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.