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Boarding

Full immersion: Living and learning as a Dana Hall boarding student
 

A central goal of the Dana Hall curriculum is to enhance our students’ understanding of the world and its diverse cultures and customs. Our boarding experience is emblematic of that mission.

As the only girls’ boarding school in the Boston area, you’ll have the opportunity to live with students who hail from places as close by as Vermont and as far away as Vietnam, forging lifelong friendships and global perspectives through a shared living experience.

First-year boarding students are assigned roommates based on common interests and living habits, creating a home away from home in our comfortable dormitory spaces. Our skilled residential life faculty, who live on campus year-round, will guide and support you throughout your journey—whether that’s cheering you on at your soccer game or sharing words of encouragement as they proctor your evening study hall before a big test.
 
Through this immersive living and learning experience, you’ll gain independence, vital life skills, and greater awareness of different cultures, perspectives, and points of view. We can’t wait to have you join us on campus.

What is it like to board at an all-girls school like Dana Hall?

Our boarding students are from here, there, and everywhere

11

states

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9 countries/regions

More than just a place to sleep

There are six dorms on the Dana Hall campus, with between 14 and 32 students in each dorm (each space has a house director, house assistant and student proctors). No matter where you live on campus, you’ll find more than a bed and a desk—this will be the space where you’ll cultivate lifelong friendships within a closely knit community, find inspiration in your courses and projects, and experience academic and social growth alongside your roommates and peers. 

The Johnstons

A cluster of four dorms is located in the center of campus, each with common rooms and communal kitchens. Ninth graders may live in two of the Johnstons, along with a group of older girls who have chosen to live with new students as their "big sisters."

Wheeler

A larger house that also includes a spacious shared living area and communal kitchen, Wheeler—like Grey Lodge—also houses juniors and seniors.

Grey Lodge

A small house that features a large, comfortable living area and spacious kitchen, Grey Lodge is home to junior and senior students. (Under renovation in 2021-2022.)

Spotlight on: The Dining Hall

The Dining Hall's food is healthy and delicious.

The Dining Hall staff creates delicious meals that our entire community enjoys. Both boarding and day students can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Dana Hall. Thursday is many students’ favorite day of the week, because classes start later on Thursdays and the Dining Hall has make-your-own-waffles for breakfast. Community Dinners take place once a month, and each dorm takes turns working with the Dining Hall to create a festive themed-dinner. Meals often incorporates different flavors and cuisines of our domestic and international students’ home states and countries. 

The Dining Hall is all-inclusive, which means you don’t need to bring in lunch money. The Dining Hall staff is very sensitive to students with allergies; they label everything, provide gluten-free options, and will work with individual students who have dietary restrictions.

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