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 purposefully designed for student artists in grades 9–12, and a postgraduate year.

The safety of our students is our top priority. We made significant and important updates regarding our current policies for the welcoming students back to campus in person – as a boarding school and residential community, the health and safety of everyone is our highest priority. We have taken many steps to mitigate the spread of the virus and we are fully in person this year, including weekly COVID-19 testing on campus, requiring vaccinations (and offering the opportunity to be vaccinated in Massachusetts if vaccination is not possible in a student’s home country), cleaning and air filtration protocols, among others. We are offering music students the opportunity to perform safely in front of audiences throughout the year.

The Walnut Hill Music Department is the only high school program linking a major conservatory, New England Conservatory (NEC), with an independent school. This partnership engages our students in a comprehensive music curriculum delivered both at NEC and at Walnut Hill. Students can major in an orchestral instrument, piano, voice, composition, or jazz.

We offer unparalleled training in dance; music; theater; visual art; and writing, film & media arts, complemented by a robust and innovative academic curriculum. Every aspect of our program promotes our students’ growth as bold artists, curious learners, and mindful citizens. Students from across the country and around the globe come together to form a dynamic community on our scenic campus located just west of Boston in Natick, Massachusetts.

Walnut Hill offers:

–Innovative performance projects,
–Master classes by dynamic guest artists,
–Contemporary topics like entrepreneurship and civic engagement,
–Proximity to Boston and world-class concert halls and performances,
–A community of like-minded artists

Our program, offered within an inspiring creative community, prepares graduates to thrive in a conservatory, university, or college setting.

“Walnut Hill is a magical place for me. It is the most supportive community I know; it is a place that makes you believe that anything is possible. There are no judgments; there is only creativity, and more creativity. Knowing that ‘one can do no wrong’ is so empowering for a young artist, and for that I will forever be grateful to Walnut Hill.”

— Gloria Chien ’95, Steinway Artist since 2009

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