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Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well: A Comprehensive, Multi-dimensional Philosophy of EducationTo learn, live, and lead well, Holton students seek to understand themselves and others, build healthy relationships across similarities and differences, and develop the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind to make the world a more equitable, sustainable, just, and peaceful place. The  Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well (LW3) goals and competencies are interwoven into our educational approach, curriculum, program, and practices. 

LW3 is Holton’s philosophical answer to the call for excellence in girls' education and the need for informed, compassionate, and responsive leadership in a complex and changing world.

Our LW3 competencies rest on three institutional priorities:

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Health and Wellbeing

Global Competence

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A place to belong

Here, you will find your place among sisters – girls of all ages who lead with kindness, applaud your successes, and pick you up when you stumble. Our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging mission statement is the through-line that fosters a community of caring, critical thinkers.

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Our Focus

When approaching program design, we focus on eight school-wide goals:

  • Physical and Emotional Health: students evaluate and care for our physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Self Knowledge and Identity: students know the dimensions of our own identity and how it intersects with the identity of others.
  • Open-mindedness and Perspective Taking: students embrace diverse perspectives.
  • Communication and Collaboration: students connect across differences, develop healthy relationships, and collaborate with one another.
  • Creative and Critical Thinking: students use critical thinking skills to creatively solve problems.
  • Curiosity and Discernment: students cultivate curiosity, leverage knowledge, and exercise discernment.
  • Local, National, and Global Engagement: students investigate the world and engage actively with local, national, and global communities.
  • Social Justice: students lead with empathy, courage, and integrity to promote social justice.

Student learning is at the core of this approach. Each goal contains competencies which are woven into all courses and programs. Faculty organize and deliver course materials around students’ knowledge, skills, and habits of mind.