Dana Hall School

5.00 5 1 (2 reviews)
45 Dana Road
Wellesley, MA 02482
Tel: 781-235-3010 x2531
  • Dana Hall School: Girls Learning, Leading, Succeeding Located 12 miles west of Boston, Dana Hall is an all-girls day and boarding school for grades 5-12.
  • Since its founding in 1881, Dana Hall has been committed to the education of young women, academic excellence and the encouragement of a well-rounded, balanced education.Teaching young women is what Dana Hall does best.Encouraged by strong role models, Dana Hall students find their voice; they learn to express their opinions and take on new challenges.They find confidence and strength, and they acquire the habits of hard work and the skills to succeed throughout their lives.

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  • Class of 1986
    5 Stars   6/13/2017
    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. . .

  • Class of 1980
    5 Stars   6/12/2017
    West Virginia University
    Dana Hall is for girls only. The class size is small and the students come from all over the world. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Dana Hall School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) 5-12 9-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1881 1910
Campus Size 55 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 482 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1885 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1690 - 2060 -
Average ACT score 28 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 17 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $47 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,680 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$45,650 $28,500
Tuition international students $59,680 $47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $35,002 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 58% -
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsWendy Sibert Secor, P15 & 13
Associate Director of AdmissionsNancy Mortarelli

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 17 16
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 Offered 14 14
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 42 23
ExtracurricularsAqua Aerobics, Architecture Club, Best Buddies, Big/Little Siblings, Blue Key, Bridge Club, Caritas Curing Cancer, Chamber, China Care, Chorus, Community Service Club, Crew, Dana Canvas, Dana Hall School of Music: instrumental lessons, Dance Club, Disciplinary Council, Environment Club, French Club, Gospel, Green Team, International Student Club, K2K (kid to kid tutoring), Life Guarding Certification, Model UN, Peer Education,

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston College 9
Columbia University 5
Brown University 4
University of St. Andrews 4
Duke University 3
Harvard University 3
Middlebury College 3
Princeton University 2
Vanderbilt University 2
Yale University 2
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • 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.
  • School accreditations: NEASC
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