Dana Hall School - Review #1

Read more details about Dana Hall School on their 2019-20 profile page.
Dana Hall School
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About the Author:

College EnrolledEmory University
Home Town, State Wilmington, MA
Years Attended Boarding School3
Activities During Boarding SchoolAny and all activities at Dana can be attempted even without previous experience. My senior year I took part in my first musical, I was a member of the Blue Key Tour guides, and a chamber singer. I took my first ballet class, tried Model UN, and worked in the Library. Balancing school work and extracurriculars was challenging but the support from the faculty helps.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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. The faculty and staff at Dana Hall is unparalleled. They are inspiring and I can not speak highly enough of the people who made my time at Dana Hall so memorable.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I adored my time at Dana and overall I remember my experience fondly. I was supported and loved my the teachers, my friends, and my house Directors. I would not be where I am today without their support.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would advice students coming to boarding school for the first time to embrace homesickness and use it to grow and become more matured
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The faculty and staff and the help and support they gave me
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Grey Lodge Dorm is the best dorm! The traditions of Dana Hall live on forever in my and my friends hearts.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics can be as challenging as you want them to be. I took AP classes and honors classes and they were difficult, but I also had friends that took the regular level classes and still found them difficult. Your schedule, especially in junior and senior year, can be easily catered to your interests. The elective courses become more interesting and more accessible as you age up into your last two years at Dana.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I did not participate much in athletics because I am not a very athletic person, but there were many sports and activities to join even for those of us who are clumsy. Rock climbing, yoga, meditation, and general fitness classes are made available. Also, even without participating in sports I still attended sporting events and showed school spirit!

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The choir and chamber singers and a great part of Dana. The music school makes it easy to start a new instrument and learn something new!

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Sophomores are required to complete 20 hours of community service and they make it very easy to complete. Shuttles take students from campus to Rosy’s Place, Charles River Clean Up, Cradles to Crayons, etc. and if there is something you are interested in that is not a provided shuttle you can request it!

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The johnston’s (A, B, C, and D) have been recently renovated and are beautiful!! This is where the first years and sophomores live mostly. Juniors and Seniors have the option to live in a House style dorm and that, honestly, was my favorite part about Dana. Grey lodge and Wheeler are smaller dorms that really feel like home with House Directors that are loving and welcoming.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The meals at Dana are open to students and their families, faculty and staff for 3 meals a day included in tuition. There is not a meal swipe system so it is very easy and accessible. As somebody with food allergies I can genuinely say that I could safely eat as everything is labeled. The food is prepared well and the menu is different every day. I only have nice things to say about the dining hall.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The wellesley area has many stores. Starbucks and CVS and JP Licks Ice cream are a short walk away. Roche Bros. Grocery store is a little further away.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Social Life is great. Being at an all girls school allows you to be more confident about spending time with everyone around you. It’s a welcoming and kind environment.
Read more details about Dana Hall School on their 2019-20 profile page.

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  • Review Description
  • Dana Hall School Alumni #1
    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. . .
  • Dana Hall School Alumni #2
    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. . .
  • Dana Hall School Alumni #3
    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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