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How To Apply

2021-22 Applicants

Our online application for entry in the 2021-22 school year is now available in Ravenna. If you haven't already, complete your account set-up and student profile in Ravenna, and then start your application to Dana Hall School. 
Once you start your Dana Hall application in Ravenna, you will have access to a detailed list of steps and requirements. You will also be able to submit and request materials, register for virtual events, track your application status and view your decision.
You can also review the basic steps below or download our Application Checklist to get a sense of Dana Hall's application process and requirements.

Here's How it Works

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  • Create Account and Start Application in Ravenna

    Ravenna is our web-based application system. Once you set up your account, you will have access to a detailed list of steps and requirements, and you will be able to submit materials, register for events, track your application status, and view decisions. 

    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.


    1. Go to Ravenna and select "Create an Account," or if you already set up an account during the inquiry process, login using your unique credentials and skip to step 5. 
    2. Enter a parent/guardian name, parent/guardian email address, and password.
    3. Ravenna will send a verification email to your account. 
    4. Click the link in your email to complete your Ravenna profile. 
    5. Click the green "Apply" button and follow the prompts to begin the application process to Dana Hall. Once you have created your account and started your application to Dana Hall, you will see a detailed list of application steps and requirements, and can begin submitting application materials.
  • Submit/Request Application Materials

    All application forms should be completed and 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)


  • 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.

    We will begin scheduling interviews beginning in mid-September. At this point in time, all interviews will happen virtually over Zoom or Skype. Please contact the Admission Office (781-489-1331 or to schedule your interview between October 1 - February 1. Before calling to schedule your interview, make sure you have started your application in Ravenna Hub.
    Admission decisions are made only after all application materials are received and an interview is completed. Applicants who interview by February 1 and submit their application by January 15 will receive decision notification on March 10. Late applicants will be considered on a rolling admission basis, depending on space availability.
  • Register for Testing

    Middle School applicants (grades 5-8) must register to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT).
    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 Dana Hall does not accept the SLEP test or TOEFL Junior test. 
    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.
    While standardized testing remains a requirement of the Dana Hall application process, we will remain adaptive and flexible, understanding that the pandemic may create challenges for students to register and take standardized tests. Please reach out to us (781-489-1331 or if you have any questions or need assistance. 


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  • January 15

    Application Materials Deadline
  • January 15

    Financial Aid Application deadline for submitting the PFS form and 2019 tax returns to SSS
  • January 29

    Interview deadline
  • March 10

    Decision notification date
  • April 9

    Enrollment deadline for accepted families
  • After April 9

    Late applicants will be considered on a rolling basis, depending on space availability

Admission Contact Information

Phone: 781-489-1331

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  • Saliba Courtyard

    Favorite Place
  • Senior-Sophomore

    Favorite Tradition
  • South Africa Trip

    Favorite Memory

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  • Vietta

    "Dana offers many great opportunities including a trip to South Africa every other year. I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be visiting South Africa, let alone with some of my closest friends. The trip enabled us to interact with real South Africans as they experienced their real lives, an opportunity I could never have had as a tourist."