Dunn School

  • FIND YOUR FIT at Dunn School-a residential and day middle and high school with 250 girls and boys, located in Santa Barbara County in California.
  • Dunn School prides itself on a balanced, whole-student approach to education that grows out of our five core values of Emotional Wellness, Physical Readiness, Academic Excellence, Social Responsibility, and Moral Courage.Dunn`s 55-acre campus is nestled between the mountains and beaches of California`s Central Coast. While only 35 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport and train station, our rural campus provides a peaceful, safe ad distraction-free setting for our whole-student philosophy.
  • Most of our faculty call this campus home and create a caring community of support for students, with individual attention paid to each young person both in and out of class.
  • And with a student body balanced between boys and girls, as well as American and international students, our community is remarkably diverse.
  • When this distinctive community is combined with a focus on leadership development, experiential education, and hands-on learning, students say that they "Find Their Fit" at Dunn School.

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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)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedMild to Moderate Learning Differences
Year Founded1957
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$8,500
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students256 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
45%
State avg.: 44%
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 Size10 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of 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
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$61,000
Tuition NotesMiddle School Day - $23,500 Upper School Day - $28,000
% on Financial Aid
49%
Average Financial Aid Grant$26,000
Acceptance Rate
30%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorMr. Mike McKee
Admissions AssociateMandy TaylorGratzer
Endowment Size$7 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Cross Fit, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Tennis, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
ClimbingCross Country,
Cross FitCycling,
DanceEquestrian,
FencingLacrosse,
Mountain BikingRock Climbing,
SoccerSoftball,
Surf TeamTennis,
Volleyball

Extracurriculars

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

School Notes

  • FIND YOUR FIT at Dunn School-a residential and day middle and high school with 250 girls and boys, located in Santa Barbara County in California. Dunn School prides itself on a balanced, whole-student approach to education that grows out of our five core values of Emotional Wellness, Physical Readiness, Academic Excellence, Social Responsibility, and Moral Courage.Dunn`s 55-acre campus is nestled between the mountains and beaches of California`s Central Coast. While only 35 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport and train station, our rural campus provides a peaceful, safe ad distraction-free setting for our whole-student philosophy. Most of our faculty call this campus home and create a caring community of support for students, with individual attention paid to each young person both in and out of class. And with a student body balanced between boys and girls, as well as American and international students, our community is remarkably diverse. When this distinctive community is combined with a focus on leadership development, experiential education, and hands-on learning, students say that they "Find Their Fit" at Dunn School.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
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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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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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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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