shows Holton student households and how far they live from you to assist in carpool planning.

Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club is available in the dining room from 7:30 to 7:50 a.m. Students should arrive through the main entrance to attend. Breakfast Club is free of charge and offered on a drop in basis. (No registration required.)

Parent Volunteers

Parent volunteers contribute to Holton in many ways. The success of the School is due in large part to the involvement of parent volunteers. We hope that all parents will find a way to serve as volunteers and become active members of the School community.

A volunteer interest form can be found on the website. From there, you can read about various opportunities and select the ones that suit your interests. As an alternative, send an email to Director of Constituent Relations Dani Aronson and she will contact you.

Please remember that all parent volunteers or other chaperones who will accompany students on day or overnight trips will work directly with students must be fingerprinted by the Holton Security department prior to volunteering.

Quick Reference:

Front Desk: 301-365-5300

Athletics Hotline: 301-365-6022

Billing Questions: Business Office - Jeanne Christian 301-365-6030

Division Directors:

Lower School - Patrick Bane, Director of Lower School 301-365-6119

Middle School - Christy Diefenderfer, Interim Director of Middle School 301-365-6018

Upper School - Chris Lynch, Interim Director of Upper School 301-365-6039; Lisa Craig, Dean of Students 301-365-6090

After School Programs:

Fine & Performing Arts Adjunct Program - 301-365-6098

Lower School Extended Day - 301-365-6493

Lower School Office - Helen Poon 301-365-6063

Middle School Homework Haven 301-365-6471

Middle School Office - Mary McMillen 301-365-6017

Special Programs Office – Callie Lindsey 301-365-6487

Financial Aid: Mariana Williams, Director of Financial Aid 301-365-6012

Fingerprinting Appointment:

Security Office - Kevin Wilson 301-365-6070

Director of Facilities - Mike Joyce 301-365-6072

Infirmary: Lori Herringa, R.N., Director of Student Health 301-365-6002

Technology Help: IT Help Desk ( 301-365-6468

Transportation Questions: Facilities Office - 301-365-6483

School Store: Nina Gilman 301-365-6035

Key Places & Holton-isms

Adalman Gallery - located outside of the Simms Reception Room between the Dining Hall and second floor administrative hallway of the main building. This space is used to display student artwork.

Advancement Center – the center houses the development and communications offices which are located on the first floor of the main building below the Dining Hall.

Athletic Trainer’s Office – located below the pool lounge by the gym.

Beebe Black Box Theater – located below the Theater Lobby.

Business Office – located on the first floor administrative hallway of the main building to the right.

Centennial Garden – located outside of the Advancement Offices on the Main Circle. This space is used for gatherings, celebrations, and meals. Home to a statue of Persephone.

Dining Room – located on the second floor of the main building.

Eacho Lecture Hall – located off of the theater lobby. This space is used as classroom space and meetings.

FCL Conference Room – located in the mail building to the left through the first set of doors.

Fine & Performing Arts Adjunct Program - The Holton-Arms Fine & Performing Arts Adjunct Program provides extracurricular arts education for students and adults in the Holton community and those from the greater Washington metropolitan community. The program consists primarily of music lessons, and unique workshops, master classes, and other opportunities growing out of the School’s rich curricular programs in the fine and performing arts are offered when possible.

Hang-Up - Holton's gently-used uniform boutique, is available through the Advancement Center and open during regular school hours. The Hang-Up is brought to you by the Holton-Arms Alumnae Association, whose mission and focus is to provide continued value to the Holton experience.

Granger House – The original farmhouse where the Granger family lived before Holton-Arms purchased the land for the school in 1962. The Head of School and her family reside here.

Head of School Office – located in the main building on the second floor to the left.

Lewis Theater – off of the main circle, parking found near the tennis courts.

Lewis Theater Courtyard – off of the Lewis theater lobby accessed via the hallway to the pool lounge or off of the Middle School hallway. Used as an outdoor classroom and for events.

Lewis Theater Lobby – The area outside of the theater and lecture hall, can be accessed directly from the main circle during events or from the science wing hallway.

Lower School Courtyard in the interior of the first level of the Lower School.

Lower School Gathering Area used for morning meetings and other events, on the first floor of the Lower School.

Lower School Library on the first floor of the Lower School to the left off of the Lower School entrance.

Lower School Office to the left inside the Lower School entrance.

Marriott Gymnasium accessed via the staircase at the end of the Middle School hallway or the pool lounge.

Marriott Library located behind and Middle and Upper School building

Middle School Office is located on the first floor of the Administrative building down the hall to the right and through the doors accessed via the Middle School Study Hall.

Middle School Study Hall is located on the first floor of the Administrative building down the hall to the right and through the doors.

Nurse’s Office & Infirmary is located on the main floor of the Administrative building to the left through the doors, past the FCL and down the hallway to right.

Pool Lounge – from the end of middle school hallway take a right to the pool lounge.

Scribbler – the student newspaper

Scribe – the yearbook

Scroll/Scrolling – the literary magazine and website

Second Century Garden the garden space in the Main Circle.

Simms Reception Room - located on the second floor of the main administrative building to the left at the top of the staircase and through the doors.

Upper School Office – is located on the second floor of the Administrative building to the right through the doors.

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