Holton at a Glance
Holton was founded in 1901 by Jessie Moon Holton and Carolyn Hough Arms. Originally located in downtown Washington, D.C., at 2125 S. Street, the School moved to Bethesda, Md. in 1963.
The School motto
Inveniam viam aut faciam or “I will find a way or make one.”
Holton-Arms School cultivates the unique potential of young women through the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.”
Inspiring young women to lead lives of positive influence.
We are an independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 3-12. Official school profile.
- Total Enrollment: 658
- Students of Color: 42%
- Foreign National: 2%
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 7-to-1
- Average Class Size: 15
- Students receiving financial aid: 24%
- Number of students taking AP classes: 133 in 20 classes
- 100% of Holton-Arms graduates are accepted to four-year institutions.
- More than 60% of Upper School students and 80% of Middle School students participate in a sport.
- School-Sponsored Global Education Journeys: Belize, France, Rwanda, Spain, Senegal, Costa Rica, and India
Faculty & Staff
- Total Faculty and Staff: 175
- Advanced Degrees: 107
- Faculty with 10+ Years at Holton: 33
- Total Number: 5,800
- Alumnae Working at Holton: 8
- Current Alumnae Parents and Grandparents: 39
- Alumnae live in 40 countries world-wide
- Alumnae include Emmy Award winners, CEOs, executives, rock stars, actresses, artists, moms, musicians, philanthropists, travelers, environmentalists, attorneys, educators, chefs, authors, and more.
7303 River Road, Bethesda, Md. 20817
- 57 acres of rolling woodlands just off River Road in Bethesda, Md.
- Eight Wi-Fi enabled buildings, including two academic buildings and two libraries, a performing arts center, 400-seat theater, black box theater; natural light art and ceramics studios, a state-of-the-art photography lab, four dance studios, and multiple music education spaces.
- Double gymnasium, indoor competition-size pool, seven tennis courts, three athletic fields (including one synthetic turf field), a fitness center, four dance studios, and an all-weather track.
- Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools
- Association of Independent Maryland Schools
- State of Maryland