12 Highland Street
Natick, MA 01760
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.

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 284 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $64,460
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $48,680
  • Acceptance rate: 47%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Walnut Hill School for the Arts
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
5-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1893
1906
Campus Size
30 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
284 students
310 students
% Students of Color
17%
25%
% International Students
36%
20%
% Students Boarding
80%
70%
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
16 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
7:1
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
84%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$16 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$64,460
$61,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$48,680
$33,900
% Students on Financial Aid
38%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$36,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
47%
58%
Director of Admissions
Kevin Smith

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered
2
16
Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
20
23
Extracurriculars
Agonies, AIDS Action Committee, Black and Hispanic Awareness (BHA), Campus Players, Environment Club, Foreign and American Student Organization, Gargoyle - yearbook, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Gold Key Club, International Club, Junior Singing Group (JSG), Mischords, Mixed Nuts, SADD, Students Against Destructive Decisions, The Blue Pencil

Club or Organization:
Student Government, Students of Color Group, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

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.
  • Walnut Hill School for the Arts accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Walnut Hill School for the Arts cost?

Walnut Hill School for the Arts's tuition is approximately $64,460 for boarding students and $48,680 for day students.

What schools are Walnut Hill School for the Arts often compared to?

Walnut Hill School for the Artsis often viewed alongside schools like Idyllwild Arts Academy by visitors of our site.

What is the acceptance rate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts?

The acceptance rate of Walnut Hill School for the Arts is 47%, which is lower than the boarding school average of 58%.

What sports does Walnut Hill School for the Arts offer?

Walnut Hill School for the Arts offers 2 interscholastic sports: Ballet and Dance.

When is the application deadline for Walnut Hill School for the Arts?

The application deadline for Walnut Hill School for the Arts is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

Alumni Reviews Review School

Review
Description

Class of 2016
5.00
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. . .

Class of 2016
5.00
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. . .

Class of 2005
5.00
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. . .
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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 284 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $64,460
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $48,680
  • Acceptance rate: 47%
  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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