There are far more programs and activities to participate in at Holton than any individual student can join during her time here. This variety exists because of the diversity of talents and interests our students bring with them and to also encourage them to try new things. For example, while every student is required to study mathematics, some will stop at the precalculus level while others will progress as far as Multivariable Calculus. While every student studies the core sciences of biology and chemistry, some will then take on AP Chemistry or Environmental Studies while other girls will pursue a courses in Forensics or create an independent science research project.
Discover how Holton embraces the intellectual curiosity and creativity of each girl with rich and diverse offerings.
Science Research Program (SRP)
The Science Research Program gives students the opportunity to pursue original research in a local laboratory under the guidance of career scientists.
During their junior year, Holton-Arms students take either Computer Programming & Robotics or Molecular & Microbiology -- one-semester electives -- depending on their interests. These classes prepare students to learn fundamental lab skills.
Students brainstorm research topics and determine individual inclinations in preparation for their own research experience.
Holton then collaborates with local research facilities and universities to place students in a laboratory setting under the supervision and guidance of a mentor who is a research professional. Together they formulate and carry out a plan for conducting original scientific research. The bulk of the research occurs over a six to eight week period during the summer following their junior year.
"Interning in Dr. Payne's lab at University of Maryland was one of the best decisions I've made in high school!" said Alexandra Martin '13. "I learned so much about not only bioengineering and chemistry, two topics I might pursue in college, but also myself. I was pushed out of my comfort zone and as a result ended up growing as a student and as a young scientist. I am incredibly grateful to everyone in the lab for making it such a fabulous experience that I will never forget."