Dana Hall School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
45 Dana Road
Wellesley, MA 02482
Dana Hall School Photo #1 - Whether riding is the center of your life or a sport you've always wanted to pursue, at Dana Hall you can take the reins yourself.
Dana Hall School Photo #1 - Whether riding is the center of your life or a sport you've always wanted to pursue, at Dana Hall you can take the reins yourself.
Dana Hall School Photo #2 - Teams sports are not the only avenue for Dana students to gain the essential health benefits of fitness and athletics.
Dana Hall School Photo #3 - Enthusiasm, energy and passion abound on campus. Dana Hall students love their school and support each other.
Dana Hall School Photo #4 - At Dana Hall, a dorm is not just a place to sleep -- it's a home away from home, a personal space in a larger community, and the springboard for life skills and confidence that Dana students gain as they develop independence.
Dana Hall School Photo #5 - Step Sing - one of the many special traditions at Dana Hall. They're a little hard to explain, but traditions play an important role in life at Dana Hall School, serving not only as symbols of the past, but also staples in the present. These special activities also provide amazing opportunities for teamwork and organization.
Dana Hall School Photo #6 - Dancers at all levels find their groove at Dana Hall.
Dana Hall School Photo #7 - Dana Hall knows what it takes to play like a champion.
Dana Hall School Photo #8 - All the world's a stage??especially for Dana Hall actresses.
Dana Hall School Photo #9 - Experimentation. Exploration. Creativity. Dana Hall's visual artists are sensitive observers of themselves and the world around them.
Dana Hall School Photo #10 - The Dana Hall Upper School offers intellectual challenge and personal growth to a diverse community of girls from dozens of towns around New England and every corner of the U.S.and the world.
  • 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  
    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  
    Garland Jr. College
    Dana Hall gave us the freedom to think, create, engage and learn from inspiring staff members. . .

  • Class of 1980
    5 Stars  
    University of Illinois
    Traditions dating back to the 1800"s enrich the students live.Girls from all over the world attend, which makes a culturally rich environment for all. . .
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2018 School Data
Dana Hall SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18811910
Campus Size55 acres104 acres

Student Body

Enrollment468 students315 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
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1717
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$55 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$59,186$49,850
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$34,862$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


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 Offered1717
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 Offered1615
SportsBallet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations4624
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

  • 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.
  • Dana Hall School accreditations: NEASC

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