Dana Hall School

45 Dana Road,
Wellesley, MA, 02482-0218
     Tel: (781)235-3010
Grades: 6 - 12 | 465 students
Located 12 miles west of Boston, Dana Hall School is a college preparatory boarding and day school for young women in grades 6 - 12.
Placing primary emphasis upon sound academic education and upon the preparation of each individual for college and for life, the school balances exposure to new ideas and the challenge of analytical and creative thinking with concentration on the development of self-esteem, leadership, and respect for others.
As a school for girls, Dana Hall provides female students with a particularly advantageous environment for both education and self-development.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades 6 - 12
Year Founded 1881

Student Body

Total Students 465 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color 18%
State avg.: 21%
Students by Grade Dana Hall School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 70%
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 18 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Latin Catullus and Ovid, AP Latin Vergil, AP Mandarin, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. History  
Average SAT score 1885
Average ACT score 29
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $41,250
Tuition Notes $54,980 (Boarding)
% on Financial Aid 20%
Average Financial Aid Grant $35,002
Acceptance Rate 47%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Wendy Sibert Secor, P15 & 13
Admissions Associate Nancy Mortarelli


Total Sports Offered 14 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyGolf,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 35 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Best Buddies, Big Sister / Little Sister, Blue Key, Bridge (gay/straight alliance), Chamber Singers, Chorus, Community Service Advisory Board, Dana Canvas, Dana Hall School of Music: Instrumental lessons, Dance, Dance Fitness: Hip-hop, tap, musical theatre, Disciplinary Committee, Environmental Club, Farm Club, Gospel Choir, International Student Association, K2K (Kid to Kid tutoring), Life Guarding Certification, Model U.N., PRINTS: People Recognizing Injustices in Need of Thoughtful Solutions, Peer Education, Proctors, Riding, Robotics Club, Rock Climbing, SHADES (multicultural group), Ski Club, Spiritual Life: AGAPE and Kesher, Strength and Conditioning, Student Activities Committee, Student Council, Student Publications: Mirage, Focus, and Hallmanac, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Yoga Best Buddies, Blue Key, Chorus, Dana Canvas, Dance, Farm Club, Gospel Choir, Model U.N., Peer Education, Proctors, Riding, Robotics Club, Rock Climbing, Ski Club, Swimming, Yoga, Big Sister / Little Sister,
Bridge (gay/straight alliance),
Chamber Singers,
Community Service Advisory Board,
Dana Hall School of Music: Instrumental lessons,
Dance Fitness: Hip-hop, tap, musical theatre,
Disciplinary Committee,
Environmental Club,
International Student Association,
K2K (Kid to Kid tutoring),
Life Guarding Certification,
PRINTS: People Recognizing Injustices in Need of Thoughtful Solutions,
SHADES (multicultural group),
Spiritual Life: AGAPE and Kesher,
Strength and Conditioning,
Student Activities Committee,
Student Council,
Student Publications: Mirage, Focus, and Hallmanac,
Ultimate Frisbee,

School Notes:

Dana Hall School is committed to fostering excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics within a vibrant, caring community. With emphasis on integrity, leadership, diversity, and service as well as on respect for self and others, Dana Hall provides its students with a unique opportunity to prepare themselves for the challenges and choices they will face as women and citizens of the world.

Profile last updated: 08/09/2013

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is The Rivers School (2.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Wellesley Montessori School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Wellesley Montessori School (0.2 miles away)
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