We like to think that all roads lead to Dana Hall, but in the practical world, we know that the specifics of how a student accesses her school’s campus are important factors when considering educational opportunities.
One of the great advantages of attending a boarding/day school as a day student is the fluidity of the start and end of each day. Dana Hall provides breakfast, lunch and dinner in our beautiful Dining Hall. Many day students arrive early for breakfast and/or stay beyond their academic and extracurricular commitments and enjoy the convenience of dinner. Families have the luxury of dropping off and picking up at times that work within the family schedule and have peace of mind knowing the campus resources are available to their daughters. Other options for getting to/from campus include:
Dana Hall offers daily round-trip bus service to/from school for students living in the City of Boston, as well as service for students living west of the City. The bus delivers students directly to Dana Hall's campus by 7:50 a.m. and departs Dana Hall at 5:45 p.m. for return service.
Boston, Beacon Hill: The pick-up and drop-off location is in front of Cheers Restaurant, 84 Beacon Street and departure time is 6:45 a.m.
Boston, Back Bay: The pick-up and drop-off location is at the Back Bay MBTA Station on Dartmouth Street, between Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue and departure time is 7:05 a.m.
Newton Area: The pick-up and drop-off location is Wilde Road at the intersection of Beacon Street and departure time is 7:25 a.m.
These times are approximate and dependent on weather and traffic. This bus service is provided by Local Motion, a Boston-area school bus transportation company. All service is conducted in school buses equipped with seat belts and driven by trained and licensed school bus drivers.
This bus service is an additional fee and all fees are for full school year service. Students receiving financial aid may qualify for assistance.
Dana Hall's campus is easily accessible by public transportation. The school is a 5- minute walk from the Wellesley Square station, a stop on the Framingham/Worcester line of the MBTA commuter rail. This option could be ideal for families traveling from both east and west of Wellesley.
Just because we are located in Wellesley, does not mean all of our day students live in Wellesley. In fact, our day families come from more than 70 different zip codes in and around Boston. Dana Hall families have access to DanaConnect, our online information portal. Among DanaConnect’s many helpful resources are our Directories and our geo-filter and map tools. Families are encouraged to use these tools in DanaConnect to find other Dana families that live nearby. Once families identify others in their neighborhood, they often coordinate carpools with other Dana Hall families.
Set in Wellesley, a suburban college town just 12 miles west of Boston, Dana Hall’s location offers the best of both worlds. Students who must travel by plane appreciate the proximity of Logan International Airport to Dana Hall’s campus. Being so close to the airport saves time, makes traveling less complicated, and allows families to visit more often. Students are happy knowing that when they land in Boston, they are a short car ride or train ride away to their home away from home. Boarding students can access Dana Hall in a variety of ways:
All boarding families coordinate and confirm vacation plans for their daughters before major school vacations (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and Spring Break). Student Affairs will arrange transportation service to Logan Airport or MBTA/South Station for major vacation travel, as requested. Note that because Dana Hall does not provide unaccompanied minor transportation services, families should be aware of the unaccompanied minor policies of the airline and bus/train company before purchasing tickets.
Dana Hall's campus is easily accessible by public transportation. The school is a 10-minute walk from the Wellesley Square station, a stop on the Framingham/Worcester line of the MBTA commuter rail. MBTA passes, which allow students to use Boston public transportation at a reduced rate during school hours, are provided to all students by the Student Affairs Office.
Because Dana Hall is in close proximity to a major city, there are multiple taxi and rideshare services available in the area. However, Dana Hall has policies in place to ensure student safety.
Other Benefits Of Dana Hall's Location
Students are allowed to visit Boston on the weekends if their parent/guardian has granted them permission to do so. We are a 10-minute walk to the commuter rail that goes directly to Boston, so that is typically the easiest way to get to the city. The list of things to do there is endless: visit the MFA or another museum, go ice skating in Boston Common, take a college tour (there are more than 50 in the greater Boston metro area), visit different cultural centers like China-town, or just grab a meal or a treat with your friends (Boston is famous for New England clam chowder!). Student Affairs also coordinates a variety of Weekend Activities, and many of these trips include traveling to Boston and to points all around New England. Dana Hall provides transportation and supervision for all Dana-sponsored weekend activities.
Because Dana’s campus is so close to the center of Wellesley, students often take advantage of the amenities in town including the town library, post office, banks and pharmacies. In addition, Wellesley has a college town charm, offering bookstores, cafes, pizza shops, shopping and Truly’s (our spot for ice cream). Students have the freedom and independence to walk to town when they are free during the week or weekends. They just have to sign out and in each time they go.
"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."