Dunn School

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
Po Box 98 2555 W Highway 154
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Tel: (805)688-6471
  • As a college preparatory school with a focus on cultivating scholarship, leadership, teamwork, and compassion amongst its students, Dunn School is committed to developing each individual's academic and personal potential; building self confidence and character; fostering individual and collective excellence; and educating students for success in college and beyond.
  • Dunn offers a broad program of academics, athletics, arts, outdoor education, and community service within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff.
  • The depth and quality of the relationship between students and teachers is central to our process of education.
  • Small class size promotes one-to-one communication and rapport between teacher and student, which best stimulates the desire to learn. Through this one-to-one communication and our advisor program, our dedicated faculty commits to the guidance and support of the personal and academic growth of each individual entrusted to our care.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded1957

Student Body

Total Students231 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
15%
State avg.: 43%
Students by GradeDunn School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers40 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
63%
Average Class Size12 students
Number of AP Courses15 courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US Government, AP US History, AP World History
Average SAT score1320
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$58,000
Tuition NotesMiddle School Day - $22250 Upper School Day - $26600
% on Financial Aid
49%
Average Financial Aid Grant$26,000
Admissions DirectorMr. Mike McKee
Admissions AssociateMandy TaylorGratzer
Endowment Size$7 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Dance, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
ClimbingCross Country,
Cross FitDance,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,
SoftballSurf Team,
SwimmingTennis,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Gay Straight Alliance, Investment Club, Multicultural Club, Student Government

School Notes

  • As a college preparatory school with a focus on cultivating scholarship, leadership, teamwork, and compassion amongst its students, Dunn School is committed to developing each individual's academic and personal potential; building self confidence and character; fostering individual and collective excellence; and educating students for success in college and beyond. Dunn offers a broad program of academics, athletics, arts, outdoor education, and community service within a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. The depth and quality of the relationship between students and teachers is central to our process of education. Small class size promotes one-to-one communication and rapport between teacher and student, which best stimulates the desire to learn. Through this one-to-one communication and our advisor program, our dedicated faculty commits to the guidance and support of the personal and academic growth of each individual entrusted to our care.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  7/24/2015
Sending my son to Dunn School was one of the best decisions I ever made for him. He thrived at the Middle School, not only doing well in his classes, but growing confident as he tried new things like rock climbing, a try-athlon, backpacking, running for office and acting. Now as a freshman at the high school, he is happy to be there every day. He has made wonderful friends, become more of an athlete/outdoorsman than he ever thought he would be and grown so much as a person. I am so happy that we decided to send him to Dunn.
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5  7/24/2015
This was the best place for my son to go to middle and high school -- he found exactly what he was looking for... a fabulous supportive community of teachers and students, collaboration, creativity, and academic challenge. Be aware though, that becoming part of Dunn School is a life choice for your child. Whether they are boarders or are a day student, Dunn requires a great portion of their day, sometimes well into the evening for school activities and even some weekends. Dunn becomes a way of life and is as demanding and rigorous as it needs to be to support its students'' endeavors to be they best that they can be. My son earned a tremendous education and created a life long family among both students and teachers. I am forever grateful to the staff for the love and support and encouragement they gave my son. He is a better man as a result of their kindness and care.
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5  7/24/2015
The Dunn School has an outstanding Learning Strategies Program that sets it apart from other college prep schools. Our student entered Dunn after having a rough time in middle school. He has ADHD and, at that time, he was not able to get control of his ADHD and succeed in school. At Dunn he met with his Learning Strategies adviser every day and learned about himself as well as strategies for getting his work done and getting good grades. The same adviser worked with him all three years and nurtured his growth as a person and a student. In addition, Dunn also has excellent teachers and coaches that encouraged his participation in the many activities of the school. He played sports and developed leadership skills that have helped him gain confidence and relate well to his peers. Now that he is in college, I can fully appreciate the way that Dunn prepared him for this important step in his life.
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