Dana Hall School

5.00 (6 reviews)
45 Dana Road
Wellesley, MA 02482
Audacious since 1881, Dana Hall School has always been dedicated to providing the vigorous education that every girl deserves-one that`s academically ambitious, rich with opportunity, and fiercely empowering.

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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
 | 2021 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

Enrollment484 students300 students
% Students of Color
32%
25%
% International Students
11%
20%
% Students Boarding
34%
70%
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
76%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$65 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$65,850$59,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$53,380$33,500
Tuition international students$65,850$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
24%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$41,517$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
55%
58%
Director of AdmissionsAngela N. Brown
n/a
Associate Director of AdmissionsElizabeth Connelly

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

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations2323
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
and Hallmanac, Big/Little Siblings, Blue Key, Boarding and Day Prefects, Bridge Club, Community Service Club, Disciplinary Council, Environment Club, Focus, French Club, Kesher, Rock Climibing, Salaam, Student Publications: Mirage, Vegetarian Food and Cooking Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber, Chorale/Honors Chorale, Chorus, Dance Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Drama Productions, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 202110 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Bucknell University5
American University3
Boston University3
Emory University3
New York University3
Syracuse University3
Tufts University3
University of Michigan3
Wake Forest University3
Northeastern University2
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Dana Hall School is unlike any other learning environment a girl will ever experience. We`re a school where students tackle demanding coursework and high academic expectations with joy, enthusiasm, and genuine curiosity. A place where girls take the lead in every classroom, on every stage, and on every sports field. We cultivate an environment in which students feel free to discover, become, and express exactly who they are. At Dana Hall, we believe that academic excellence is best realized in girls whose social and emotional needs are equally considered with their intellect. Here, girls have a rare opportunity to explore-fully and without reserve-every aspect of who they are. Their true interests, nascent talents, bold ambitions, and leadership qualities. What ignites their curiosity, moves their hearts, and gives them purpose. Since 1881, our students` undeniable success-at Dana Hall, in college, and in the world-has borne out the wisdom of our educational philosophy. 
  • Dana Hall School accreditations: NEASC

Profile last updated: 08/23/2021

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