We're all girls, all the time.
Dana Hall students have the freedom to experiment, express opinions, explore and take on new challenges. They are supported by strong role models and inspired by their peers. They find confidence and strength, and they acquire and build the skills they need to succeed throughout their lives.
We’ve seen the research: there’s an increasingly persuasive case that co-ed schools are not educating girls as well as boys.
And we know there are basic, biological differences in male and female brains. That doesn’t mean that girls and boys have differences in their potential to achieve. But there are differences in how the sexes access that potential. Curriculum is important; how that curriculum is taught is critical. And teaching girls is what Dana Hall does best.
For our Upper School students, who have the opportunity to live on our beautiful Wellesley campus, that specialized care and understanding extends well beyond the traditional high school experience.
We're a boarding school, which means we're open 24/7.
At Dana Hall, a dorm is not just a place to sleep -- it's a home away from home, a personal space in a larger community, and the springboard for life skills and confidence that Dana students gain as they develop independence. And it's all on one campus, which means less time getting to and from school and activities, and more time to focus on school work and be with friends.
Most young people have to wait until college to see the world, but not Dana girls. Guided and supported by dormitory faculty, students learn to value respect for others, integrity, multicultural sensitivity and personal responsibility.
Faculty are dedicated and passionate, and they stick around because they love the community. They are more accessible, so students have more opportunity to find impactful mentors and build meaningful relationships (which we know is powerful for girls' self esteem and development). Our students realize their teachers have lives, and our teachers know their students as individuals, since they see them in the "off hours."
At a girls' boarding school like Dana Hall, every day presents opportunities for girls to learn, lead and succeed.
Dana Hall School was born out of the vision and generosity of Henry F. Durant, who founded Wellesley College and soon discovered that many of his students needed further preparation before entering college. To address this need, Charles P. Dana, a Wellesley businessman, gave Durant a building to use for housing students in a new preparatory school; this served as the first site for Dana Hall School.
Julia and Sarah Eastman, hired from Wellesley College by Henry Durant to run this new school, began classes at Dana Hall School on September 8, 1881. That first year, 18 students paid board and tuition of $325. If they completed the course of study, they were guaranteed admission to Wellesley without further examination.
Durant and the Eastmans avoided unnecessary rules, stressed individual development and offered a full program of liberal arts education for young women
The Eastman sisters retired in 1899. The school was then bought by Helen Temple Cooke, whose energy and brilliant mind were dominant forces in the school until her death in 1955. During Miss Cooke’s tenure, Tenacre, Dana Junior, Dana Hall, and Pine Manor Junior College were added to form the Dana Hall Schools.
Pine Manor became independent of Dana Hall in 1962, as did Tenacre in 1971. When Pine Manor relocated to Chestnut Hill, Dana Hall moved down Grove Street to the adjoining Pine Manor campus, adding new dormitories, a new dining center and a new gymnasium. The lower grades (seventh and eighth) formed the current Dana Hall Middle School, and the grade nine became a part of the Upper School. The sixth grade was added to the Middle School in 1984, and the fifth grade was added in 2016-17.
Dana Hall School’s commitment to excellence in education has been reinforced by a succession of exceptional women leaders. Alnah J. Johnston, (1938-1962), Edith B. Phelps (1963-1973), Dr. Patricia A. Wertheimer (1973-1981), and Dr. Barbara S. Powell (1981-1983). Dorothy O. Farmer served as acting head in 1962-1963, as did Ann E. Bekebrede for the academic year 1983-1984. Elaine W. Betts became the eighth headmistress of Dana Hall School in 1984. In 1993, Blair H. Jenkins became the ninth head of school, sharing leadership with Elaine Betts until her retirement in 1995. Jenkins retired at the end of 2008. Caroline K. Erisman served as the Head of School from 2008 until the summer of 2016. Katherine Bradley succeeded Erisman in July 2016.
Dana Hall School is committed to fostering excellence in academics, the arts, and athletics within a vibrant, caring community. With emphasis on integrity, leadership, diversity, and service as well as on respect for self and others, Dana Hall provides its students with a unique opportunity to prepare themselves for the challenges and choices they will face as women and citizens of the world.
At Dana Hall, a dorm is not just a place to sleep -- it's a home away from home, a personal space in a larger community, and the springboard for life skills and confidence that Dana students gain as they develop independence.
First-year boarding students are assigned roommates based on common interests and living habits. In any given double, there might be girls from Tokyo, New York, Cairo, Miami or Darien, Connecticut living together. Most young people have to wait until college to see the world, but not Dana girls. Guided and supported by dormitory faculty, students learn to value respect for others, integrity, multicultural sensitivity and personal responsibility.
Campus is not only home to boarding students, but also to approximately 50 faculty members and their families. They attend student performances, cheer at athletic events and proctor evening study halls. To strengthen the community, all on-campus faculty members have a dorm affiliation, which brings together students and teachers for cookouts, outings and late night snacks. One night a week, all members of the on-campus community eat together in the Dining Center for a Community Dinner.
There are six dorms on the Dana Hall campus, with approximately 14-32 students in each dorm for a total of 145 beds:
A cluster of four dorms (Johnston A, B, C and D) are located in the center of campus overlooking the pond. The 9th graders 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."
A small house dorm features a large, comfortable living area and spacious kitchen. Grey Lodge is home to junior and senior students.
The larger house dorm that also includes a spacious shared living area and communal kitchen. Wheeler, like Grey Lodge, houses juniors and seniors.
Each dorm has a house director, house assistant, and student proctor.
15 states are represented by Dana Hall students: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Caroline, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas
14 countries are represented by Dana Hall students: Canada, China, Egypt, Haiti, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, Vietnam
The Middle School
Awareness. Exploration. Inquiry and Investigation. Connection. Analysis. Reflection. Application. These themes form the framework for the skills and content taught in the Dana Hall Middle School.
It’s a place that stimulates intellectual curiosity and a love of learning. In varied academic settings, girls in grades 5-8 are encouraged to master skills and form habits that prepare them for life-long education.
Dana Hall’s Middle School teachers and administrators realize the unique needs of early-adolescent girls and are sensitive to their overall development. In addition to building a strong foundation in academic skills and knowledge, Dana Hall’s Middle School program encourages students to explore and develop talents in the performing and visual arts, athletics and leadership. Self-esteem and self-confidence are valued, as are individual and group accomplishments.
Additionally, community service, integrity and high standards of conduct are important elements of Dana’s Middle School community.
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.
Each student has an individual advisor who helps her to evaluate her growth and progress in all aspects of school life and to plan her academic program at Dana.
Each grade level has two Class Deans. One focuses on the students’ academic needs at that grade level and the other focuses on the class’ Student Affairs needs. The Class Deans work collaboratively to know each student in the class, as well as to understand the dynamics of the grade level as a whole. Together, they facilitate regular class meetings, mentor class officers, serve as an additional support system for each student and facilitate class traditions and retreats.
The Class Dean for Academics monitors student progress in the grade by communicating with faculty and individual advisors, as well as being aware of each student’s academic growth, including an understanding of Progress Reports and grades/comments for each student in the class. She communicates academic concerns to the Director of the Upper School.
The Class Dean for Student Affairs serves as the point-person for class retreats and traditions, acts as a liaison to the class parent representatives, organizes class elections and monitors the social dynamics of the grade. She communicates any social/emotional concerns to the Dean of Students. Together, the Class Deans oversee the progress and provide support for the entire class.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVISOR
The International Student Advisor assists all international students with cultural and personal adjustments that go along with living in the United States. The advisor works closely with the International Student Association (ISA) leaders to run ISA events, such as International Week and the International Assembly. The International Student Advisor also partners with representatives from Admissions, Student Affairs, and Development to coordinate the Host Family Program, International Student Orientation, academic tutoring, and immigration procedures.
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