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Dana Hall School

School rating 4 / 5 by

45 Dana Road Wellesley MA 02482 United States
9th to 12th
6th to 12th
Girls only


Dana Hall School review by .

I transferred to Dana Hall from a public school for 11th and 12th grade. Prior to Dana Hall, I had learned very little about writing and grammar. My teachers at Dana taught me how to write, and use correct grammar and I would be lost in college without them. I had to catch up a lot and I didn't do well in the beginning because I was behind my peers but the hard work paid off. There were courses offered in all subject areas and there is a course offered in all main subject areas that will challenge even the brightest of students. There are several AP's- the courses offered more than meets the requirements needed for the top colleges in the world.

College Counseling

AMAZING college counseling. Dana Hall provides courses set into your schedule junior and senior year....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Dana Hall requires applicants to take the SSAT, interview is strongly recommended, and an application....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

I was a boarding student at Dana Hall- it's about 50% boarding. I loved the proximity to Boston. It was a 40 minute train ride right into safe, beautiful and fun Boston. On weekends many girls travel into Boston for dinner, concerts or shopping! Wellesley also is a great town with cute shops, good ice cream, bike paths etc... I really miss being in Wellesley. I loved my dorm family and my roommate we are still best friends! ...

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