Holton-Arms School

Holton-Arms History
  • Holton-Arms was founded in 1901 by Jessie Moon Holton and Carolyn Hough Arms.
  • Originally located in downtown Washington, D.C., at 2125 S. Street, the School moved to Bethesda, Md. in 1963.
  • The School motto is Inveniam viam aut faciam  or “I will find a way or make one.”

We are an independent college preparatory school for girls in grades 3-12. 

Official school profile.

  • Total Enrollment: 646
  • Students of Color: 40%
  • International Students: 3%
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 7-to-1
  • Average Class Size: 15
  • Students receiving financial aid: 25%
  • Number of students taking AP classes: 133 in 20 classes
  • 100% of Holton-Arms graduates are accepted to four-year institutions.
  • More than 60% of Upper School students and 100% of Middle School students participate in a sport.
  • School-Sponsored Student Travel Opportunities: 5 (France, Spain, China, Greece, Belize,Rwanda, Costa Rica, and India)
  • Total Faculty and Staff: 175
  • Advanced Degrees: 107
  • Faculty with 10+ Years at Holton-Arms: 33

  • Total Number: 5,800
  • Alumnae Working at Holton-Arms: 8
  • Current Alumnae Parents and Grandparents: 39
  • Alumnae live in 40 countries world-wide
  • Alumnae include Emmy Award winners, CEOs, executives, rock stars, actresses, artists, moms, musicians, philanthropists, travelers, environmentalists, attorneys, educators, chefs, authors, and more.

7303 River Road, Bethesda, Md. 20817

  • 57 acres of rolling woodlands just off River Road in Bethesda, Md.
  • Eight Wi-Fi enabled buildings, including two academic buildings and two libraries, a performing arts center, 400-seat theater, and black box theater; natural light art and ceramics studios, a state-of-the-art photography lab, four dance studios, and multiple music education spaces.
  • Double gymnasium, indoor competition-size pool, seven tennis courts, three athletic fields (including one synthetic turf field), a fitness center, four dance studios, and an all-weather track.
  • Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools
  • Association of Independent Maryland Schools
  • State of Maryland

Organization Name: Holton-Arms School
Address 1: 7303 River Road
Address 2:
City, State, Zip: Bethedsa, Maryland  20817
Type: Private
Number of Students: 658
Lowest Grade: 3
Highest Grade: 12
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