Girls learning, leading, succeeding

The Upper School

The Dana Hall Upper School offers intellectual challenge and personal growth to a diverse community of girls from dozens of towns around New England and every corner of the U.S.and the world. 
The curriculum supports the School’s mission by placing emphasis on 21st-century skills that will best prepare students to be global citizens. Through direct instruction and via activities both in and out of the classroom, faculty members emphasize analysis/problem solving, collaborative work, creativity and innovation, leadership, public speaking, reading critically, research, study skills, technology and writing.  

Beyond rigorous core requirements, students can choose from a remarkably wide range of electives, from astronomy to Middle Eastern studies to Mandarin Chinese, from art history to architecture to advanced acting. Advanced Placement and Honors level courses are available in the Math, Science, English, World Languages, Social Studies, Computer Science and Visual Arts departments. With small classes and intense focus on vital skills, students leave Dana Hall well-prepared for the demands of college life.

Upper School News

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  • Graduates sing the Alma Mater at the close of Commencement

    Congratulations to the Class of 2021

    The newest Dana Hall graduates celebrated Commencement both in person and virtually on May 29.
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  • Honoring Academic Achievement

    On May 10, fifteen students from the classes of 2021 and 2022 were inducted into the Cum Laude Society during a virtual assembly.
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  • Dr. Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn

    Resisting Stereotypes

    In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, the Dana Hall community welcomed Dr. Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn.
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  • Two of the cards created for hospital-bound kids at Boston Children’s Hospital.

    Service Season

    The Dana Hall community has recently come together to support a number of fundraisers and community service activities.
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  • S. Shi ’23 and J. Du ’23

    Run Your Own Race

    Upper School Learning Specialist—and avid runner—Jillian DeBusk helped advisee S. Shi ’23 train for her first half marathon, which she did with classmate and Varsity Cross Country teammate J. Du ’23.
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  • Dance

    Favorite Activity
  • Poetry project

    Favorite Assignment
  • Spanish III Honors

    Favorite Class

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  • Francesca

    "In my Literature Composition I class we did a poetry unit before winter break. Our poetry project was in collaboration with a school in Turkey. We created our own websites to display our works of poetry. The last day of school before winter break we were able to Skype with the kids from the school in Turkey, and it was so much fun to interact with students who were so far away. We were able to learn what their school was like, and how their classes worked."