Dana Hall School

45 Dana Rd, PO Box 9010, Wellesley, MA 02482

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Founded in 1881 as a preparatory school for Wellesley College, Dana Hall today sends its graduates to a variety of colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. The diversity of the students at Dana Hall is reflected in the variety of their college choices. The following schools are a small representation of colleges chosen by Dana Hall graduates in the class of 2012: Connecticut College, University of Richmond, Johns Hopkins University, Wellesley College, Scripps College, Tulane University, Bowdoin College, Brown University, Hamilton College, and Trinity College.

In addition to maintaining its traditional focus on academic preparation for college, Dana Hall provides young women with opportunities to develop intellectual curiosity, self-knowledge, and a sense of social responsibility in a community that is enriched by the diversity among its students and faculty. Dana Hall embraces differences–whether it is race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status–because the School believes that learning to respect and interact with people whom are different from you is vital to becoming a responsible citizen of the world.

Situated on 55 acres in the college town of Wellesley, only 12 miles west of Boston, Dana Hall’s location offers the cultural advantages of the city as well as the safety and charm of a suburban campus. As a school for girls with an outstanding academic reputation, family-like community, and unbeatable location, Dana Hall is unique. An all-girls environment allows students to focus, to form opinions, to speak up and to take intellectual and personal risks. At Dana, we encourage young women to achieve, to collaborate, and to lead. Dana Hall’s community of teachers, mentors, friends, and coaches empowers girls to pursue their passions with gusto, yet also inspires girls to explore new ideas and endeavors with self-belief.

At Dana, students learn to be resourceful and come to understand that asking for help is a strength. The Writing Center, Math Lab, Science Lab, Language Lab, Conference Period, and other academic resources on campus such as our advisory system provide support for students outside of the classroom. Classes are not about having all the answers–they are about learning what questions to ask, and fostering the burning curiosity to keep on asking them. Students experience a broad, sophisticated range of courses that focus on building strong academic skills in research, writing, and critical thinking. Dana Hall graduates arrive to college equipped with the ability to read, write and think confidently and effectively and with a joy for learning.

The activities and vibrant energy of the School extend beyond the academic day with sports, fitness electives, club meetings, rehearsals, riding lessons, music lessons, evening recitals, dances, movies, lectures, concerts, and student performances. Through traditions, clubs, athletics, boarding life, community service, and campus events students build enduring friendships. At Dana, your friends will become your family, and so will your teachers. Experiencing a Dana education leaves an indelible impression on students, and Dana Hall’s graduates leave an indelible mark on the community.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding — Girls Grades 9-12; Day — Girls 6-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsGirls
Full Address45 Dana Rd, PO Box 9010, Wellesley, MA 02482
Year Established1881
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$54,980; estimated extras $500-1500
Day Tuition$41,250; estimated extras $500-1500
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded97
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$3,395,219

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarTrimester
Supplemental InstructionTutoring
Advanced Placement CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, English, English Literature, European History, French, Latin, Physics C, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, US History
Summer SessionAges 7-14. Recreational. Sports. Tuition Day $1095/2-weeks ses. 6 weeks. Grades 9. Leadership. Tuition Boarding $975. 1 weeks
Accredited ByCLS, NEASC
Interscholastic Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School90
Most Common Graduate DestinationsSyracuse 4, Tufts 3, Northeastern U 3, Wellesley 2, Columbia 2, Bowdoin 2
Average Math SAT639
Average Critical Reading SAT613
Average Writing SAT633
Mid-50 Percentile Math SAT570-690
Mid-50 Percentile Critical Reading SAT540-660
Mid-50 Percentile Writing SAT570-690
Average ACT28


Applications DueJanuary
Application Fee$50
New Students116
Percentage of Applicants Accepted47
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)45
Tests Used for AdmissionCEEB, ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL


AdministratorCaroline Kent Erisman
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2008
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Wellesley College, JD, New York Univ, MA, Columbia Univ
Director(s) of AdmissionsWendy Sibert Secor, Director of Admission

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment475
Boarding Students141
Day Students334
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)119
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)356
Student Body EthnicityWhite 81%, Latino 3%, African-American 7%, Asian 4%, Other 5%
Percentage of International Students19
Average Class Size13
Student-Faculty Ratio9:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty64
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)76
Male Teaching Faculty21
Female Teaching Faculty43
Faculty EthnicityWhite 86%, Latino 4%, African-American 7%, Asian 3%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage55
Buildings on Campus34
Facilities Value$61,225,000
Endowment Value$29,000,000
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