Dana Hall School

Located 12 miles west of Boston, Dana Hall School is a college preparatory boarding (grades 9-12) and day (grades 5-12) school for young women.
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.

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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)
Grades OfferedGrades 5-12
Year Founded1881

Student Body

Total Students468 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Dana Hall School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses17 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP 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 score1340
Average ACT score29
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$47,787
Tuition Notes$59186 (Boarding)
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$34,862
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAngela N. Brown
Admissions AssociateNancy Mortarelli
Endowment Size$55 million


Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
FencingField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.36 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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, Disciplinary Committee, Environmental Club, Farm Club, Gospel Choir, International Student Association, K2K (Kid to Kid tutoring), Life Guarding Certification, Model U.N., musical theatre, Peer Education, PRINTS: People Recognizing Injustices in Need of Thoughtful Solutions, 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, tap, Ultimate Frisbee, Yoga

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.

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