Girls learning, leading, succeeding

About Us

Founded in 1881, Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., is an independent boarding and day school for girls in grades 5-12 (boarding begins grade 9). Placing emphasis upon sound academic education and the preparation of each individual for college and for life, the School balances exposure to new ideas and the challenge of analytic and creative thinking with concentration on the development of self-esteem, leadership, and respect for others. As a school for girls, Dana Hall provides female students with a particularly advantageous environment for both education and self-development.

2017-18 Students

  • 482 students: 351 Upper School, grades 9-12/131 Middle School, grades 5-8
  • 132 Boarding (9-12), 219 Day (9-12)
  • Students represent 13 states and 15 countries
  • 27% are women of color
  • 15% are international students
  • 24% of students receive financial aid
  • 100% enroll in four-year colleges
  • Mean SAT scores (Class of 2017): EBRW (evidence-based reading and writing) 650 , Math 660


  • 58 full-time members of the teaching faculty
  • 10 full-time administrators
  • 24 professional staff members
  • 34 members of the faculty and staff reside on campus
  • 6 house directors and 6 house assistants augment the staff
  • 73 members of faculty/staff have degrees beyond the Bachelor’s level


  • 9 Academic departments
  • 141 Upper School courses; 80 Middle School courses
  • 17 AP courses; 12 honors-level courses
  • Average class size in Upper School: 12
  • Average class size in Middle School: 15
  • Student to faculty ratio: 6:1
  • 12 interscholastic sports
  • 30 clubs and student groups

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  • Harbor Cruise

    Favorite Tradition
  • Model United Nations

    Favorite Activity
  • Othello Newscast

    Favorite Class

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  • Brooke B Quote

    "The Model United Nations club at Dana has been my all time favorite, because it mixes politics, problem solving and teamwork together into one activity. Since joining the team, I have learned so much about how international issues are resolved, and I enjoy working with other students from all over the nation in addition to bonding with my fellow teammates."
    -Brooke '19