Performing Arts Boarding School

The Walnut Hill School, in Natick, MA, is a performing arts boarding school and day program. Students from all over the world have a unique opportunity to combine a rigorous college preparatory academic program with pre-professional training in the arts. The school offers a creative and challenging program in a warm, supportive, community atmosphere. It is the only school in the country that is linked with a major conservatory of music.

Youth in grades 9-12 can choose a concentration in ballet, music, theatre, visual art, or writing & publishing. The school is located near Boston, giving students easy access to the Boston Symphony, Boston Ballet, Huntington Theatre, Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Gardner Museum, and many other famous cultural and educational institutions.

This performing arts boarding school boasts such graduates as pop star, Benny Ibarra ’89, actors Matthew Risch ’00 and Van Hansis ’00, as well as singer/songwriter Amie Miriello ’00. These and other prominent artists have had the opportunity, as young men and women, to study under Walnut Hill’s talented teaching faculty, who represent some of the most prominent writers, visual artists, musicians, actors, and dancers in the country.

Boarding students live on Walnut Hill’s picturesque, 30-acre campus in one of eight fully equipped residence halls. Resources available to them include a new academic and technology center, renovated library, 80-seat recital hall, photography lab, dance center with five large studios, performing arts center with black box and full-stage theater, art studios, and more.