Academics

Dana Hall Thinks You'll Learn More When You Love How You Learn

Dana Hall offers a broad, sophisticated range of courses, coupled with an intense focus on academic skills like research and writing. Through this dynamic combination, students develop the intellectual courage, personal strength and passionate interests to construct their own questions, for college and for life.

Beyond the expected core of English, math, science, social science and foreign language, students deepen their education with requirements in the visual and performing arts; computer science; and fitness and athletics. Ninety-eight percent of students in the Upper School take four years of math, and nearly as many pursue four years of science, taking advantage of Dana's state-of-the-art science building.

Broad horizons

Dana Hall offers a wide range of languages, including Latin, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, all taught using a state-of-the-art language lab. To fulfill the Dana requirement in "non-Western" social studies, you can choose from classes focused on the history and culture of Africa, East Asia, Latin America, Russia or the Middle East. In a typical year, Dana offers 17 Advanced Placement courses. Even more exciting is the School's unique array of electives, including political science, public speaking, architecture and web design. Each of these courses reflects the passionate expertise of Dana teachers, teaching what they love best.

Words to live by

Dana faculty members are especially enthusiastic about the School's success in teaching writing - a skill emphasized in courses throughout the curriculum, and through an extensive writing portfolio students build through their junior year. Dana's Writing Lab also offers one-on-one writing advice. And Dana alumnae are adamant: no other skill they gained at Dana has served them better than the ability to speak and write with confidence, clarity and flair.

Quick Facts

  • 58 full-time members of the teaching faculty
  • 73 members of the the faculty and staff have degrees beyond the Bachelor's level
  • 17 AP and 12 honors-level courses offered
  • In 2016, 130 students took a total of 260 Advanced Placement exams.
  • In 2016, 73 seniors took at least one AP exam (78% of the class), and 52 juniors took at least one AP exam (57% of the class).
  • In 2016, 54 students received AP Scholars, Scholars with Honors, or Scholars with Distinction awards (AP Scholar Awards recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams).
  • 141 Upper School courses; 80 Middle School courses
  • 12 students = average class size in Upper School
  • 15 students = average class size in Middle School
  • 6:1 = student to faculty ratio