Welcome to Holderness Central School - Home of the Hawks


The New Hampshire Department of Education wants to hear from staff, families, and community members in your school community. The 603 Bright Futures Survey is available for you to distribute to your communities now through April 28. This survey will gather actionable feedback around learning models, school climate, family and community engagement and other topics in order to understand the successes and challenges of the recent school year and plan for the upcoming school year.

Survey Links: To access the surveys, please visit the appropriate link(s) beginning Monday, March 13, through Friday, April 28, 2023.

SAU48 is seeking your input regarding the use of ARPA ESSER funds

Holderness Central School has received a draft allocation of $139,613.32 through the ARPA ESSER III grant.  The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) includes a third round of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III), as well as money for internet connectivity for schools and libraries, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and extension of the Pandemic EBT food program for students. To learn more about the APRA ESSER grant, please visit the NHDOE website at ARPA ESSER III

Funds received can be used during the following school years; 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024. Districts receiving funds are required to set aside 20 percent of the funds to address learning loss.

If you have any suggestions, questions, and comments about how the district should use the ESSER funds that have been received, please send an email to  


General School Information

School hours: 8:20am to 2:55pm

Boys & Girls Club Hours: 3:00pm to 5:30pm 

Student Breakfast/Lunch: Fresh Picks Cafe Breakfast/Lunch Menu - Welcome Letter 

Student Drop Off: Drop off starts at 8:00am. Please drop off students by the playground. 

Student Pick Up: Pick up begins at 2:55pm. Please pick up students by the front of the school.

Directions to HCS 

Town of Holderness Resources

About Holderness:

The Town of Holderness is in central New Hampshire, nestled between the foothills of the White Mountains and the shores of the Squam Lakes. From early times, Native Americans and then European settlers used the Lakes as a trade route. Goods from the North Country floated across Squam Lake, down the Squam River to the Pemigewasset, and then to the Merrimack and the seacoast. 

Benning Wentworth granted the township of New Holderness in 1751 but the official charter from King George III is dated 1761. “New” was dropped from the name at the 1816 Town Meeting, and all was quiet until 1868 when a dispute over “gaslights and sidewalks” literally split the community. What is now the town of Ashland was formed around the thriving mills and railroad depot of the time, leaving the rest of Holderness to the farmers and fishermen. 

Ironically, it was the unspoiled beauty of Holderness that drew visitors seeking relief from the swelter of Boston or Baltimore. By 1890, Holderness was a cool retreat from city summers, with dozens of rustic fishing camps on the shores of Squam Lake and hotels dotting the hillsides.

Today Holderness is still small and still largely rural. The breathtaking natural beauty of the lakes and mountains is still what draws visitors and residents alike all year round. Yet it doesn’t take long to discover that Holderness and the surrounding towns have wonderful educational, cultural, and commercial assets as well. Shopping, theater, music, restaurants, galleries, and bookstores are within a few miles of Holderness Village. 

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