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I think back to that younger version of myself and at 37 to come in as a Head of School, I had my work cut out for me because I had never been a Head of School before. And so I went in with a lot of enthusiasm and hope for the future, and it’s hard to believe that over a decade has gone by already.
Betsy Paine McClendon ’65, outgoing President of the Walnut Hill Board of Trustees, has been a critical part of the School’s transformation since joining the Board over 25 years ago. During her tenure, Walnut Hill School for the Arts has grown into one of the preeminent independent arts high schools in the world.
I came to Walnut Hill by way of the Summer Theater Program. A few weeks before my junior year was supposed to start, my parents allowed me to make the switch from the prep school I was attending to board at Walnut Hill. I can’t say enough about this decision. Not only did it alter the course of my life, but it also was a lifesaver at the time. Suddenly, all that teen angst had a productive focus!
Heidi, who spent a year at Walnut Hill as part of the Class of 2019, plays Haley Gulick in the new movie Candyman.
Nick is currently playing Aaron Burr in the Los Angeles production of Hamilton.
This past spring, 10 students at Ringling College of Art + Deisgn, including our own Kippy Sage, had the opportunity to work with the Smithsonian American Art Museum to create comics for the Drawn to Art: Ten Tales of Inspiring Women Artists series. Kippy illustrated a comic about Maria Oakey Dewing titled "A Garden-Thirsty Soul." We caught up with Kippy to chat about this exciting project, in addition to her college experience and her artistic life.
Dr. Lovingood was recently presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who. She has served as a musicology lecturer at Bryn Mawr College since 2007.
Several alumni are participating in the Bard Music Festival's celebration of composer and conducter Nadia Boulanger: Samantha Hankey '11, Anna Williams '04, Tony Rymer '07, and Kee-Hyun Kim '01.
Rachel appears in Ryan Murphy's new Netflix series, Halston.
New England Conservatory Preparatory School and the LA Phil’s YOLA National Institute recently announced a new partnership to take place throughout NEC’s Summer Orchestra Institute, a two-week orchestral program for youth musicians ages 13-18 at Walnut Hill School for the Arts.
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Walnut Hill School for the Arts reaffirms its long-standing nondiscriminatory policy and is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive community that welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs. Walnut Hill does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, family structure, pregnancy, parental status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, economic background, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state and federal law. This policy applies to all areas of the Organization including admission policies, scholarship programs, educational policies, hiring, benefits, compensation, training, discipline, promotion, and termination.
All students commit to a full-time, college-preparatory curriculum in addition to studies in their elected arts concentration.
95% of our senior class matriculates to a four-year degree program directly after graduation.
Among our alumni working in the arts, we are pleased to count television and Broadway actors, multiple Princess Grace Award winners, published novelists, Grammy Award–winning musicians, fashion designers, and other notables.
Our students benefit from the more individualized attention afforded by a 6:1 student-faculty ratio.
Our student population represents 31 of the United States and 17 countries.
Located just 17 miles— a 30-minute car or train ride—from downtown Boston, Walnut Hill offers access to the rich educational, cultural, and recreational offerings of a world-class city.