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Dunn School

Private Boarding School – Los Olivos , California

Dunn School is a world-class US college preparatory boarding school offering integrated one-on-one education for international students in grades 8 through 12. Dunn offers a variety of sports and leisure activities designed to build well-rounded, confident individuals. The Dunn School’s collaborative, hands-on and open-minded culture ensures that every student’s potential is fully realized.

All students participate in a broad program of challenging academics, athletics, arts, outdoor experiences, leadership, and community service. Because class sizes are small, students engage actively in discussion, debate and group work. Dunn’s intimate size facilitates student-teacher dialogue outside the boundaries of the classroom. AP and Honors sections are offered to qualified students. Dunn offers diverse electives in addition to a rigorous core academic foundation.

Located in California’s pristine central coast only 48 kilometers from Santa Barbara, Dunn School’s picturesque 55-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities including a performing and fine arts studio, four residence halls, and 40 classrooms.

Sports and Arts
The athletic program in the upper school has both serious athletes and beginners; offering 25 sports/ activities including football, soccer, baseball, and basketball. Within the expansive arts program and under the direction of expert faculty members, students over the past few years have won local, regional, and national competitions in photography, painting, sculpture, and music.

All students participate on at least one interscholastic team during the course of the year. Students may choose to participate in other alternative activities for one of the three athletic seasons. Drama, rock climbing and mountain biking, community service, yoga, dance, and horseback riding are among additional possibilities. Athletic teams emphasize development of skills, teamwork and sportsmanship

Dormitories and Student Life
Dunn School’s dorms have modern accommodations in which students live either in a single or with an English-speaking roommate. Each dorm has a full kitchen, lounge area, and laundry facilities for student use.

Located in 45 minutes northwest of Santa Barbara.

Area population: 1,132
Town website: City of Los Olivos

Estimated Start Date: Early September
Estimated End Date: Late June

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55 Acres

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Foreign Languages

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

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  • Applied Music Fundamentals (Instrumental and Vocal)
  • Applied Guitar/Guitar
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Film Making
  • Ensemble
  • Photography
  • Studio Art

AP Courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Language and Culture
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Extracurricular Activities & Clubs

  • Amnesty International
  • Book Club
  • Chess
  • Cooking
  • Cross Fitness
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Earth
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Film Appreciation
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Horseback Riding
  • Improv
  • Interact
  • Investment
  • Knitting
  • Medical Care
  • Multi Cultural
  • Rock Climbing and Mountain Biking
  • Technology
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Young Life

School Location

Partial List of College and University Acceptances

Boston University, Boston College, University of California – San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of Puget Sound, Purdue University, Wesleyan University, Chapman University, Carnegie Mellon University, Knox College, Ithaca College, Dartmouth College, Emory University, Duke University, New York University, University of Michigan, Mills College, Lewis & Clark College, U niversity of California – Santa Cruz, Pepperdine University, University of California – Berkeley, University of California – Davis, University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), Swarthmore College, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Miami, University of Toronto (Canada), Pace University, Santa Clara University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, California Polytech – San Luis Obispo

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SAT Breakdown:

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Verbal 532
Writing 545
Total: 1660

Closest International and Local Airports: Los Angeles International (LAX), Santa Barbara Airport (SBA)

For Details Visit Website: Dunn School

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