Rowland Hall

720 Guardsman Way and 843 S Lincoln Street,
Salt Lake City, UT, 84108-0841
Tel: (801)924-1867
Grades: NS - 12 | 980 students
The mission of Rowland Hall is to inspire students to lead ethical and productive lives through a college preparatory program that promotes the pursuit of academic and personal excellence.
Rowland Hall is committed to offering its students a broad liberal arts education with English, social studies, mathematics, science, and foreign languages at the core of its academic program.
Equally important are the arts and athletics.
Rowland Hall encourages students to love learning, appreciate the arts, and strive for healthy lifestyles.
As students advance from preschool through twelfth grade, they are able to connect and expand on important academic concepts through a philosophically consistent and coordinated curricular scope and sequence.
Rowland Hall encourages religious, ethnic, racial, and economic diversity within its student body and nurtures understanding and acceptance of varying cultures and points of view.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Religious Affiliation Episcopal
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool - 12
Year Founded 1867

Student Body

Total Students 980 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 20%
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade Rowland Hall Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 111 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 70%
Average Class Size 16 students
Number of AP Courses 15 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1856
Average ACT score 28
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(uniform for lower grades, uniform shirt for middle school, dress code for Upper School - clean, modest and in good repair)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Mar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $17,050
Tuition Notes Range from $14815 to $17895 depending on grade/division
% on Financial Aid 23%
Average Financial Aid Grant $7,100
Acceptance Rate 67%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Kathy Gundersen
Admissions Associate Katherine Potter


Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBaseball,
BasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amnesty International, Chess, Choir, Community Service Council, Dance Company, Debate, Environmental Club, French Club, Helping Autistic America, Interact Service Club, Jazz Band, Latin Club, Letter Club, MathCounts, National Honor Society, Newspaper Staff, Pep Club, Robotics Club, Rotary Interact Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, Yearbook and Literary Magazine Chess, Choir, Dance Company, Debate, French Club, Jazz Band, Latin Club, Letter Club, MathCounts, Pep Club, Robotics Club, Spanish Club, Amnesty International,
Community Service Council,
Environmental Club,
Helping Autistic America,
Interact Service Club,
National Honor Society,
Newspaper Staff,
Rotary Interact Club,
Student Council,
Yearbook and Literary Magazine,

School Notes:

    • Type: Coeducational day college-preparatory school (Independent School)
    • Grades: PreK-12; Preschool, two-year-olds through kindergarten; Lower School, 1-5; Middle School, 6-8; Upper School, 9-12
    • Rowland Hall is accredited by the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, and The National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Utah Department of Education. The School is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and the Utah High School Activities Association.
    • Rowland Hall is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The School's 2012-2013 operating budget is $19 million. The endowment is approximately $7 million. An active Annual Giving program is supported by 99 percent of the faculty, better than 70 percent of the school's current parents and by many of the School's grandparents, parents of former students, and alumni.
    • Rowland Hall builds its curriculum around a solid core of academic courses and an array of elective and specialty choices. Class size averages 16, the student-teacher ratio is 9:1.
    • Requirements for graduation are as follows: four years of English; three years of mathematics (two years above Algebra I); three years of social studies; three years of laboratory science (one life science, two physical science); two years of one foreign language (Spanish, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, or French), four trimesters of fine arts; three trimesters of health;  one trimester of world religions; one trimester of ethics, one trimester of an activity (e.g., debate, yearbook); two years physical education. Minimum total credits for graduation: 24.
    • Beginning in kindergarten, computers are regularly used in all core curriculum areas as well as art, music, chess, and other specialty and elective classes.
    • A major financial commitment by the Rowland Hall's parent body, beginning in 1995, resulted in the availability of state-of-the-art computer hardware and software for all Rowland Hall students, faculty and administration.
    • Computers are available for student use in computer centers, mobile labs, classrooms, and libraries.
    • Rowland Hall's Upper School is a laptop school with all faculty and students working together on MacBook Pro computers.
    • Rowland Hall's Beginning School incorporates themes, projects, and play experiences into it's developmentally appropriate curriculum while acknowledging the special interest and skill level of each child. Lower School students concentrate on an integrated curriculum in reading, mathematics, science, the arts, social studies, and world cultures.
    • Rowland Hall takes a balanced approach to literacy in its first and second grade reading and writing curriculum. Language arts curriculum used through the elementary years, reinforces basic reading and writing skills, bolsters proficiency in written and oral communication, and continues to make the most of the campus' literature-rich environment.
    • Specialty and elective classes enrich the core curriculum through music, drama, the visual arts, chess, computer science, science, environmental activities, and community service projects.
    •  Middle School students at Rowland Hall are fortunate to have programs specifically designed to meet their changing needs and developing talents. With courses in language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, computers, and world languages, students benefit from small, lively classes with high academic expectations. Close support is offered through our advisory program.
    • The Upper School mixes a challenging academic schedule with sports, the arts, community service, and social activities. Rowland Hall students achieve a solid academic grounding through a strong liberal arts curriculum with numerous electives which prepare them for entrance into selective colleges and universities across the country. Approximately 90 percent of the high school student body enrolls in advanced placement classes, and historically, all of our graduating seniors enter college.
    • Upper School subjects offered: algebra, American history, American literature, art history, band, biology, calculus, ceramics, chemistry, chorus, computer science, creative writing, dance, debate, English, English literature, environmental science, ethics, European history, French, geometry, graphic design, health, history, journalism, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, math applications, music theory, orchestra, photography, physical education, physics, political science, psychology, Spanish, statistics, studio art, theater/drama,  world history, and world religion.
    • Advanced Placement preparation in 15 test areas, honors sections, independent study, study at local colleges for college credit, and study abroad are all available.
    • Parent conferences are scheduled twice a year, and parents are encouraged to confer with teachers at other times as well.
    • Upper School total full-time and part-time faculty is 40;  25 hold master's degrees and 5 hold doctorates. 
    • Alan C. Sparrow was appointed headmaster of Rowland Hall in 1992. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Master's of Arts and a Master's of Science from the University of Rochester.
    • In addition to teaching duties, some faculty members also serve as athletic coaches, and each teacher acts as an adviser to approximately 10 students. Rowland Hall has made a significant financial commitment to support faculty continuing education and professional development.
    • COLLEGE PLACEMENT- Sixty-six students graduated in 2012 and all plan to attend college. Institutions enrolling more than one member of the Class of 2012 include  Westminster College, University of Utah, University of Southern California, Babson College, Wesleyan University, and University of Puget Sound.
    • Three graduates of the Class of 2011 received National Merit Scholarships.
    • For the Class of 2012, the average SAT Critical Reading score was 620; the average SAT Math score was 640; the average SAT Writing score was 620; and the average SAT Composite score was 1870.   The average ACT Composite score was 29. 
    • For over 121 years, Rowland Hall's historic, two-acre downtown Salt Lake City Avenues campus housed the school's youngest students through grade five.
    • In December 2002, Rowland Hall's preschool and lower school moved to a new nine-acre campus on the east side of Salt Lake City. The Beginning School facility, the two-story Lower School/administrative building, the chapel, the library, the gymnasium and the dining hall/fine arts building -- surrounded by courtyards and green fields, gardens and playgrounds –creates a residential, rather than an institutional, educational environment for our youngest students. The gymnasium comfortably accommodates home basketball games and large non-athletic events. A "regulation" sized basketball court with additional room for bleachers to seat over 400, plus boys' and girls' locker rooms make the gym an ideal setting for Middle School practices and games. Lower School students use this facility for daily, year-round physical education classes.
    • The Middle School and Upper School are located on the Lincoln Street Campus, approximately .25 mile from the McCarthey Campus on Guardsman Way. Sixth through eighth graders enjoy the light and spacious environment of a Middle School addition completed in 1994. It adjoins the Upper School facility, formerly a public junior high school, acquired and renovated in the 1980s.
    • A state-of-the-art performance and assembly center, the Larimer Center for the Performing Arts, was renovated on the Lincoln Street campus in 1992.  A library, gymnasium, playing fields, Middle School computer lab, and fine arts studios offer Middle and Upper School students many learning opportunities.
    • Physical Education classes and activities throughout all grades stress the importance of lifetime fitness and taking responsibility for healthy life choices.
    • Rowland Hall is classified as a 2A school and is a member of Region XIII of the Utah High School Activities Association.
    • The School has an Athletic Director, an Assistant Athletic Director, 4 full-time PE instructors, 12 full-time coaches, 23 part-time coaches, and 1 part-time sport trainer.
    • Established in 1982, Rowmark Ski Academy is one of the country's top ski racing programs for young, elite alpine ski racers. Approximately 25 high school-aged student/athletes from around the U.S. participate in rigorous ski training and Rowland Hall course work. Students from out-of-town live with host families. Todd Brickson is the program director. For more information, see the Academy's web site at
    • Students are encouraged to participate in the School's rich array of extracurricular activities each year. At the Lower School opportunities for enrichment in the visual arts, music, drama, cooking, science, community service, athletics, journalism, computer science, and chess are offered through the Extended Day Program.
    • In the Middle School, students may choose to join the yearbook staff, participate in Dance Company, debate, Science Olympiad, chorus, orchestra, band, Mathcounts, the newspaper staff, literary magazine, and intramural and interscholastic athletic teams.
    • In the Upper School, student government is an important part of the extracurricular program. The Student Council serves as a channel for school communication, a voice in decision-making, and a sponsor of social activities and community service. Rowland Hall Upper School students may also become involved in Rotary Interact Club, Dance Company, Amnesty International, the yearbook or newspaper staff, jazz band, debate team, the Spanish, French, Latin Clubs, Community Service Council, or the literary magazine staff.
    • Students in Beginning School full-day programs and Lower School grades begin their school day at 8:30 a.m. and classes end at 3:15 p.m. Middle School students begin their day at 8:15 a.m. and are released at 3:40 p.m.
    • Upper School period 1 starts at 8:15 a.m. and classes continue through 3:40 p.m. There are eight 42-minute academic periods on Monday, Thursday, and Friday and four 84 minutes (double period) alternating block classes on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Each morning there is a 20-minute period for assemblies, teacher consultation time, advisory, or class meetings. Athletic team practices and fine arts rehearsals also take place after school.
    • SUMMER PROGRAMS-Rowland Hall established a summer program in 1983. SummerRocks includes academic, enrichment, and sports classes offered on the Lincoln Street campus for Rowland Hall  students and students from other schools. Additional fees apply. Rowland Hall also conducts a summer day camp, SummerWorks, for children of preschool and elementary school ages.

    Profile last updated: 09/15/2013

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School Reviews

  • Recommended April 28, 2013 - The teachers at Rowland Hall are simply great teachers who help make the process of educating a child enjoyable, successful and rewarding for students and parents alike. Students are treated as individuals and given the challenges and nurturing necessary to help them thrive. - Posted by Parent
  • Recommended April 28, 2013 - Rowland Hall has been a wonderful place for our two boys! They entered the school in 3rd and 5th grade, and we now have a sophomore and senior, so we are familiar with all 3 divisions of the school. The number one strength of the school is the faculty. The teachers and administration are all passionate about education and really like kids! When we have had any concerns, they are all taken seriously, and it has always been easy to approach both the individual teachers and the administration. In fact, they actually solicit input from parents and encourage feedback. The college counseling is superb! I''m certain no other school in the state, and few in the country, could begin to match it. Our senior was guided through the process independently and is now agonizing over which college he should choose from the amazing colleges that he was accepted to! - Posted by Parent

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