The Holton Experience
What is unique about Holton-Arms?
It is not just one characteristic, but rather a combination of key distinctions which create a learning environment like no other. It is what we refer to as The Holton Experience. Holton is creating an educational evolution within a dynamic all-girl environment for the opportunity for girls to connect, engage, and inspire.
The Key Distinctions of the Holton Experience
At Holton, we:
At Holton-Arms, you will find a vibrant community where girls are deeply engaged in the process of learning, and where because they are both challenged and nurtured by faculty and peers, they develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and a lifelong love of learning that enables each student to reach her highest potential. Here, girls become self-advocates in their education, discover the joy of overcoming obstacles, and rise to the challenges and expectations of an advanced curriculum.
Character development is a cornerstone of the Holton Experience. We cultivate integrity, respect, and compassion within the School and the larger community. The student-authored Honor Code stresses the value of personal honor and ethical responsibility. At Holton, we strive to teach each girl to be aware of the impact her actions may have on others and to assume responsibility for acting in a way that helps create and maintain a culture of integrity.
Girls learn best in an inclusive and supportive environment where they connect intellectually and emotionally with those around them. Girls thrive at Holton because of the connections they make with caring faculty and staff, encouraging friends and loyal alumnae. Here, girls develop meaningful relationships to create a joyful and safe place where they are unafraid to take risks. By encouraging girls to discover and develop their unique talents and passions, they become confident, resilient and tenacious young women.
Inveniam viam aut faciam. I will find a way or make one. Generations of Holton women have blazed new paths in every walk of life proudly fi nding their way or making one. Created by our founder, Jessie Moon Holton, our motto articulates the tenacity of purpose developed
in each student. A Holton girl accomplishes what she sets her mind to and this fortitude helps her reach her full potential in every aspect of life – academic, professional, and personal.
At Holton, we take time to connect with each girl to help her discover her own distinct potential. A Holton girl is celebrated and appreciated for her uniqueness. And even though there is no such thing as a typical Holton girl, the one trait they all have in common is the determination to seize the incredible opportunity of the Holton Experience and reach a level of excellence as a scholar, an artist, an athlete or a combination of the three.
Creative thinkers unravel, imagine, invent and solve problems in fresh, innovative ways. It takes courage to think “outside of the box” and Holton girls are emboldened by phenomenal teachers, collaborative classmates, and state-of-the-art facilities to tap into limitless possibilities. Holton girls engage in the creative process in every arena - from designing robots to writing songs to developing multi-media lab reports - because girls who can think creatively have the potential to change the trajectory of their lives and the lives of those around them.
Exploring interests takes time, opportunity, and encouragement. Each Holton girl is given time and encouragement to uncover passions that will feed her soul and spirit, as well as her mind. A hallmark of the Holton Experience is the extraordinary breadth and depth of academic, artistic, athletic, leadership, and various other extracurricular opportunities at every stage of a student’s development. Our teachers encourage girls to challenge themselves to take risks and stretch themselves in ways they never imagined.
In founding our School, Jessie Moon Holton demonstrated the power education has to liberate the mind. At Holton, we understand the vital role diversity plays in each student’s educational experience. A diverse community provides for diversity of thought, identity, and experience that stimulates new ways of thinking and actively demonstrates respect for differences, moral courage and appreciation for common ground. By championing diversity, we foster a culture of integrity where differences are celebrated.
As our School Philosophy states, “Holton women will make a difference in a complex and changing world” and by developing global citizenship, our girls will be prepared to exemplify this statement. Beginning in third grade and continuing through their senior year, students develop a global perspective through the Holton-Arms Global Education Program. While they continue to engage locally, Holton girls learn the importance of a global society through diverse perspectives, an integrated curriculum, and a distinct opportunity to embark on a global journey in Upper School.
From the very beginning, Mrs. Holton rooted her students in the community and established that learning is not confined by a time or place. At the threshold of our nation’s capital, we engage locally to benefit from the extraordinary array of cultural and educational resources of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Holton has a rich history of partnering with individuals and organizations to create an experiential education program beyond the typical guest speaker or museum field trip.
At Holton, we conscientiously explore innovations in education before introducing new approaches, and this diligence has not wavered in the digital age. Holton teachers set the standard in offering innovative experiences that continue to meet the unique educational needs of girls: to connect intellectually and emotionally with content and teachers, to work collaboratively with classmates, and to express ideas creatively within a supportive environment. Holton leads the way in developing the skills girls need to actively engage in the 21st century.
Nineteen years before women had the right to vote, Jessie Moon Holton and Carolyn Hough Arms shared a bold and audacious vision to create a school for girls with high academic standards, a superb faculty, and a commitment to individual attention. Time-honored traditions create a bond of sisterhood that is cherished by all Holton girls and women. This legacy continues to connect generations of students who entered the Open Door of Holton-Arms as curious girls and graduated as bright young women empowered to lead lives of positive influence.