About Us

Dana Hall is Looking for Girls Who Dig Deeper

Founded in 1881, Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., is an independent boarding (grades 9-12) and day school (grades 5-12) for girls. Placing emphasis upon sound academic education and the preparation of each individual for college and for life, the School balances exposure to new ideas and the challenge of analytic 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.

2016-17 Students

  • 484 students: 356 Upper School, grades 9-12/128 Middle School, grades 5-8
  • 125 Boarding (9-12), 231 Day (9-12)
  • Students represent 11 states and 13 countries
  • 26% are women of color
  • 15% are international students
  • 23% of students receive financial aid
  • 100% enroll in four-year colleges
  • Mean SAT scores (Class of 2015): Critical Reading 631, Math 663, Writing 656


  • 58 full-time members of the teaching faculty
  • 10 full-time administrators
  • 23 professional staff members
  • 34 members of the faculty and staff reside on campus
  • Six house directors and six house assistants augment the staff
  • 72 members of faculty/staff have degrees beyond the Bachelor's level


  • 9 Academic departments
  • 141 Upper School courses; 80 Middle School courses
  • 17 AP courses; 12 honors-level courses
  • Average class size in Upper School: 12
  • Average class size in Middle School: 15
  • Student to faculty ratio: 6:1
  • 12 interscholastic sports
  • 30 clubs and student groups 

Dana Hall is a member of the National Coalition of Girls' Schools, The Association of Boarding Schools the National Association of Independent Schools, the Association of Independent Schools in New England and The Association of Boarding Schools.