- 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.
Rowland Hall places among the top 20% of private schools in Utah for:
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-12|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Total Students||953 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 23%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||80 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||12:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||16 students|
|Number of AP Courses||19 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Average SAT score||1320|
|Average ACT score||28|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|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||Feb. 15 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$19,515|
|Tuition Notes||Range from $16295 to $22900 depending on grade/division|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$7,100|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Kathy Gundersen|
|Admissions Associate||Lisa Miranda|
|Total Sports Offered||12 sports|
|Sports||Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballAlpine Skiing, Baseball,|
Basketball, Cross Country,
Track and Field, Volleyball,
|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|
- 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 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 Northwest Association of Independent Schools, the National Association of Episcopal Schools, and the Utah High School Activities Association.
- Rowland Hall is the only Utah school to be invited to be a JRPO school, one of only 50 schools nationally.
- Utah`s only John C. Malone Family Foundation school, one of only 50 schools nationally.
- Utah`s only National Forensic League "School of Excellence," one of only 13 US schools, private or public.
- Eighty-four percent of our female students graduate with a year of physics in comparison to 47% nationally. (American Institute of Physics, 2011.)
- The only Utah school to produce 27 national qualifying debaters in the last five years.
- Consistent annual winner of the National Council of Teachers of English top award for U.S. high school literary magazines.
- Rowland Hall established its SummerWorks day camp program in 1983, for student from 4 years of age through high school. This is the only summer day camp in Utah to be accredited by the American Camp Association. For more information visit https:/www.rowlandhallsummer.org.
- Early college admissions for the Class of 2014 included Middlebury, Pomona, Boston College, Williams, Duke, U Penn, Vanderbilt, Davidson, NYU, Barnard, and University of Michigan.
- Our graduates gain admission to selective colleges at more than twice the rate of other applicants.
- Well over 60% of our graduates are offered merit scholarships to college.
- In all but three of the last 21 years our seniors have led the state in percentage of National Merit Scholars.
- Rowland Hall is the home of Rowmark Ski Academy, one of the finest elite ski racing programs for pre-college or pre-professional athlete-scholars, nationally and internationally, and the only Utah school to offer professional training and competition at the junior level. Students from out-of-town live with host families. Todd Brickson is the program director. For more information, visit www.rowmark.org.
- All 69 graduates of 2014 all plan to attend college. Institutions enrolling more than one member of the Class of 2014 include Westminster College (Salt Lake City), the University of Utah, University of Southern California, Boston College, and Wesleyan University.Five graduates of the Class of 2014 received National Merit Scholarships.
- Rowland Hall is governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The School's 2014-2015 operating budget is $20 million. The endowment is approximately $7 million. An active Annual Giving program is supported by 100 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, iPads and laptop computers are regularly used in all core curriculum areas as well as art, music, chess, and other specialty and elective classes.
- 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, 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 19 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 has been head of school since 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.
- 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 2002, the preschool through fifth grade moved to a newly constructed campus at 720 Guardsman Way -- the Philip G. McCarthey Campus.
- 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.
- Rowland Hall is classified as a 2A school and is a member of Region XIII of the Utah High School Activities Association.
- In the spring of 2014, the school opened two new soccer fields (one regulation, one practice) as the first facilities on the school's new Steiner Campus. A Capital Campaign will continue to raise funds for the remaining construction on the campus (adjacent to the McCarthey Campus): a sports complex and a large building for Middle School and Upper School classrooms and other various learning spaces.
- 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.
- 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.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Salt Lake City Grades: NS-8 | 550 students
1325 S Main St
Salt Lake City, UT 84115
(801)487-9985 1.6 NS-8
My children have been exceptionally happy at Rowland Hall. The small class sizes mean that our children have had innumerable differentiated learning opportunities. Every classroom communicated high expectations about what children can achieve intellectually and social-emotional, and did so in ways that empowered students to solve complex math, engineering, and social problems with strategies they've practiced and confidence that they'll succeed. Since moving to distance learning, the caliber of instruction has not wavered. The Kindergarten team has provided engaging content, ample feedback, and many opportunities for classmates to connect. They're not using any canned curricula or impersonal learning platforms. Every lesson is crafted by the RH faculty for the students that they know so well. Parent communication continues to be frequent, positive, and makes us feel like a critical partner in our children's learning. We can't recommend the school highly enough!
- Posted by Parent - Anna
The Early Learning Program has been amazing for us and our two boys. Transferring from New York City could have been a challenge, but their approach and dedication allowed them to love the school and the area. Even in the COVID era, they ability to supplement what used to be in the classroom and take the pressure off our shoulders has been inspiring.
- Posted by Parent - Duan Family
My family has always appreciated the incredible Rowland Hall community, the heavy investment in professional development for teachers (it shows), the academic rigor, and the emphasis on the emotional development of the "whole child" here. Since the coronavirus pandemic closed the doors, we have seen an even greater benefit to our investment in this school. RH has quickly and thoughtfully created a robust online curriculum that has kept our 3 kids engaged (academically and with peers and teachers), challenged, and smiling. Their innovative approach to planning for the uncertainties of 2020-21 gives me confidence that this is still the right place for us. If you are looking for the best all-around academic and social-emotional foundation for your child, this is your school.
- Posted by Parent - Virginia
My two children have been at Rowland Hall since preschool, now in 4th and 6th grade. I have been thoroughly impressed with their teachers every year we have been at the school. I am always amazed at the topics and the depth at which they study them. The administration and staff are very welcoming and supportive, and we have made great friendships with the broader community!
- Posted by Parent - pat
I love this school, Nico is currently in 6th grade and started attending Rowland Hall when he was in 3rd grade. What I value the most is the personalized education that each student receive as well as the support in every aspect, from the physical to emotional, every teacher and staff will know about every student strength and weakness and they will work together to get the best out of everyone. This school is also caring about families that can not afford to pay 100% tuition because diversity is also valuable and they believe that every child deserves the same opportunity, that is something not every private school will offer or care about. I'm more than grateful for the school, the teachers and all the staff because I can tell they care about our children and that is also priceless.
- Posted by Parent - Nico's Mom
Our experience at Rowland Hall has been one of excellence. The entire faculty, teachers and administration, have been thoughtful, prepared and engaging with our son. As a family, we enjoy the Rowland Hall community and our son loves school. We can honestly say that he is thriving. We truly believe that our son is getting a great education and we are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Rowland Hall family.
- Posted by Parent - Brad Jensen
As a Rowland Hall "lifer" (attended pre-school through high school graduation), I couldn't be more pleased with my experience. The community that Rowland Hall provides for its students promotes an open, inclusive culture that helps shape everyone into their own version of their best self. The rigorous academic curriculum (while hard to appreciate it as I was attending!) prepared me so well for college that I actually found it less challenging than Rowland Hall! Returning to Utah after graduation, the alumni community has enabled me to stay connected with the school and has provided additional opportunities for involvement. My teachers truly impacted me in a way that still affects me today, and I'm so happy that the alumni events enable me to stay in touch with all of them, even over a decade after graduation. I couldn't recommend Rowland Hall more for parents who are seeking a healthy, challenging and inclusive environment for their children.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Molly Jones
I go to Rowland Hall And I love it. It is probably the best school in the world!
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Morgan. Ashby
My two children have been at Rowland Hall since kindergarten and are now an SR and FR.... we could not ask for more from a school. They are supported by a faculty that is academically strong but more importantly, caring and inclusive. My son is more than ready for college and the college counseling program is incredible. We have loved being a part of this school the has curricular offerings unmatched in Utah and extra curricular programs that are also top notch.
- Posted by Parent - ATL
I am a grandparent of a newly admitted 7th grade student. Although I was not directly involved in the admission process the parents were very pleased with the professionalism of Rowland Hall and the people involved in admissions. It was especially positive in regards to availability and communication. The parents at no time felt that they were not kept informed about the status of the process. The admission department process was thorough but at the same time it was not cumbersome.On another note my granddaughter from day one felt accepted by the Rowland Hall faculty, staff and students. She loves the school and is so very positive about her experience
- Posted by Parent - Chris Hill
Our daughter is thriving at Rowland Hall. She loves school! We feel fortunate to be in a situation where our child genuinely *wants* to go to school each morning. In each of her eight years at Rowland Hall, she has benefitted from small class sizes, experiential learning opportunities, a diverse peer group and remarkably gifted teachers dedicated to her success. Rowland Hall offers a challenging curriculum complemented by inspiring and caring teachers who model a "love of learning" philosophy on a daily basis. We appreciate the school`s emphasis on character development and commitment to fostering community. This has instilled in her a sense of belonging and importance that manifests in a healthy balance of self-awareness and self-esteem. She is a happy kid! Our family experience has been positive and rewarding. We cannot overstate our gratitude to Rowland Hall. Highly recommend this school.
- Posted by Parent - RHparent
I love that Rowland Hall supports my kids in all areas, not just the academics. Ethical education, physical education and arts education all receive the attention they deserve. This is not to say the school isn't academically focused-it is!-but the school's staff and administration recognize how important it is to guide the development of the "whole child." I've been a parent here for six years, and I love it.
- Posted by Parent - PragmaticSLC
My son was at Rowland Hall from preschool through 12th grade. I can't imagine a better learning experience. As a very active child, each lower school teacher took the time to find a way to ensure that he did not get too distracted. The individualized attention was amazing. In addition to the learning goals we all have for our children, I wanted my son to enjoy school. He did, and I credit the creativity and commitment of the teachers for his positive attitude towards school and learning and his amazing study habits. That early experience translated to academic success in middle school,high school and beyond. He felt very prepared for his college experience and excelled. I feel very fortunate that, as a family, we were members of the RH community -- I am thankful for my son's educational experience and cherish the memories of his time there.
- Posted by Parent - claws
My children are presently enrolled in the Beginning School at Rowland Hall, where they are appropriately challenged and nurtured, such that they have developed a passion for learning at a young and critical age. The community is welcoming, supportive, and diverse. The faculty and administration are invested in the students, responsive to parents, and focused on continually improving the pedagogy and student experience. Indeed, the quality of the recently hired Lower School Head and Director of Ethical Education further reflects Rowland Hall's commitment to improvement. Rowland Hall students demonstrate a refreshing level maturity and confidence in each division, enjoy their peers, matriculate to excellent colleges and universities, and perform well in new environments. I am also an alumnus of Rowland Hall and believe that, in comparison to when I graduated, it is an even stronger institution now.
- Posted by Parent - vonma
I cannot say enough about our experience at Rowland Hall. We have two children who started in the Beginning School, are currently in the Lower School, and we plan for them to graduate from Rowland Hall. We were drawn to the school because of their small class sizes, strong academic curriculum, and beautiful facility. We have stayed at Rowland Hall because of their amazing teaching staff, the school's constant efforts to strengthen the student learning experience, and the wonderful inclusive community. One of the many strengths of the school is their amazing faculty. I'm always amazed by how well they know each child, but also how well they bring out the best in each individual. I feel like the school does a great job in building individuals who are strong critical thinkers, but also individuals who love to learn. My children LOVE going to school at Rowland Hall and as a parent, I feel that this school is the best investment and best fit for our children.
- Posted by Parent - ginag
Six years ago my husband and I had an opportunity to move anywhere in Utah so we underwent an extensive search of all private and public schools within the state. After a comprehensive search, analysis and discussion with parents and faculty, we chose Rowland Hall for our three young children due to its academic rigor, its focus on tailoring the educational experience to each child and the strong community. As we reflect on the decision for our now sixth grader, fifth grader and 2nd grader, we feel even more confident in our decision. Not only are our children appropriately progressing academically, they are evolving into curious, independent-minded young adults with a strong work and moral ethic.
- Posted by Parent - sarah
We've had two children go through Rowland Hall for 14 years. The school excels at supporting students' individual needs, helping them cultivate their passions, and preparing them for college. Both children are in college now and doing incredibly well due to their preparation at Rowland Hall. The primary differentiator is the quality of the teachers and the close relationships students have with the faculty. Also very strong senior leadership and incredible facilities. The only independent school in Utah playing on a national stage.
- Posted by Parent - ts41
My daughter graduated Rowland Hall recently after being there from 3PreK through 12th grade. Rowland Hall is an extraordinary school. It is a caring, inclusive community with dedicated, committed teachers. They value every child, and teach the whole child. Wile rigorous on its academics, it fosters ethical thinking and behavior, and social involvement from a very early age. Students of varying abilities can play sports and be involved in dance, theater, debate and other extracurricular activities. Students who graduate are well prepared for college and for life after high school. No school is perfect for every child, but Rowland Hall is a wonderful school, and its faculty , staff and administration are always striving to improve. A great education is perhaps the most valuable thing a parent can give a child. Rowland Hall is well worth the cost!
- Posted by Parent - irubi
All four of our children attend Rowland Hall, and have since 4-PreK. We love the school, but the reasons why we love it were never more evident than yesterday at parent-teacher conferences. In every meeting, it was crystal clear that the teachers knew our children - academic strengths and weaknesses, athletic and extracurricular dimensions, social issues etc. It was wonderful to hear how the teachers were pushing each child, regardless of where that child fell in the academic spectrum. Our oldest child is in the Rowmark program. He skis 6 days a week, and it is both physically and academically very demanding. We have loved seeing how seamlessly the school is able to integrate the athletic and academic schedules, and provide support for both. From our perspective, Rowmark offers the best combination of rigorous academics with an intense ski program of any ski academy in the country. We would recommend Rowland Hall to anybody, without reservation.
- Posted by Parent - aboco
My 2 two children were lifers at RHM. They have both gone on to have very successful careers. I would recommend RHM without reservation to anyone considering a private school education. Money well spent.
- Posted by Parent - sam
Looking back on the 13years I attended Rowland Hall (K-12) and 6years on Rowmark Ski Academy (6-12), bring a smile to my face. Rowland Hall provided a nurturing, supportive, and academically challenging foundation to my childhood and teenage years. The writing skills I developed in the Advanced Placement English classes prepared me well for composing essays in college and writing in professional settings. My participation on the ski team and extracurricular overnight trips for interim week, freshman orientation, and in middle school each year gave me a taste of independence, developed my sense of adventure, and built my self confidence. Rowland Hall kept me focused and grounded in my teenage years and has proved to be an invaluable building block for my professional success.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - danaf
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 - Susan
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 - sdieh