Every day at Dana Hall School we see the benefit and impact of a single-sex learning environment. The research and the numbers are powerful; we know that the earlier girls get into a single-sex classroom, the better the outcomes will be.
"I’m part of the first 5th grade at Dana Hall. Some people ask why I chose Dana. I chose it because Dana Hall is special. Dana Hall is different. Last year, at my old school, I never raised my hand. On my report cards, teachers would write that I was dangerously quiet and that I needed to speak up. Here, at Dana I over-participate in almost every subject! I do this because I feel safe. At my old school, I never felt safe. I felt that if I made a mistake, everyone would laugh at me. I know people here won’t laugh at me. That’s why I chose Dana Hall."
Dana Hall added a 5th grade to take advantage of the earlier opportunity to instill good habits and maintain healthy self-esteem. The facts back us up: 5th grade girls are in a different place than 5th grade boys. And at Dana Hall we know how to teach girls. Our small class size and experienced faculty ensure that every girl is known and heard; she won’t be bored and she won’t be distracted.
Our 5th grade curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach to instruction. Picture a Science unit that combines traditional scientific concepts with cross-curricular lessons in English and Art, and opportunities for a field trip to the Museum of Science in Boston. We provide experiential learning, with a focus on foundational academic skills. We are building upon the strengths of the existing Middle School curriculum and utilizing the skills and experiences of our talented Middle and Upper School faculty members.
Clever, creative, capable, curious are some of the words we would use to describe a new Dana Hall 5th grader. She is also a girl who is eager to be challenged in the classroom. And she is ready to be part of a vibrant and supportive Dana Hall community.
Dana Hall’s Middle School has its own building, and the 5th grade has its own first-floor classroom. Newly renovated, the 21st century classroom will be student-centered, media-driven and focused on personalized learning. Expect flexible furniture, multi-media access and Idea Paint, which allows students to write on walls.
Dana Hall added one section of 5th grade (14 students) for the 2016-17 school year.
"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."