Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Natick, Massachusetts, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Walnut Hill School for the Arts is an international leader in the education of young artists. We combine renowned training in five artistic disciplines—creative writing, dance, music, theater, and visual art—with an innovative and rigorous college-preparatory curriculum. At Walnut Hill, young artists learn how to work hard in order to excel in the arts, in academics, and in life. The School is located right outside the vibrant city of Boston, and students have a wide variety of opportunities to perform and exhibit their work, while being supported by talented faculty members who have studied, performed, and achieved at the highest levels of their fields. Our students have an excellent record of placement in leading colleges, universities, art schools, and conservatories worldwide.

12 Highland Street, Natick, Massachusetts, USA 01760

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Director of Admission: Susanne Carpenter
Admissions Phone:508-650-5020Fax:508-655-3726
Email: admissions@walnuthillarts.org Website: www.walnuthillarts.org

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $65
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: No
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  • Founded: 1893
  • Campus Size: 45 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     159 36 195
Boys     67 19 86
Total     226 55 281

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $50,360
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $38,040
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 42.00%
  • Average Awarded: $17,000

Department Director: Julie Faulstich

Average Class Size: 14

Full Time Teachers: 40

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 85.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • United States History
  • World History
  • electives
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Science and Society
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Precalculus; AB/BC Calculus
Computer Studies:
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Recording
  • Solfege/Ear Training
  • Voice
  • New England Conservatory at Walnut Hill program
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Fiber Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • History of Theater
  • Lighting Design
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Production
  • Public Speaking
  • Sculpture
  • Stagecraft
  • Studio Art
  • Theater Arts
  • Woodworking
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Apparel Design

AP Courses Available:
  • Walnut Hill offers advanced levels in all subjects

Department Director: Melissa Cassel

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 8

Average Students Per Dorm: 20

No. of Girls Dorms: 5

No. of Boys Dorms: 3

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 
television,free netflix, refrigerator, DVD player 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life


  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Pool
  • Center w/bookstore large tv games mailroom

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Community Service
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • International Clubs
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Photography
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • SADD
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Arts Department Director: Julie Faulstich

Athletics Department Director: N/A N/A

  • A Cappella Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Improvisation Group
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • ballet; music theory; music history; solfege
Interscholastic Sports
  • Walnut Hill does not have intermural sports
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • The fitness center offers a variety of classes.

Department Director: Sarah Lovely

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 99.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

The Juilliard School 25 graduates
Rhode Island School of Design 12 graduates
New England Conservatory 55 graduates
New York University 15 graduates
Carnegie Mellon University 8 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Jack McCollough (Class of ) Co-founder and Designer for Proenza Schouler

Joseph Walsh (Class of 2005) Soloist with Houston Ballet; Princess Grace Award recipient

Riley Watts (Class of 2004) Dancer with The Forsythe Company; Princess Grace Award recipient

Chris Riggi (Class of 2004) actor in tv and film

Matt Risch (Class of 2000) Broadway actor

Charlie Neshoba-Hodges (Class of ) Broadway dancer; Twlya Tharp Company

Hae Sun Paik (Class of 1984) International concert pianist

Quotes from Alumni

Walnut Hill is the reason I pulled myself to a certain standard, artistic and otherwise. It's pure, electric energy at all times and a safe place to explore who you are, who you're going to become.

-Walker Vreeland, Class of 1997, Currently a Radio Personality


The training I had at Walnut Hill, I use every day. It taught me how to think, it taught me how to make strong choices. The Theater training I had was universal. It also gave me confidence in myself.

-Zack Young, Class of 2001, Currently an Executive Chef


Walnut Hill has given me a very solid foundation to start a company and make it work because I was disciplined and had a really clear understanding of technique and craft.

-Zoe Scofield, Class of 1997, Currently a Co-Founder of a Performance and Visual Art Company



Summary: Walnut Hill offers summer programs in Theater, Creative Writing, Dance, and Opera.

Summer Dance

June 29, 2013 to August 04, 2013

Summer Dance at Walnut Hill is a ballet-based program for students ages 12-17 who wish to immerse themselves in the study of dance. Daily classes include ballet technique, pointe, modern, jazz, hydroconditioning, partnering, flamenco, and body conditioning. The session culminates in a performance.

Registration Deadline: May 01, 2013
Tuition: $5,100
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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Summer Theater

June 22, 2013 to July 28, 2013

The Summer Theater program at Walnut Hill provides students with a summer stock experience. Students participate in classes in acting, voice, and dance, as well as producing six shows in five weeks in our on-campus theater. All students are cast in three of the six shows: a play and two musicals.

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2013
Tuition: $5,500
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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Summer Writing

June 22, 2013 to July 14, 2013

With workshops in poetry, fiction, and playwriting, Summer Writing at Walnut Hill is designed for high school writers who are passionate about their art. Published writers visit to teach master classes, and writers and faculty take advantage of local renown historical and literary sites.

Registration Deadline: June 15, 2013
Tuition: $3,000
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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