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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    C+
12 Highland St
Natick, MA 01760
About Walnut Hill School for the Arts...

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.

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
1270
65 responses
Average ACT
29
24 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

    70 reviews
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    Walnut Hill Provides young people with a chance to hone their craft and live their dream every day of the week. Academics are brilliant and have small focused classes. You don't sacrifice any of your academics for arts here; you get it all.

    On the downside- I attended Walnut Hill for my junior and senior years. Before that I attended one of the most underfunded public schools in the nation. Bringing a bunch of "big-fish-small-pond", talented, young people together... having them live together, attend every class together-- creates a level of immaturity and selfishness I had never experienced. The students here represent the utter lack of compassion and perspective- the literal problem with America. I had to remind myself to separate from the constant drama and focus on why I was there-- the music.

    The music is truly incredible. No other high school works with a real Conservatory (NEC), and no other high school will prepare young musicians better than Walnut Hill.
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    Walnut Hill offers a very strong creative arts program within a warm and nurturing environment. People are friendly and teachers are dedicated to helping students grow within their respective majors. The day is busy between academic classes, studying for those classes, arts classes, and performing. Students who work hard and are committed to their craft do well. Conversely, the school can be depressing. There are no sports, and exercise means walking or working out a few days a week in the fitness center. It's not enough. Drugs, alcohol, and other infractions are handled by a joint student/teacher committee, and become public knowledge within minutes of decisions rendered. Teachers often play favorites, meaning certain students get the best parts and roles. Freshmen never get cast, and are relegated to being on tech crews. WHS can be a great school for dedicated, talented, hard working creative types. But, it can also be depressing.
    Not up to par with academic programs from surrounding schools and the students never have midterms or final exams, making us extremely unprepared for college. The programs with students that have wealthy parents often have the best facilities and opportunities. Poor at managing their money and cannot offer much financial aid. As tuition steadily increases, not much change is happening for us to benefit from.

    The best thing about this school is it teaches the students to be opportunities and grow in their networking abilities. The only teachers who cared about my success were my math teachers, and there needs to be WAY more diversity in faculty. I will say they are making huge strides with student diversity, but economic and political diversity is scarce.