Girls learning, leading, succeeding

Information for New Families

We are excited to share our community with you. Please review the information on this page, which will provide helpful details about our programs and life at Dana Hall.  We look forward to seeing you soon!
Next Steps

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  • Enrollment Process

    Enrollment contracts for newly admitted students are available in DanaConnect, the School's online platform for parent and student information and resources. When you are ready to enroll your daughter at Dana Hall, please follow the below instructions. Please note that the enrollment process should be completed by parents/guardians.

    To complete the enrollment process at Dana Hall:

    Step 1: 
    Create your DanaConnect password. Your username is the parent/guardian email address that the School has on file for you in Ravenna. Also, please note that the enrollment process can only be completed with a parent user account. Enter the parent/guardian email address, check “Password”, and select “Send.” You will then receive an email with detailed instructions for creating your DanaConnect password.

    If you already have a DanaConnect account as a Dana alumna, parent, or faculty member, use your existing DanaConnect credentials to log in.

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    When accessing DanaConnect from Dana Hall's main website, click on "Need Login Assistance" if creating your password for the first time or if you are a returning user and don't know/remember your password.
    Step 2: 
    Log in to DanaConnect.
    Step 3: 
    In the Resources section of DanaConnect, select "Student Billing/Financial Statements (My BackPack)."
    Step 4: 
    In Student Billing, select "Enrollment/Re-enrollment" to access your contract. Once you gain access to the enrollment contract, complete the form, sign it electronically, and press the green submit button.
    Step 5: 
    Once you have submitted your contract, you will be directed to the payment page where you can choose to pay via e-check or wire transfer. You may also send a paper check. Please note your enrollment is not considered complete until the contract and non-refundable deposit are both received.

    Once Dana Hall receives the signed enrollment contract and non-refundable deposit, we will send you a confirmation email.

  • Upper School Spring/Summer Timeline

    Academic Office Contact Information

    Jessica Keimowitz, Director of the Upper School
    Cindy Welch, Assistant Director of the Upper School
    Freya Maltz, Upper School Administrative Assistant
    Barb Gill, Database Administrator/Registrar
    Kristin Ryan, Dean of Students
    Kathy Hamel, Associate Dean of Students
    Donna Corrigan, Dean of Residential Life
    Pia Manna, Director of Health Services
    Alanna ShumanNurse Practitioner

    Post-Enrollment

    Parents will receive a Welcome Email from Upper School Director, Jessica Keimowitz. Following that message, students and their parents will receive an email with details about Academic Program Day.

    April

    She Sails
    Newly enrolled families are invited to attend She Sails. She Sails creates connections among all Dana Hall women and provides a forum to learn from each other, share our stories, and encourage one another to be bold and dream big.  

    She Sails 2019 will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
     
    This event is free for members of the Dana community, but registration is required.

    May

    Academic Program Day
    Academic Program Day is on Saturday, May 4, starting at 1 p.m. Students will take placement tests and meet with someone from the Academic Office to begin planning courses for the fall. Students will also receive information about summer reading and a hard copy of our summer reading booklet. Students who enroll after May 4 or who are unable to attend Academic Program Day will be mailed placement materials, including placement tests, and information about summer reading.

    Student Placement Questionnaire
    Students should complete our placement questionnaire as soon as possible, but by May 1 at the latest, whether or not they are planning to attend Academic Program Day. This information is essential to our planning for May 4 and preparation for your attendance at Dana Hall next year.
     
    I-20 Forms for International Students
    In early May, Dana Hall will begin processing I-20 Forms for international students applying for an F-1 Student Visa. Parents should submit the Declaration of Finances Form with an official signed bank statement and copy of student’s passport information page to Amanda Miles in the Admission Office. Once I-20 Forms have been processed, Dana Hall will mail via DHL the I-20 Form along with placement materials and information about required summer reading.
     
     
    Boarding Essentials
    In early May, Dean of Students Kristin Ryan will send information to help boarding students prepare for their arrival in the fall. 

    June

    Parent Ambassadors
    Parent Ambassadors will begin reaching out to parents/guardians and will continue outreach to new families throughout the summer.
     
    Health Center Forms
    In late June, parents will receive an email from the Health Center with information about their student’s Magnus Health account and submitting health forms.

    Summer Reading
    The list of required and recommended summer reading books will be available on the library website as of June 1. Review the summer reading list early to make sure you obtain copies of your required reading and choice reading. Please note: Dana Hall will mail international students copies of their required summer reading books along with the summer reading booklet used to make additional required selections. During the first two weeks in your English classes, students will be asked to discuss and to write about the books they read during the summer. First trimester grades will include work connected with summer reading.

    July

    Student/Parent Directory in DanaConnect
    Families will gain access to the Student/Parent Directory in DanaConnect. This is a great tool for searching other families living in your area and organizing carpools.

    Technology Department
    Students will receive an email from the Technology Department with information on their DanaConnect account and instructions for setting up their Dana email account.
     
    Student Affairs Summer Forms
    In early-July, families will receive an email from the Dean of Students Kristin Ryan about Student Affairs summer forms becoming available in DanaConnect. These flyers and forms contain essential information about activities, programs and permissions that will help you - and us - prepare for Opening Days. Families will also receive instructions for reviewing our Student/Parent Handbook and submitting all Student Affairs summer forms via DanaConnect by August 5.

    Book Ordering
    Book ordering details will be sent in late July from the Academic Office. All textbooks and course materials can be purchased online at MBS  (or other vendors) AFTER receiving this email.

    August

    Forms Due
    All Health Center and Student Affairs forms are due on August 5. Students and parents will use DanaConnect to submit Student Affairs Forms and to access Magnus to submit Health Center Forms.

     
    Back-to-School Email about Opening Days
    Families will receive a Back to School email from the Director of Upper School Jessica Keimowitz with information about Opening Days.

    September

    Back to School!
    New Boarding Students arrive on Sunday, September 1, and New Day students register on Monday, September 2. Please note that our registration/orientation programs begin on Labor Day weekend.
     
    On September 2, all new students will get their class schedules, advisor assignments, locker information, and technology guidance.
     
  • Middle School Spring/Summer Timeline

    Middle School Contact Information

    Lauren Goldberg, Director of the Middle School
    Courtney Callahan, Middle School Coordinator
    Pia Manna, Director of Health Services
    Alanna Shuman, Nurse Practitioner

    Post-Enrollment

    Parents will receive a Welcome Email from Middle School Director Lauren Goldberg.

    April

    Newly enrolled families are invited to attend She Sails.  She Sails creates connections among all Dana Hall women and provides a forum to learn from each other, share our stories, and encourage one another to be bold and dream big.   She Sails 2019 will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    This event is free for members of the Dana community, but registration is required.

    May

    Academic Program Day
    Academic Program Day for newly enrolled 7th and 8th grade students is on Saturday, May 4 starting at 1 p.m. All students will take a math placement test, learn about language options and placement, and find out more about after school activities. They also receive a summer reading booklet and more information about summer work. Students who enroll after May 4 or who are unable to attend Academic Program Day will be contacted by the Middle School to make alternate arrangements.

    Pizza and Bingo Social
    Newly enrolled Middle School students and families, along with current students and their parents, are invited to a Pizza and Bingo Social. The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. on the afternoon of Academic Program Day. There will also be a presentation for parents, beginning at 2:30, on the history of Dana Hall. This event is for families in grades 5-8.  

    June

    Parent Ambassadors
    Parent Ambassadors will begin reaching out to new parents/guardians and will continue outreach to new families throughout the summer.
     
    Health Center
    In late June, parents will receive an email from the Health Center with information about their student’s Magnus Health account and submitting health forms.

    Summer Reading/Math
    The list of required and recommended summer reading books and summer writing/math assignments will be available on the library website as of June 1. Summer reading booklets and information about summer work will be mailed to new 5th and 6th grade students in early June.

    July

    Student/Parent Directory in DanaConnect
    Families will gain access to the Student/Parent Directory in DanaConnect. This is a great tool for searching other families living in your area and organizing carpools.

    Middle School students will receive information about their DanaConnect accounts and instructions for setting up their Dana email accounts and iPads during Opening Days.

    Summer Forms
    Families will receive an email from the Middle School about summer forms becoming available in DanaConnect. These flyers and forms contain essential information about activities, programs and permissions that will help you - and us - prepare for Opening Days. Families will also receive instructions for submitting summer forms via DanaConnect by August 5.

    Textbooks
    All textbooks and course materials can be purchased online at MBS direct AFTER receiving an email.

    August

    Forms Due
    All Health Center and Middle School forms are due on August 5. Families will use DanaConnect to submit Middle School forms and to access Magnus to submit Health Center Forms.

    Back-to-School Email about Opening Days
    New Families will receive a Back to School email from Director of Middle School Lauren Goldberg with information about Opening Days.

    September

    Back to School!
    New Middle School students register and attend orientation activities in the afternoon of Monday, September 2. Please note that our registration/orientation programs begin on Labor Day.
     

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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."
    -Vietta '19