Girls learning, leading, succeeding
Dana girls are curious, collaborative, respectful and enthusiastic. They are leaders: leaders of clubs, activities, sport teams and more. They are also aware of the many types of leadership, understanding that a supporting role is just as important as taking the lead. They know that Dana Hall is a place where they can be themselves and are encouraged to be who they want to be. See what they have to say about about their school.
My Dana Profiles

Alexis '13

Favorite Dana Class

African Studies

I took both Ecological Biology and AP Biology at Dana Hall, and because of my experiences in both courses I fell in love with Biology. As a result, I am currently a Biology major in college. However, I would have to say that the African Studies course at Dana Hall taught by Heather Panahi inspired me the most. Mrs. Panahi is a teacher who is passionate about the subject she teaches, and because of that, not only did all the students learn the information well, but we had fun while learning. So even though I love science, I was able to enjoy history as well.

Favorite Dana Tradition

Senior Sophomore

As a person who enjoys crafts and art projects, I really enjoyed the Senior Sophomore tradition. In particular, I really loved being a "Senior" to a "Sophomore." During the tradition, not only was I able to let my creativity run wild by designing my sophomore’s locker and sewing her costume the way I wanted, but I was also able to befriend a sophomore in the process. Just the other day I ran into my sophomore and her mother. She is now a rising senior, and I gave her tips about writing her college essay. As a recent graduate, it’s always nice to know that even after I have left Dana there still remains a network, similar to that of a sisterhood, which I can always harken back to.

Favorite Activity


My favorite sport is fencing. From my sophomore year to my senior year I was a part of the fencing team at Dana Hall. I was encouraged by my advisor to join. It was the first time I was a part of a team, and I loved it. I'm glad that my advisor pushed me to join.

Proudest Accomplishment

Earning the The Most Improved Writer Award

As a student who came to Dana Hall in the 9th grade from an inner-city public school in Cleveland, Ohio, there was a noticeable learning gap my first year. I especially struggled in the subjects of English and writing. After acknowledging that I needed work on my writing, I reached out to my teachers. I worked with them during conference periods and after school every week, and slowly my writing began to improve. My improvement in the subject of writing was recognized my sophomore year when I was awarded “The Most Improved Writer” award, and that award was only given to one student in the entire school. I was so happy to receive that award because I knew that, with the support from my teachers, I had earned it. After four years of working on my writing skills, I was selected to take AP English Literature senior year.

Dana Influence

The Teachers

While I feel that the friends I made at Dana Hall played a huge role in my thriving there, I know that the support I received from my teachers played an even bigger role in my success while at Dana. The teachers at Dana Hall are passionate, caring and supportive. They go beyond what is expected of them in order to ensure that their students are learning and understanding the topics they are taught. With support from my teachers I was able to face extremely challenging academic tasks without any fear, and I was able to have fun while doing so.


Wellesley College

List of 3 items.

  • Senior Sophomore

    Favorite Dana Tradition
  • Wellesly College

  • Fencing

    Proudest Accomplishment

List of 1 items.

  • Testimonial

    “With support from my teachers I was able to face extremely challenging academic tasks without any fear, and I was able to have fun while doing so."
    - ALEXIS '13