Miss Hall's School

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
492 Holmes Road
Pittsfield, MA 01201
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Miss Hall's School Photo #1 - A talented, supportive community of learners awaits you at MHS. Our faculty are dedicated mentors who are passionate about their subjects and creative in their teaching, unafraid to ditch the textbook in favor of collaborative, project-based learning.
Miss Hall's School Photo #2 - "The best thing about MHS is how friendly everyone is and how easy it is to become part of the community. I had an abundance of new friends on the first day of orientation, and I had bonded with my teachers by the end of the first week of classes." - Current Student
Miss Hall's School Photo #3 - Thursdays means Horizons at MHS. It also means the entire school day changes: ninth grade students immerse themselves in on-campus workshops and projects that prepare them for future Horizons work. Sophomores, juniors and seniors spend the morning volunteering and interning around the Berkshire community or leading on-campus, independent projects that shape the world around them.
Miss Hall's School Photo #4 - Step outside the classroom onto our fields, courts, and trails. Athletics at MHS allows you to compete at the highest level while building confidence and leadership skills.
Miss Hall's School Photo #5 - At MHS, we believe the arts are an instrinsic part of the human experience, and we take full advantage of opportunities in the cultural center that is the Berkshires. Students experiment with new forms of creativity, gain respect for artistic tradition, and find their artistic voice.
Miss Hall's School Photo #6 - The MHS graduate is a thinker, a creator and a contributor to the common good. She is a global citizen, a self-aware, resilient, and courageous participant in a multicultural society. Empowered by skills and knowledge, the MHS graduate is able to solve problems with intellect and creativity while embracing a spirit of exploration and curiosity.
  • Founded in 1898, Miss Hall`s School is a four-year, college preparatory boarding and day school for girls in grades 9-12, located in Pittsfield, the largest city in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts.
  • The School provides a rigorous college preparatory program while supporting a culture of inclusivity, service, and leadership.
  • Our program is enhanced by offerings in the arts and athletics, and by its nationally recognized Horizons program.
  • Guided by our mission and sharpened by daily practice, our School continuously reimagines girl-centered education to foster a pioneering intellectual spirit and an authentic engagement between students and adults.

School News

  • MHS NAMES DEAN OF EQUITY AND INCLUSION - 10/27/2019 - Miss Hall`s School is pleased to announce the hiring of Paula M. Lima Jones as the School`s first Dean of Equity and Inclusion.
  • Broadening Perspectives - 10/27/2019 - The Miss Hall`s academic program keep s getting better and better. As a result of nine months of curricular reimagining, the 2019-2020 school year will see the debut of new ...more"Hallmark" courses, which are yearlong, advanced classes that foster independent inquiry and intellectual curiosity. Part of the process has involved looking at the entire MHS curriculum through the lens of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. hide

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univeristy
    My school offers Horizons, which is a weekly event in which sophomores and up travel off-campus to complete volunteer work at a chosen site while Freshman learn valuable skills like gardening, the basics of business. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Goucher College
    The Horizon's Program is an aspect of Miss Halls that stands out as unique. 10-12th graders apply to off-campus internships that they attend once a week on Thursday mornings. These internships provide real-world experience that. . .
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
    One really unique aspect of Miss Halls is the Girl's Leadership Project (GLP) which includes campus programs such as Horizons, PAaLS and MAPS. Horizons is a program where all students volunteer at severl local businesses. . .

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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
Miss Hall's SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG7-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18981909
Campus Size90 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment217 students315 students
% Students of Color
26%
23%
% International Students
37%
20%
% Students Boarding
72%
69%
Average SAT Score1291* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size10 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered518
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
69%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$16 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$60,600
(Financial aid available.)
$57,000
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,750
(Financial aid available.)
$31,250
% Students on Financial Aid
73%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$39,068$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
57%
57%
Director of AdmissionsDavid Hopkins

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered518
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP U.S. History, Hallmark English: Literary Ghosts, Hallmark French, Hallmark History: Rethinking the Mediterranean, Hallmark Latin, Hallmark Math: Project-Based Statistics, Hallmark Spanish, Hallmark: Art Intensive, Hallmark: Environmental Science, Hallmark: Humanities Seminar, Human Geography, Independent Projects in Art

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1215
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Equestrian, Golf, Lacrosse, Riding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations2723
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Admissions Ambassadors, Animation Comic and Game Club, Audio Visual Club, Brain Bee - Neuroscience, Business Club, Chemistry Club, Cooking Club, Current Events Club, Debate Club, Diversity Coalition, Environmental Action Team, Hallways Student Newspaper, International Student Alliance, Marketing Design Club, Reading and Discussions Club, Space Club, Spectrum - LGBTQ, STEAM Club, Step Team

Arts and Music Programs:
Grace Notes a Capella Group, MHS Theater Ensemble, Vocal and Music Ensembles

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Fitness, Movement and Dance, Snowboarding, Swimming, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Our program intentionally builds the intellect, skills, and mindset that empower young women to contribute boldly and creatively to an evolving global society, while preparing them to pursue higher levels of education and lifelong learning. Miss Hall`s is gradually moving beyond the College Board`s AP curriculum in order to align more closely with our mission and strategic priorities. We have designed new "Hallmark" courses to allow for more personalized, in-depth, and sustained inquiry at the highest level available in our school. Hallmark classes provide in-depth, demanding coursework that serves students who are seeking to examine and understand a subject above and beyond our standard college preparatory curriculum. Students can challenge themselves with our most personalized and rigorous course offerings in each subject. Most Hallmark courses culminate in a creative, public presentation of learning. Hallmark courses foster intellectual curiosity and allow our students to engage with the world through critical discourse as well as provide opportunities for deep investigation and thematic study. 
  • Our experiential service-learning program, Horizons, is embedded in the academic life of Miss Hall`s and serves as a bridge from the classroom to the real world. On Thursday mornings each year, students are required to take part in on- and off-campus volunteering, internships, and projects, which evolve sequentially throughout grade levels. Seniors participate in yearlong professional internships or individualized projects tailored to their interests, in partnership with local community organizations and businesses. 
  • LD types supported: Various - Support offered in the Academic Skills Center
  • Miss Hall's School accreditations: The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), Association of Secondary Schools in New England (AISNE), Association of International Educators (NAFSA), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Northeastern Boarding Schools Admission Association (NBSAA), National Coalition of Girls' Schools
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Lucy Adams Billings '66 - New York State Supreme Court Justice
    • Barbara Cooperman '73 - Executive VP, Market Communications and Corporate Relations, Elsevier
    • Jean Erdman '34 - An influential figure in the world of modern dance and part of the Martha Graham Dance Company; was on the faculty of Columbia University and New York University; was the wife of mythologist Joseph Campbell until his death in 1987.
    • Paula Leuchs Moats '72 - Senior VP, Laconia Capital Corporation
    • Susan O'Day '77 - Exec VP: Enterprise Technology/CIO, Walt Disney Co
    • Molly Shepard '64 - President and CEO, The Leader's Edge
    • Stacey Sotirhos '89 - Instructional Support Specialist, New York City Board of Education
    • Kari Steinert '85 - Big Foote Music, composer and musician for commercials and films
    • Dian Adams Toland '72 - Project Director of Construction and Restoration, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
    • Catherine Foster '95 - Architect, Pei Cobb Freed + Partners

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