Get To Know Rowland Hall

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Fast Facts

  • Rowland Hall is an independent, coeducational day school offering a college-preparatory program to 983 students in preschool through high school.
  • In 1867, Daniel Sylvester Tuttle—bishop of the Episcopal Church’s Utah and Idaho Territories—established St. Mark’s Grammar School in Salt Lake City. In 1880, the mother-in-law of a priest associated with the Episcopal Diocese donated funds to establish a girls boarding school named after her husband, Benjamin Rowland. St. Mark’s School closed in 1896 in support of the public school system of the newly designated state of Utah, but it reopened as a boys school in 1964, and shortly thereafter it merged with Rowland Hall. Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s is still the school’s official name, although today we’re colloquially known as Rowland Hall.
  • We've been an independent school since 1948.
  • Rowland Hall occupies two urban campuses in Salt Lake City.
  • Our student-teacher ratio is 10:1 and our average class size is 15 students.
  • Four divisions make up our school:
  • Rowland Hall is the only Utah school with an internationally recognized ski academy. Rowmark Ski Academy student-athletes consistently win at the local, regional, and national level, and Rowmark has an impressive number of alumni who have competed for the U.S. Ski Team. We are the only school in Utah to offer professional ski training and competition at the junior level.
  • Rowland Hall is a nonprofit organization governed by a Board of Trustees made up of parents, alumni, and community leaders concerned about the quality of education each child receives at Rowland Hall.
  • All parents are members of the school’s parent-teacher association, known as Home and School, which provides a vital volunteer and communication link between the school and its parent body.
  • Our school offers over $2.61 million in financial aid and scholarships each year, representing 11% of our annual budget. Approximately 20% of our students receive financial aid.
  • Among our students, 31% are people of color. We have a robust inclusion and equity program and believe diversity enhances our community.

Curriculum and Scholarship

  • Our curriculum offers a broad knowledge base in math, science, world languages, English, and history. It is enriched by electives in choral and instrumental music, theater, dance, visual media, debate, physical fitness, and competitive sports.
  • Experiential, hands-on, and inventive courses and electives include extended field studies, class trips, robotics, and maker spaces.
  • Rowland Hall’s Upper School offers over 20 advanced or honors courses. View the digital course catalog for current offerings.
  • In 2018, 172 students took 391 AP exams. Of those students, 81% scored 3 or higher, 58% scored 4 or higher, and 30% scored 5.
  • The middle 50% SAT test-score range for the class of 2018 was 600-670 on the evidence-based reading and writing section and 570-690 on the math section.
  • The middle 50% ACT test-score range for the class of 2018 was 25-32 (composite).
  • Technology at Rowland Hall is intentionally integrated into our classrooms and curriculum to enhance teaching and learning. Tech offers platforms for research, communication, and expression to complement traditional methods; it makes education more engaging and immersive. We also view technology as a means of reaching all learners at a level, pace, and method best suited to each student’s needs.

State and National Profile

  • Rowland Hall was selected in the spring of 2011 by the Malone Family Foundation as the only school in Utah, and one of only 50 schools nationally, to receive $2 million for the funding of educational opportunities for students who show enthusiasm and motivation for academic excellence and whose family demonstrates financial need. Read more in Fine Print.
  • Rowland Hall has the best policy debate team in Utah and one of the top teams in the country. We're the only Utah school to be designated by the National Speech and Debate Association as a Debate School of Excellence and have won the State title four years in a row. Rowland Hall has qualified 18 debaters to Nationals over the past five years and consistently has students continue competitive debate in college. Our leadership helps: coach Mike Shackelford is an expert in debate education and has won several awards from state and national organizations for his service.
  • Our literary magazine, Tesserae, consistently wins national awards for high school literary magazines.
  • Rowland Hall’s commitment to meaningful community engagement is second to none. Rowland Hall students dedicate thousands of hours of their time to nonprofit organizations every year. Our students’ service is often honored by the Crossroads Urban Center, the Salvation Army, the Utah Food Bank, the Volunteers of America, the Rotary Club, and the Salt Lake Exchange Club.


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