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Dunn School

Private Boarding School – Los Olivos , California

Dunn School is an independent, college preparatory, 6th through 12th grade coeducational boarding and day school. The school is located in Los Olivos, California, 48 kilometers from Santa Barbara. The state of the art facilities on 22 hectares include a performing and fine arts studio, 4 residence halls, and 40 classrooms. They offer 25 sports/activities including American football, soccer, baseball, and basketball.

The world class Learning Strategies Program offers integrated one-on-one support to help students master essential study skills. The mission of the Dunn School community is to educate the whole student to his or her fullest potential in preparation for a life of learning and responsible leadership in society.

Life of Learning
Dunn’s curriculum inspires students toward a life of learning. 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.

The Leadership Program at Dunn prepares students for ethical leadership in a complex society. The program includes a residential values curriculum, an outdoor education program, a community service program, a leadership speaker series, domestic and international travel experiences, and a host of leadership roles available to the student body ranging from Prefect to initiating a new activity or club. The program encourages students to raise their self awareness, foster social responsibility, and develop their moral courage.

Athletics and Physical Readiness
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 School Residences
Dunn School's dorms are modern accommodations in which students have either a single or an English-speaking roommate. Each dorm has a full kitchen, lounge area, and laundry facilities for students to utilize.

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
  • Spanish

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

AP Courses

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Language and Composition
  • English Literature and Composition
  • Environmental Science
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • US Government and Politics
  • US History
  • World History


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • 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

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Partial List of College and University Acceptances

American University, Art Center College of Design, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brooks Institute of Photography, Cal Lutheran University, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Cal State Chico, California College of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Chapman University, Colorado Christian University, Colorado College, Colorado State University, Curry College, Dartmouth College, Dominican University, Duke University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Emory University, Fordham University, Fort Lewis College, Ithaca College, Kalamazoo College, Knox College, Lewis & Clark College, Loyola Marymount University, Lynn University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Mills College, Mount Holyoke College, New York University, Northeastern University, Occidental College, Oregon State University, Oxford College of Emory University, Pace University, Parsons The New School for Design, Pasadena City College, Pepperdine University, Pratt Institute, Reed College, Rutgers University, Saint Louis University, Santa Barbara City College, Santa Clara University, Santa Monica College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Seattle University, Simmons College, Sonoma State University, St. John’s University, Swarthmore College, Trinity University, University of California - Berkeley, University of California - Davis, University of California - Los Angeles, University of California - San Diego, University of California - Santa Barbara, University of California - Santa Cruz, United States Naval Academy, University of Denver, University of Miami, University of San Diego, University of San Francisco, University of Washington, Washington University in St. Louis, Wesleyan University, Westmont College, Willamette University

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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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