Walnut Hill School for the Arts

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
Tel: 508-650-5020
12 Highland Street
Natick, MA 01760
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  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 912, and a postgraduate year. We offer unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum.
  • Every aspect of our program promotes our students' growth as bold artists, curious learners, and mindful citizens. Students from across the country and around the globe come together to form a dynamic community on our scenic campus located just west of Boston in Natick, Massachusetts.
  • Guided by master teachers and supported by peers from a variety of artistic backgrounds, Walnut Hill students graduate prepared to succeed in college and beyond. Learn more at www.walnuthillarts.org or follow us @WalnutHillArts.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Bard College
    The arts focus of Walnut Hill made it so the students were all artistically passionate, creative, and motivated. Also the classes were catered towards this kind of thinking, so it was engaging to take part. . .
  • Eastman school of Muisc
    As our school is an art school, it was unique that all academic classes end at 2pm and resuming art classes from then. . .
  • University of Southern California
    Walnut Hill is - as the name suggests - a school for the arts. This not only means that each student is immersed in both academic classes typical of any high school and also rigorous. . .
Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Walnut Hill SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusPre-prof. Arts / College-prepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18931910
Campus Size30 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment295 students300 students
% Students of Color
12%
20%
% International Students
30%
20%
% Students Boarding
80%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size16 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
84%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$16 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,600$52,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$45,000$28,270
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$30,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
47%
57%
Director of AdmissionsJason Hersom
Associate Director of AdmissionsNadine Abigana

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1923
ExtracurricularsAIDS Action Committee, Amabile Cantabile, Amnesty International Club, Bandoleros, Community Organizations Community Council, Community Service Club, Dorm Prefects, EMERGE, Environment Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Gold Key Club, International Club, Mischords, Mixed Nuts, SADD, Student Government, Students Against Destructive Decisions, The Blue Pencil, Yearbook

College Matriculation

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

School Notes

  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience purposefully designed for student artists in grades 912, and a postgraduate year. We offer unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum. Every aspect of our program promotes our students' growth as bold artists, curious learners, and mindful citizens. Students from across the country and around the globe come together to form a dynamic community on our scenic campus located just west of Boston in Natick, Massachusetts. Guided by master teachers and supported by peers from a variety of artistic backgrounds, Walnut Hill students graduate prepared to succeed in college and beyond. Learn more at www.walnuthillarts.org or follow us @WalnutHillArts.
  • School accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
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