How to Apply

The process of applying to a new school can seem overwhelming, but we are here to help. The Admission Team will do its best to guide you through the application process and make it as seamless as possible.  Simply follow the steps below. If you are a 5th grade applicant or an International applicant, be sure to review special instructions on the right. 

Applying to Dana Hall is not just about submitting forms and fulfilling requirements – although that’s a part of it, of course. Dana Hall aims to provide each prospective student and her family with a deep understanding of Dana Hall and our distinctive culture and mission. Likewise, getting to know each applicant and learn about her unique character and talents is just as important to us.

Here's How it Works:


Dana Hall School uses Ravenna to collect inquiries and manage our application process. After completing the Online Inquiry Form, you will be added to the Admission Office mailing list and we will be in touch with more information about Dana Hall, upcoming Admission events, and application process reminders.

When you are ready to apply through Ravenna, please note that the system will recognize the email you provide under the Personal Information section of the inquiry form. This should be a parent email and one that you will have access to throughout the application process.

Create an Online Account

Ravenna is our web-based application system. Through this program, you will be able to apply and track the status of your application online.

If you did not create your account during the inquiry process, make sure to create your account using a parent email address that you will have access to throughout the admission season, as this will be your primary email contact with our School.

Create an account:

1. Visit Ravenna and select "Create an Account."
2. Enter a parent/guardian name, parent email address, and password.
3. Ravenna will send you a verification email to your account. Click on the verification link in the email from Ravenna.
4. Follow the link in your email to complete your Ravenna profile. Please confirm that your pre-populated information is correct and/or make any changes or additions necessary and our database will be automatically updated.
5. Go to the School Directory in Ravenna, find Dana Hall in the Boston Area schools, and click Apply to begin the application process. You will then be able to view a detailed outline of the application steps and requirements, and begin submitting application materials.

Help Getting Started with Ravenna


Apply Online

All application materials should be completed and/or submitted online through Ravenna by the January 15 deadline. Once you set up your account, our online application will then walk you through the steps for submitting all of the required forms and for requesting required recommendations and transcripts.

A complete application consists of the following:

To be completed by the applicant and her family:

  • Preliminary Application for Admission
  • Application Fee ($50 for domestic applicants;  $100 for international applicants)
  • Parent Questionnaire
  • Student Questionnaire

To be requested by the applicant and her family:  

  • Classroom Teacher Recommendation from Current Teacher (grade 5 applicants only)
  • English Recommendation From Current Teacher (grade 6-12 applicants)
  • Math Recommendation From Current Teacher (grade 6-12 applicants)
  • School Report
  • Transcript For Previous and Current Year
  • Personal and Special Interest Recommendations (optional)

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Schedule an Interview

Every applicant is required to interview with a member of the Admission staff, and applicants must complete the interview process prior to February 1. Admission decisions are made only after all application materials are received and an interview is completed.  Our interview schedule for next year is still to be determined. Please call 781-489-1331 later this summer to schedule your visit. For more info about what to expect for the interview: Visit Dana.

Before attending your interview, make sure you login to your Ravenna-Hub account; find Dana Hall in the School Directory, and either click on Explore or Apply to indicate your interest in Dana Hall.

Register for Testing

All Middle School applicants (grades 5-8) must sign up to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and all Upper School applicants (grades 9-12) must register to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).

Students for whom English is not their first language are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) in addition to the SSAT. Please note that the SLEP cannot substitute the requirement of the TOEFL.

Register for these tests online by visiting the following sites: 

Please designate Dana Hall School as a recipient of the official score by using the following testing codes: SSAT-2728, ISEE-222275, TOEFL-7507.

2017-18 Online Application

The application for entry in the 2017-18 school year is now available in Ravenna.

Admission Contact Information

Phone: 781-489-1331