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Holton-Arms School
7303 River Rd
Bethesda, MD 20817
(301) 365-6013
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private | 3-12
County: Montgomery

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  DateWhoComments
2/24/2012parentThe lower school is beyond amazing, with a fabulous director- makes me want to go back to school. Middle school is full of teachers who LIKE teaching those ages, and is a really good transition place- director has a great understanding of the needs of the whole child, and the girls are really prepared for the full-on intensity of upper school. Upper school is great if your girl is ready for it: it is staggering what these girls do- academics, sports, arts. Lots of opportunities, lots of support. Btw- the comment about the 'eery' quiet of the MS & US- it is very Montessori-like.If you go, ask about the 'gift of time', take a peek at the Senior & Junior lounges, look at the girls working in 1s and 2s in the halls. It is purposeful in a happy way. Mine LOVE that there are no harsh bells between classes! The vast majority of Holton girls are amazingly kind and welcoming to the new girls; the snobbish minority is very small, and tmost of the girls look down on it. The diversity of the student body is the best I've ever seen, and they are very well integrated (students more tnan the parents). No school is right for everyone, but this community really tries to work together for the kids.
1/27/2012parentMy daughter has been at Holton since the 3rd grade and is now in 8th. We have found Holton to be a wonderful school. The teachers, school heads as well as the head of school Susanna Jones have been exceptionally attentive to each and every girl. Academics have also been exceptional and there have been numerous opportunities to engage in almost any athletic pursuit. She made friends easily and continues to maintain a large circle of close knit friends who interact like sisters. As an African American family, we have found the school to be particularly welcoming and inclusive of our and all other cultures. In the 6 years that we have been a part of the Holton community, we have not seen or experienced any of the elitist attitudes expressed by another reviewer. My daughter has been challenged academically but has found the workload to be very manageable as long as she prepares adequately. Within the first 2 weeks of entering Holton in the 3rd grade she demonstrated a higher level of confidence and self assurance that has only continued to grow. We could not be more pleased with the experience and education at this school.
1/5/2012parentHolton is a wonderful place where girls of different social, economic and cultural backgrounds can find their place. There are great athletic opportunities as well as extraordinary arts (both visual and performing). The teachers really care and provide great mentoring for the girls, even though who might be hesitant to ask in another environment. My family has been there for 9 years and my daughters friends cross all of the lines that might otherwise divide people. Holton encourages that. Girls can safely take intellectual risks here, which makes them better prepared for the future.
6/24/2011parentMy Daughter just graduated from Holton. She entered in 9th grade from public school and was welcomed warmly. She has thanked us repeatedly for "making her go." The elitist reputation of the school is completly false- although it was funny that the girls from Maryland ( the majority) thought Vienna, Virginia was the "country" when they came to visit her at home. The althletic program was excellent as was the academic rigor and personal advising staff. She is intellectually curious and engages me in conversation on subjects from cancer therapy to Picasso's misogyny. Sending her to Holton was the best decision we ever made. Oh, and she still hangs out with all the neighborhood girls who went to the local public school- it is not considered "slumming" as an earlier post claims.
6/3/2011parentIt is not hard to get a good education in the Washington DC area, so even though Holton is OK academically, you want to consider what kind of values and social skills your child will be exposed to in this school. Holton is extremely elitist and most students carry a sense of entitlement due to their affluent social status. The girls are very smart, but utilize their intelligence toward advancing their social standing. The girls generally only associate with those in their same affluent society because to bee seen "slumming around" with public school kids or the merely upper middle class lowers your social standing.
3/31/2011parentLower school science department is great. Library is nice. Good facilities and Center for the Arts.
3/31/2011parentOur first year at Holton-Arms School has turned out "okay". Big Kudos to the Science department in the lower school. The girls did have some great visitors this year, such as visiting authors, etc.
2/7/2011otherHolton arms school is not a good place to put your child in if you want them to become a grounded adult. The majority of students are phony and self centered. The students form 2 cliques: those on scholarship and those who are not. The middle and High schools are eerily quiet, and the girls file through them as if drugged. It is not normal. However, if you have a shy child, the lower school is a very nurturing environment that will help them come out of their shell.
11/5/2010parentAs a parent with children in three different private schools, I have to say that Holton-Arms has proven itself to be an incredible school. Not only is it exceptionally well organized and tailored to fostering a truly productive learning environment, but it has managed to attract amazing teachers and administrations at all levels whose talents and diligence has created an amazing educational program. It is not by chance that all the students consistently show kindness and respect for each other, welcoming new girls and foreign students as if they knew them all their life and at the same time showing a sense of independence and confidence so important in building good leadership skills among girls.
11/5/2010parentAs a parent with children in three different private schools, I have to say that Holton-Arms has proven itself to be an incredible school. Not only is it exceptionally well organized and tailored to fostering a truly productive learning environment, but it has managed to attract amazing teachers and administrations at all levels whose talents and diligence has created an amazing educational program. It is not by chance that all the students consistently show kindness and respect for each other, welcoming new girls and foreign students as if they knew them all their life and at the same time showing a sense of independence and confidence so important in building good leadership skills among girls.
9/18/2010parentHolton-Arms is an extraordinary school for girls with strong academic, athletic, visual and/or performing arts interests. In the upper school, its academic program has great breadth and depth. In 2009, the girls sat AP exams in 20 subject areas. Twenty-eight girls were received National Merit commended, finalist or scholar recognition. As highlighted in its school profile, "The School admits girls with strong academic interests and abilities who wish to enjoy and contribute to the life of the school community. Our student body reflects a diversity that includes academic, economic (24% receive financial aid), geographic (72% Maryland, 13% D.C., 14% Virginia), cultural, racial and ethnic (40.7% students of color and 4.2% foreign nationals), and religious differences." My daughter, who falls in the 40.7% students of color category, has enjoyed lower, middle and upper school divisions at Holton.
8/21/2010parent2nd generation student. My daughter started in the 3rd and is going to the 10th. Love the school. It is a good fit for my daughter. We do not live in the HAS community and use the HAS school bus. We have not had any problems worth complaining about. There will always be something that is not perfect. However, I encourage my daughter maintain family values and keep it moving.
6/1/2010parentStay away from this place. The parent who wrote that "in order to balance diversity, whether it be financial or ethnic, some girls are admitted who have certain discipline issues" pretty much sums it up. A good place if you are lily white and rich...cause we know those folks don't have discipline problems.
5/31/2010parentDo your daughter a favor , keep them out of this overprice cliquish school, especially they don't want minority there. also there is quite a bit of low level harrassment (maybe better word is bullying).
5/21/2010parentMy daughter attended the Holton arms school for girls for 7 years. She thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. The homework is rigorous and very much prepared her for college nicely. The girls are nice and accepting. The school is full of christian virtues. Overall, holton is a wonderful school
4/2/2010parentHolton is a good school. However, in order to balance diversity, whether it be financial or ethnic, some girls are admitted who have certain discipline issues. While bullying is not a major issue at the school, there are instances of low level bullying. Hopefully, the school will confront this directly and not be afraid of offending the offenders. The safety of the bullied should always be first and foremost.
3/9/2010studentI graduated from Holton-Arms and honestly do not believe I could've gotten a better education anywhere else I went. From the true care of the teachers to school unity throughout divisions, Holton truly does uphold its motto: 'education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.' Academics are strong and can be overwhelming at times, but it's a college-prep school, and that's what you're paying for.
12/1/2009parentMy daughter started at Holton in the 9th grade. We looked diligently for a high school in VA, MD and DC that would offer her top notch academics, a place where she could participate in sports and grow into a confident young woman. We found that and so much more at Holton. I continue to be impressed each and every day. The faculty/administration knows girls and makes conscious decisions with the girls' best interest at heart. The community (students, parents and faculty/staff) was so welcoming of us as newbies. The girls are poised, articulate, motivated, kind and smart. The faculty knows its students and truly wants them to succeed; every one of them. What a great environment for my daughter. What a great education she is receiving. We are thrilled!
5/22/2009studentI love Holton im in 7th grade and this is my 2nd year. The girls are so nice and everyone is very welcoming but they do give a lot of homework and a lot of tests but its a great school.
1/5/2009parentGreat lower school. Very nurturing and caring teachers. Sixth grade becomes more challenging. My daughter really enjoys the school.
12/2/2008studentGood school but not the right fit for everyone. Had a miserable 10 years. Spent most of my extracurricular time at Sidwell. Found most students ignorant and spoiled. Not worth the tuition if you are in a good public school district (Whitman, WJ etc.) Wish I had not attended.
11/5/2008studentI could not have asked for a better education.
9/15/2008studentHolton is a great school. I am in the seventh grade there and i love it!
5/12/2008parentMy daughter has been at Holton for four years. Although she does not love the all-girl environment, she has gown to be a remarkably insightful, confident, academically accomplished student. She has excelled in the arts and athletically. She has loved her middle school experience and the lap-top program. She has learned to take advantage of the wealth of opportunities and support provided by Holton to ensure each student's success. As we move out of state and away from this amazing school, I know the values and confidence that come from attending an all-girl school will be with my daughter always.
1/16/2008parentHolton-Arms is an excellent school, but not necessarily for everyone. Many of the girls attend because their parents want them to be there, and not because they want to be there. Sometimes the heavy academic workload can be stressful. Make sure it's a good fit for your daughter, especially at the middle and upper school levels.
5/28/2007parentHolton-Arms is well-known for its excruciatingly difficult academics, fabulous arts programs, off-the charts athletics, and much more. My daughter is in the eleventh grade and is supported by her school with a scholarship. She is an all-american lacrosse player and is very competitive in academics.
11/24/2004parentMy comment is regarding parent Daniel Grasso's review. His review was very helpful to me as my daughter is now applying to the school to enter 5th grade in 2005. I want to make sure that she is in an academically rigorous environment, but that her development in other areas is not shortchange. The tone of this parent's email sounds very much like what I heard when I went to a recent open house. I am encouraged. Thank you.
5/6/2004parentMy daughter had attended Holton since third grade. She is in 9th grade now (May 2004). My wife determined that the single sex school concept had something going for it and Holton has proven that true. The teachers and staff are outstanding. The head-of-school is one of a kind. They are strong not only on the academic level, but in the arts and sports. They recently completed an expansion and rennovaton of classroom space and purchase of top notch science equipment. Although the tuition is high ($20,000 per year, which they are sure to remind you includes lunch) no one should be put off by that since scholarships and financial aid are available. We know several who pay reduced tuition or none at all. Unfortunately, we pay full freight, but consider it worth the money. Zoning restrictions keep the enrollment at the 665 level. Very worthwhile to check out.

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