Dana Hall School

Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA view map
All Girls, No Religious Affiliation

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For 130 years, Dana Hall has accompanied young women along their journeys of self-discovery. Today, as a boarding and day school for girls in grades six through twelve, Dana Hall remains dedicated to challenging academics, enriched by arts and athletics, and nurtured by significant relationships. From the start, we have committed ourselves to opening girls' minds, developing their critical thinking abilities, and helping them find, not only their voices, but also important things to say. Because Dana Hall has always been of women, by women, and for women, we understand at our very core how girls learn best and how much they can achieve.

Dana Hall School: Girls Learning, Leading, Succeeding

45 Dana Road, P.O. Box 9010, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA 02482

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Director of Admission: Wendy Sibert Secor
Admissions Phone:781-235-3010 ext.2531Fax:781-239-1383
Email: admission@danahall.org Website: www.danahall.org

  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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Dana Hall Model UN Team Nationally Ranked

Posted on September 25, 2013
Dana's Model UN Team is one of the top 25 high school teams in the Northeast.

  • Founded: 1881
  • Campus Size: 52 acres
  • Grades Offered: 6th-12th
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-12th
Grades 6th-12th
Girls     137 330 467
Boys     0 0 0
Total     137 330 467

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $54,980
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $41,250
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 21.00%
  • Average Awarded: $36,330

Summary: Dana Hall's curriculum encourages students to explore their intellectual potential, to discover the joy and satisfaction of learning, to master the skills necessary for continuing growth, and to appreciate the rewards of hard work. Students are expected to reach beyond the School's minimum requirements and to develop independence in the pursuit of learning. The strong liberal arts curriculum provides a broad preparation for college, and courses in every department ensure rigorous challenges along with ample opportunities for success.

Department Director: Jessica Keimowitz

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 61

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 78.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 17

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
  • Math Lab
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Animal Behavior
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Health
  • Physics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Science
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • Individual Instructions
  • Orchestra
  • Songwriting
  • Voice
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic Design
  • History of Theater
  • Journalism
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Public Speaking
  • Publications
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Television Production
  • Textiles
  • Theater Arts
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
  • Personal Finance
  • Study Abroad:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Latin Literature
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Physics C
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • AP Mandarin

Summary: Dana Hall girls come from fifteen countries and fifteen states. There is a buzz of activity and languages, even well into the evening throughout the six dorms. This percolating spirit shapes all of our interactions. It is this diversity of clutures and backgrounds that gives Dana Hall an eclectic vigor. You will find people like you and unlike you. There is always something new to learn about others and yourself. At Dana Hall you can feel both comfortable and fascinated every day.

Department Director: Donna Corrigan

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 6

Average Students Per Dorm: 25

No. of Girls Dorms: 6

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: At Dana Hall, students have the flexibility to partake in varied activities, to be multi-dimensional. It's not unusual to be a serious musician and edit the newspaper and volunteer in a literacy program. You can be a lacrosse player and work the lightboard for the spring musical. If you are not into team sports, you can take yoga or daytime fitness and work on your sculpture after class. You can make joyful noise with the Gospel Choir and use your idealism and management abilities to plan Earth Day. Whether you are accomplished or novice, you can enjoy our distinguished programs in horseback riding, music, and the arts. Somehow at Dana Hall even the most disparate pieces fit together.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Pool
  • Indoor pool
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Squash courts, Fencing Studio, Dance Studio

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Animal Rights Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Fencing
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Honor Council
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Pep Club
  • Photography
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • SADD
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Summary: Making art - on the stage or in the studio - is a powerful way of finding out about yourself and the world. Art is fascinating and exhilarating - and it is an integral part of your education at Dana Hall. You may already see yourself as an artist, an actress, a musician, a dancer. Or you may be perfectly certain that you cannot draw or act or sing or dance. Whatever your past experience, our accomplished faculty will build your confidence and introduce you to ideas, materials and perspectives you have never explored before. Likewise, Dana Hall's athletic program is an integral part of the school's curriculum, and, as such, it provides opportunities for instruction, participation, and growth. The athletic program strives to promote healthy competition and to embody the highest ideals of sportsmanship and respect. Students are encouraged to strive to compete at the highest level their ability and performance will allow. Accordingly, Dana Hall provides appropriate levels of competition for each athlete.

Arts Department Director: Kevin Groppe

Athletics Department Director: John Suby

Notable Achievements: Varsity Fencing 2011 Mass State Champions, Varsity Swim undefeated in the E.I.L , League Champions for the 2nd year in a row

  • A Cappella Group
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Gospel Choir
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Crew
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rock Climbing
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: Our administrators and faculty know their job is to prepare students for a life filled with opportunities. We help outfit a student's bag of tools with skills she will need to think critically, write persuasively, and speak intelligently. At Dana Hall, the world comes to our students. About 125 college and university representatives visit our campus each year. Our experienced college counselors begin working with girls in the middle of sophomore year. They help girls evaluate their goals and talents. Students are thrilled by the revelatory experience. When students are ready to begin their college search, they already have a true sense of what would suit and stretch their intellects and abilities.

Department Director: Jacquie Serafino

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

University of Pennsylvania 2 graduates
RISD 2 graduates
Bucknell 2 graduates
Columbia 2 graduates
Johns Hopkins 4 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 570 690
Mathematics 540 660
Writing 570 690

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: The Girls' Summer Leadership Program at Dana Hall seeks to cultivate in its participants Dana Hall School's core values of integrity, leadership, diversity, and service, as well as respect for self and others. This program provides participants with the unique opportunity to prepare themselves for the challenges and choices they will face as high school students. Whether participants will enter a co-ed or same-sex high school in the fall, the Girls Summer Leadership Program is designed to help girls find the tools they need to navigate this transition with confidence and self-awareness.

Department Director: Kristin Ryan