Girls learning, leading, succeeding

The Upper School

The Dana Hall Upper School offers intellectual challenge and personal growth to a diverse community of girls from dozens of towns around New England and every corner of the U.S.and the world. 
The curriculum supports the School’s mission by placing emphasis on 21st-century skills that will best prepare students to be global citizens. Through direct instruction and via activities both in and out of the classroom, faculty members emphasize analysis/problem solving, collaborative work, creativity and innovation, leadership, public speaking, reading critically, research, study skills, technology and writing.  

Beyond rigorous core requirements, students can choose from a remarkably wide range of electives, from astronomy to Middle Eastern studies to Mandarin Chinese, from art history to architecture to advanced acting. Advanced Placement and Honors level courses are available in the Math, Science, English, World Languages, Social Studies, Computer Science and Visual Arts departments. With small classes and intense focus on vital skills, students leave Dana Hall well-prepared for the demands of college life.

Upper School News

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  • Photo credit: Annica Ahlstrom

    Summer Session

    Jacqui Bloomberg, Upper School Latin teacher, taught at an immersion retreat for beginning Latin speakers.
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  • Photo courtesy of Dr. David Gleason

    At What Cost?

    David L. Gleason, Psy.D., will share his research on adolescent development and mental health to students, faculty and parents in November.
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  • Celebrating Free Speech

    The Helen Temple Cooke Library staff is celebrating Banned Books Week by holding pop-up story times of banned and challenged books.
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  • Photos by Heather Panahi

    Wishes for Peace

    Student representatives from Model UN, SHADES, Kesher, Salaam, Fusion, Bridge and ISA celebrated the International Day of Peace with a special event.
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  • Lawn Signs Share Important Message

    Despite their unassuming appearance, the lawn signs that welcomed students back to campus represent a critical Dana Hall principle.
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  • Area Studies Symposium

    Favorite Assignment
  • Blue Key Club

    Favorite Activity
  • Middle Eastern Studies

    Favorite Class

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  • Caroline

    "Middle Eastern Studies has been my favorite Dana Hall class because both the teacher and the discussions always kept me engaged and excited to learn more."
    -Caroline '18