Welcome from the Head of School
Welcome to Holland Hall, home of the Dutch!
For more than 90 years, our independent, PreK through 12th Grade college preparatory school has been serving the families of Tulsa and beyond with a deep respect for educational excellence in a holistic environment. Every day, our faculty strives to guide our students toward developing their individual gifts and talents while learning what it means to truly “be” in community together.
As a mission-driven institution, we seek to expand our students’ appreciation for academic, artistic, and athletic excellence. Doing so means finding and supporting a diverse faculty from around the country who are not only passionate about their respective disciplines, they also enjoy lighting the slow fuse of the possible within their students. Remarkably small class sizes, where students and teachers grow to know one another well, form the foundation for this work. Committed to creative, active teaching and learning, the Holland Hall classroom experience is rich with exploration and discovery — an experience that has prepared our extensive network of more than 3,000 alumni for some of the most selective collegiate programs in the country.
Our firm commitment to the arts is loudly stated upon entering the Walters Arts Center. A depth of offerings in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts ensure students ably access that part of themselves that only the arts can touch. Our annual ARTworks visiting artist-in-residency program is one of the school’s most inspiring traditions. As a student recently shared with me, “I don’t have to worry about what other people think when I share my work. They all know it’s part of who I am.” The arts are alive and well at Holland Hall.
Solidly focused on good sportsmanship and healthy competition, our athletic teams compete at a remarkably high level. Almost 65 percent of our coaching staff is comprised from the faculty, allowing for the ethos and expectations from the academic day to infuse into practices and games. Strong character, perseverance, attitude, and resilience form the basis of what we hope to engender in our athletes. Focusing on these aspects of excellence, we believe, creates an outstanding athletic experience.
As an Episcopal school, our inclusive, ecumenical approach highly respects students and families from all religious traditions. Attended once a week, chapel is an important time for being in community together. Led by clergy, chapel talks reinforce our commitment to forming a strong moral foundation in each child with a deep sense of social responsibility. Service learning opportunities abound for students in every grade level.
As the agrarian writer, Wendell Berry, so aptly stated, “A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members — among them the need to need one another.”
I hope you will come and see how Holland Hall is so much more than just a school.
Head of School