Holton-Arms School

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The Holton-Arms School
7303 River Road


United States
Coordinates38°59′30″N 77°8′53″W / 38.99167°N 77.14806°W / 38.99167; -77.14806Coordinates: 38°59′30″N 77°8′53″W / 38.99167°N 77.14806°W / 38.99167; -77.14806
TypePrivate, College-prep
MottoInveniam viam aut faciam
("I will find a way or make one.")
Head of SchoolSusanna A. Jones
Enrollment655 total
Student to teacher ratio7:1
CampusSuburban, 57 acres (23 ha)
Color(s)Blue and White
Athletics15 Varsity Sports
Athletics conferenceISL

Holton-Arms is an independent college-preparatory school for girls in grades 3–12, located in Bethesda, Maryland. As of the 2013-14 school year, there were 655 students and 94 faculty. Since 2007, Susanna Jones has been Head of School.

The school has three divisions, Lower School (grades 3–6), Middle School (7–8), and Upper School (9–12). Tuition for 2018-19 is $42,975 for grades 3-6 and additional expenses for grades 7-12. In 2017-2018, the financial aid budget was $4.4 million.


In 1901, Jessie Moon Holton and Carolyn Hough Arms founded Holton-Arms School. The school was located at 2125 S Street, NW, Washington, D.C.[1]

Holton-Arms moved to Bethesda in 1963. Located on 57 acres (230,000 m2) of rolling woodlands just off River Road, the campus has seven buildings. Its facilities include a science wing and lecture hall, two libraries, a performing arts center with a 400-seat theater and new black box theater, art and ceramic studios (with a kiln) and photo lab, three dance studios, a double gymnasium, an indoor competition-size pool, a weight and training room, and dining room renovated in 2012. Outdoor facilities include seven tennis courts, an eight-lane all-weather track, and three athletic fields, including a synthetic turf field.

The School's mission is to cultivate the unique potential of young women through the “education not only of the mind, but of the soul and spirit.” (Jessie Moon Holton, 1866–1951). The School’s motto is Inveniam viam aut faciam—I will find a way or make one.[2]


In the Upper School, Holton-Arms competes in the Independent School League.[3]

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