The school was founded in 1893 by Florence Bigelow and Charlotte Conant. It started as a college preparatory boarding school for girls.
The arts program at the school was so strong that, eventually, the arts became its main focus. Students at this school will major in dance, music, theatre, visual arts, or creative writing.
The students also receive a rigorous education with a college level curriculum in preparation for their later years.
Walnut Hill still remains a boarding school, but now it also offers day classes for its students as well. This boarding school is best suited for students who are dedicated, disciplined, and hard working in the performing arts and in their studies.