To have a former student with so many opportunities at her fingertips, then choose to return and continue that tradition with another generation of students is a beautiful moment.
What happens after Dana Hall is a big part of what happens at Dana Hall.
The quest to help ensure you end up at the right college is a major part of the Dana Hall journey. Our college counseling program is carefully structured to give students plenty of opportunities to dream, brainstorm, and discuss their options before they begin visiting and applying.
Big school or small? City or town? Close to home or a different corner of the world? A college that feels like Dana Hall, or one that’s vastly different? Through a combination of regular group meetings and one-on-one sessions, we’ll help focus your search until you arrive at a list that resonates with your interests and feels both ambitious and within reach. Along the way, you’ll study college in context—for example, how notions of equity and privilege impact the college admissions process.
Like so much at Dana Hall, college counseling is a team effort.
We factor input from students’ families into our process. We connect students with Dana Hall alums at schools that interest them. Most importantly, we give students the freedom to explore what college means to them academically, socially, and emotionally—and a process that leads them toward a school that welcomes, inspires, and challenges them.
I have undergone many changes and paradigm shifts as a teacher, and my answer to that question "When am I ever going to have to use this?" has evolved with them.
Dana Hall’s Senior Project program has evolved over time, and this year, we had to make modifications given current guidelines around health and safety during the pandemic. The overarching goals have remained consistent, though: we want students to experience and reflect upon the excitement of a new and personal discovery related to an area in academics, business, medicine, science, technology, the arts, and/or community service.
In a year when we could not host our community on campus, we have worked together to create a way to be together. Each person I spoke with passed along another name, an article, a social media post of a fellow alum. We used technology to plug us into the homes of our students, alumnae, parents and past parents around the world.