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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B-
Address
12 Highland St
Natick, MA 01760
Telephone
(508) 650-5020

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$48,680
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$64,460
Received Financial Aid
34%
Average Financial Aid
$17,900
From Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–12, with a postgraduate year also available. We offer unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust, college-preparatory academic curriculum. Students from across the country and around the globe come together to form a dynamic community on our scenic campus located in Natick, Massachusetts, just west of Boston. Walnut Hill also offers immersive summer arts programs in dance, youth dance, and theater. The perfect blend of serious study and summer fun, Walnut Hill’s programs offer intensive training within a supportive, creative environment.

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1280
59 responses
Average ACT
29
23 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 28 responses
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  • Candlelight
    21%
  • Mountain Day
    18%
  • Leadership Retreat
    14%
  • Ring Day
    14%
  • Boar's Head
    11%
  • Visual Art Show
    11%
  • Black on white
    7%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    90%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    Canada, China, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Province of China
    International Boarding Students
    30%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    284
    88%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
    0%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    80%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
    Poll
    90%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    86%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
    71%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses

    Walnut Hill School for the Arts Reviews

    63 reviews
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    My child is a current student at Walnut Hill and it has far exceeded our expectations. We were initially skeptical when she wanted to attend a school focused on the arts. She is challenged academically in ways she was not in her public school which was our biggest concern. As parents, we appreciate that she is exposed to new and different ways of thinking. She loves that she is surrounded by students who truly love school.
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    Walnut Hill has been a great experience. I am a four year senior in the music department and have been lucky enough to work with great, motivational faculty and wonderful, inspiring students. I have loved getting to know people from different countries and live on such a diverse campus. The connections I have made will be lifelong. Walnut Hill sets you up perfectly for college; especially in the arts but also in the academics, in giving you a worldly perspective, providing a change for independence whilst keeping structure and safety, and in incredible college counseling support. I love Walnut Hill.
    The student body is a truly special group of people, talented and socially conscious and gearing up for artistic futures that will make an impact. However, there are several arts departments that could stand updating in terms of diversity and performance/show opportunities, which are both important to making artists of the future that are also often overlooked. Teens will have both a rewarding and draining experience.