Dana Hall School

5.00 (6 reviews)
45 Dana Road
Wellesley, MA 02482
Mission Statement: Dana Hall School is committed to fostering excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics within a vibrant, caring community.
With emphasis on integrity, leadership, diversity, and service as well as on respect for self and others, Dana Hall provides its students with a unique opportunity to prepare themselves for the challenges and choices they will face as women and citizens of the world.

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  • Class of 2018
    5 Stars  
    Emory University
    The relationships I had with my teachers will stick with me for the rest of my life. They encouraged me, challenged me, rooted for me, and wanted only the best for me and my classmates. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    University of Pennsylvania
    One thing unique about Dana is its horse stables. This is one of the main reasons why I was initially drawn to the school. I loved horses and wanted to learn horseback riding in boarding. . .

  • Class of 1986
    5 Stars  
    College of William and Mary
    Emphasis on self determination. Empowered women in a time with little empowerment. Holistic yet traditional approach to education-all subjects given equal importance and delivered with equal rigor.Tuesday night family style dinners for boarders and. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Dana Hall SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)5-129-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18811907
Campus Size55 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment468 students302 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1340* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score28*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1718
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$55 million$24 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$63,500$53,975
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$38,894$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT58%-
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsAngela N. Brown
Associate Director of AdmissionsNancy Mortarelli

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1718
CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English composition, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Latin, AP Physics C, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1616
SportsBallet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations4623
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
and Hallmanac, Architecture Club, Best Buddies, Big/Little Siblings, Blue Key, Boarding and Day Prefects, Bridge Club, Caritas Curing Cancer, China Care, Community Service Club, Disciplinary Council, Drumline, Environment Club, Focus, Foreign Sports Club, French Club, French/German Club, Inline Skating, International Cooking Club, Intramural Club, Kesher, Keyboarding, Model Club, Ping-Pong Club, Rock Climibing, Salaam, Spiritual Life: AGAPE, Student Publications: Mirage, TED (Teen Empathy at Dana), Teens in Action, Vegetarian Food and Cooking Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber, Chorale/Honors Chorale, Chorus, Dance Club, Legionnaire (Cadet Paper), Rocketry/Models

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Aqua Aerobics, Culinary Training, Drama Productions, Legion of Mary, Steel Drum, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Volley Ball, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 201310 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston College9
Columbia University5
Brown University4
University of St. Andrews4
Duke University3
Harvard University3
Middlebury College3
Princeton University2
Vanderbilt University2
Yale University2
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • At Dana Hall School, we have high expectations and know that academicexcellence is best realized in girls when their social and emotional needs are equally considered with their intellect. Students work through a vigorous curriculum and choosebetween a variety of electives. Healthy enrichment and support are the norms. Students openly dive in to topics from many angles. This allows each student, with intention, to listen deeply to perspectives and develop values that are most effective for her. 
  • Our current curriculum and legacy of teaching girls how they learn best energize our community. Every girl engages in studies in arts and sciences and exercises creative and critical thinking. As a result, Dana graduates are exceptionally prepared to tacklechallenges at college, and beyond.
  • Dana Hall students prosper, form bonds and a lasting network, on our campus and across the globe. This unique combination of opportunity and encouragement empowers each student to bring courage to all that she does while at Dana and in her future.
  • Dana Hall School accreditations: NEASC

Profile last updated: 07/30/2020

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