Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Founded in 1893, Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent, coeducational, boarding and day secondary school for the arts, for grades 912 (ages 1318).
In conjunction with intensive arts training in dance, music, theater, visual art, and writing, film, and media art, the School offers a comprehensive and rigorous academic curriculum in all college-preparatory subjects, and is recognized as the premier school for the arts in the United States.
Walnut Hill is the only school with a joint program with a major, world-class conservatory: New England Conservatory.
The mission of Walnut Hill School for the Arts is to educate talented, accomplished and intellectually engaged young artists from all over the world.
The School does so in a diverse, humane and ethical community.
Walnut Hill graduates matriculate to the world's top conservatories, art schools, universities, and colleges and are performing on Broadway, television, and movies, and work with symphonies and dance companies around the world.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1893
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students287 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
35%
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Walnut Hill School for the Arts Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers49 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
84%
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAccelerated Chemistry, Advanced Calculus, Advanced English, Biology 2, French 6, Physics 2, Spanish 6
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$64,460
Tuition NotesDay Student tuition 2019–20: $48,680
% on Financial Aid
38%
Acceptance Rate
47%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorSusanne Carpenter
Endowment Size$16 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBallet, DanceBalletDance,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
Dance, Film & Media Arts Major, Music, Theater major, Visual Art Major, Writing

School Notes

  • Founded in 1893, Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent, coeducational, boarding and day secondary school for the arts, for grades 912 (ages 1318). In conjunction with intensive arts training in dance, music, theater, visual art, and writing, film, and media art, the School offers a comprehensive and rigorous academic curriculum in all college-preparatory subjects, and is recognized as the premier school for the arts in the United States. Walnut Hill is the only school with a joint program with a major, world-class conservatory: New England Conservatory. The mission of Walnut Hill School for the Arts is to educate talented, accomplished and intellectually engaged young artists from all over the world. The School does so in a diverse, humane and ethical community. Walnut Hill graduates matriculate to the world's top conservatories, art schools, universities, and colleges and are performing on Broadway, television, and movies, and work with symphonies and dance companies around the world.
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