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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