College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

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At Holton, you’ll come to truly know your SELF so that you can best contribute to your COMMUNITY and make a vital impact on the WORLD.

You are an individual, with your own ideas, experiences, and dreams.

Being a person can be difficult! And often confusing. There’s no instruction manual. We’ll help you understand yourself—from your emotions to your passions to your learning style—so that you can get the most out of school and the other things you do in life.

You’re part of a community. Actually, many different communities—including your family, your School, your team, your ensemble, or your club.

We’ll expose you to a range of ideas, cultures, points of view, and ways of solving problems. We’ll teach you strategies for communicating with others and working through differences of opinion. By learning how other people see the world, it’s so much easier to work together to make it better.

You’re a citizen of the world. We all are. The things you do have global impact. Your ideas have the power to change things for the better.

We’ll show you how your studies relate to the global challenges your generation will inherit. We’ll give you the tools to understand complexity, and innovate solutions. You’ll have constant opportunities to encounter the world’s beautiful variety—whether in the classroom or on the other side of the planet.

Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well Seminar

Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well Seminar (“Seminar”) is Holton's signature integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum directly addressing the school-wide goals and competencies which embrace Holton’s institutional priorities of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Health and Wellbeing and Global Education.  

Seminar is a required course in grades 3-12, each course employs a spiraling age-appropriate curriculum addressing Holton's eight school-wide goals of:

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

Students engage in learning opportunities designed to further develop their knowledge, skills, and habits of mind. Topics include (but are not limited to) digital well-being, family culture, mental and emotional health, nutrition, personal safety, and social justice.

Learn Well, Live Well, Lead Well Seminar is housed in the Office of Diversity, Wellbeing, and Global Education.  Host teacher(s) in each grade, create and maintain an engaging and brave classroom environment where students have the time and space to explore a range of topics and issues that reflect their lived experiences as well as the world around them.  Guest teachers from the Holton community with diverse expertise and insight also help facilitate classes over the duration of each course.