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How To Apply

2020-21 Applicants

If you are interested in rolling admission for entry in the 2020-21 school year, please contact the Admission Office (781-489-1331 or to inquire about available spaces for your entry grade before starting your application in Ravenna. 

2021-22 Applicants

We are currently updating our application process and forms in order to ensure that you have the best experience possible when you apply in the fall. Dana Hall's 2021-22 application will launch in August, and we will notify families on our mailing list to let them know when the application is available. You can review the steps below or download our Application Checklist to get a sense of Dana Hall's application process and requirements before we launch in August.

Here's How it Works

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  • Inquire

    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.


    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.
  • 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)


  • 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. For applicants who do not live in the area and are unable to visit campus, Skype or phone interviews may be arranged. Admission decisions are made only after all application materials are received and an interview is completed. 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.

    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

    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.


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  • January 15

    Application Materials Deadline
  • January 15

    Financial Aid Application deadline for submitting the PFS form and 2017 and 2018 tax returns to SSS
  • February 1

    Interview deadline
  • March 10

    Decision notification date
  • April 10

    Enrollment deadline for accepted families
  • After April 10

    Late applicants will be considered for 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."