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.
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 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.
There is generally something I experience in each of my days working at Dana Hall that makes me remember something fondly from my own time as a boarding student in Sedona, Arizona.
This year, new students from six states and ten countries will board planes, trains, and minivans to travel to their new home on the Dana Hall School campus. I can’t help but reflect on my first day as a new boarding student over 25 years ago.
People often ask me why I choose to live on campus at Dana Hall School. Certainly, the four-minute walk to my office and the fact that I rarely have to cook dinner are significant perks, but the biggest perk of all cannot be measured in the length of my commute or number of meals I enjoy at the Dining Hall.
What are you doing at 9:30 on a Thursday evening? Eating dinner? Streaming Netflix? Climbing into bed for the night? If you happen to be a boarder living in Grey Lodge dorm at Dana Hall School, you will be wedging yourself into a seat on one of the snug living room sofas, as we all settle into our weekly dorm snack and meeting.