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Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Summer Life

Summers are a special time at Walnut Hill as young artists from across the state and around the world come together to immerse themselves in their chosen art area. Learn more about what life is like on campus by exploring the information on this page.

Summer Life

Living on Campus

Students live in our beautiful and historic dorms over the summer. Each dorm building is staffed with a team of trained and CPR-certified Resident Assistants who provide a safe, structured environment, along with ensuring that our students are engaging socially and having fun! Each dorm has a Common Room equipped with a television and DVD player, as well as complimentary laundry facilities. Students live in single, double, or triple rooms with other students from the same program, matched with roommates by age.

The Director of Summer Student Life is available by phone or email every day from 9:00am to 5:00pm; outside of those hours, an administrator is always on call and available in emergencies.

Attending as a Day Student

Day programs are a great option for our local families. Students have access to our superb facilities and artistic faculty, with opportunities throughout the day to make social connections with other young artists and have fun. Day students eat lunch on campus in our Dining Hall.

Gathering Places on Campus

The Campus Center is a place where students can go during downtime for quiet, informal recreation, including reading, playing games, or watching movies. There is an adjoining Bookstore that sells snacks and apparel.

Other gathering places for students to spend time together outside of the daily schedule of their program including the orchard or field, the Gazebo, Bishop patio, and the adirondack chairs on Eliot Porch.

Recreation

We are lucky to have a campus that is so close to the dynamic city of Boston and we look forward to sharing part of this culture with our students over the summer. Students from each boarding program will participate in off campus field trips on the weekends. In the past, these have included Boston Duck Tours, visits to Faneuil Hall and Harvard Square, and a day trip to Rockport on the North Shore.

Additionally, Resident Assistant’s plan and organize campuswide weekend activities, which include a 4th of July celebration, a themed Dance Party and a fun and informal talent showcase known as Coffee House.

Dining on Campus

It is important for artists to take exceptional care of both the body and the mind, and healthy eating makes a major impact when it comes to this effort. The Walnut Hill Dining Hall serves meals three times a day (twice on Sunday with late breakfast/brunch). In addition to offering a variety of locally sourced options when possible, the menu always includes a salad bar as well as options for vegetarians and those with dietary needs or food allergies. In addition, students are able to purchase snacks from the School Store.

Health and Wellness

Our Health Center is staffed by caring registered nurses who have years of experience working with young artists. We have an on-call physician and our campus is located only a few minutes from an Urgent Care facility and a hospital for emergency care. For dance and movement related injuries we have an on campus physical therapist and will send our students to the Sports Medicine Division at Boston Children’s Hospital when necessary.

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