HOLDEN HIGH SCHOOL

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1901 S MAIN ST
HOLDEN, MO 64040
School Information
  • School Rating: 3
  • Educational Climate: Below Average
  • Technology Measure: Not Reported
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Holden R-iii School District
  • Students/Teacher: 14:1
  • Students/Grade: 94.8
  • Number Students: 379
  • Number Teachers: 34
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5632
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Ginger Jones
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (1130 ratings)
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    School Reviews (30 Reviews)
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    Topic: Overall Experience | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "My overall experience at this school is that we are really big into school spirit for certain events like football or volleyball. But, our school favors sports like it favors students. Holden High School puts too much funding into certain sports while avoiding others, my freshman year, we lost our soccer team because our school did not want to fund it anymore. We even had a news team come out and do a story on it and even offered to help keep it going; Holden still let the soccer team go unfunded and completely cancelled out the sport for the school. I did not think this is fair because the school puts so much money into other sports that it basically was showing the kids who did play this sport that they did not care to keep the sport that many of those kids loved. Holden High School even had a couple kids leave due to the sport getting cancelled and went to a school that would fund soccer. This was my first impression going into high school here that it was very unfair. I also saw the art clubs have very low funding and have heard several people who are very passionate about art complain about this. I later learned my sophomore year that not much is done about bullying at this school. I myself went through a very rough patch my sophomore year and had turned to the counselors and principals for help and had little to none given. They had taken all the notes about my situation but the situation continued with no consequences given to anyone. A similar situation happened with one of my close friends our junior year and she now does online because of the lack of help she received. There are some good points about this school, like the technology that they are allowing us to take home to try to give us more time for work. But, as far as the school caring about the wellbeing and keeping everything fair among the student body, I would not agree. If I could go back in time and choose if I would go to this school again, I would not have."
    Topic: Academics | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "The academics offered at Holden High School have increased but their still isn't as many classes as I think there should be. There are no classes available at Holden High School to help me go in the direction I want with Criminal Justice and close to none for Psychology. I know many other students in this school are interested in career paths that have no related classes offered here. I think that this puts us at the shorter end of the stick compared to other schools who offer those things. I do like the scheduling that we have, which is block scheduling. We have blue and white days and I think that having it this way eases the workload on the student body. As far as special study, we have a class called 'seminar' which is 45 minutes of the day that you can go see teachers of the class that you are struggling in. But, there are other students using it too, so you may not get as much individual time as needed. This is why I think we should offer tutoring, but we do not. Overall, we do have some good classes offered but we just should add more variety. The scheduling process we have is a great way to even out and ease the work load but we do lack in special study options."
    Topic: Student Culture & Diversity | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "I think our school is good with the racial diversity, although we do not have much of it. I put that we were okay because I think the school has a lot of cliques. I do not think everyone is given the same attention and I do not think that everyone is treated equally. Our school is not a very diverse school so I can not say for a fact how our school is with different sexual orientation because our school is so small that there is not much diversity here. There is a good amount of peer pressure here due to the fact that it a small school, I think. The peer pressure mostly occurs when there is different opinions being said, it is frowned upon with the student body. The students tend to bash on others who think differently on something than them."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-09-01
    "Teachers at Holden High School are overall okay. If you asked me if the majority of the teachers were very knowledgable in their classes they teach then I would say somewhat. Some of the teachers are good at the subjects themselves but do not know how to teach it to the students. Another problem some of the teachers have is that they do not know several ways to explain it, they will reteach it in the same way. The majority of the teachers here, I do not think genuinely enjoy their job. But, their are a handful of amazing teachers employed there who unlike the others care about their kids on more than a passing level and make it obvious they are there for you every step of the way. The consistency in grading is not that great because our school recently switched over to a 1-4 grading scale rather than our old and traditional, A-F. Therefore, now the teachers get to choose what their idea of a 3 or a 4 is which makes the grades vary. Holden High School also switched over to a grading system where only the tests are for grades, although this can be helpful, it can hurt the students who are poor test takers. Furthermore, on my last point about communication, I do not think that the communication is well among all the teachers but among some. Some of the teachers there at Holden have very poor communication skills with the students that I have experienced through my almost four years of being enrolled in this school. I tend to think this is due to the lack of respect that some of the teachers give to the students. I don't want to give all Holden teachers a bad reputation because their are a handful of wonderful, helpful, intelligent employees there. Overall though, I believe Holden is an okay school that defiantly could use some changes and more help."
    Topic: Teachers | Rating:
    Posted 2016-08-01
    "I am a current senior at Holden, and over the years of being a student, i have realized how little my school cares about academics and music. The district will spend all their money to replace the track, and give the football boys new uniforms, but they will not spend a dime on the band or choir department (we have needed new music stands and choir risers for a few years now) or the academic teams. The school building is also run down, the ceilings are covered in huge mold spots, and the roof leaks every time it rains or snows. Holden is overall just an okay school, it would take a miracle for them to get better."
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