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Dunn School

Established: 1957

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Fall Year

School Description

Dunn School is a college preparatory boarding school under an hour from the beautiful beaches of Santa Barbara. More than ten AP courses and a comprehensive STEM program are available to students, as well as a strong arts program and year round athletics.

The 55-acre campus features state-of-the-art facilities such as a performing and fine arts center, an outdoor heated swimming pool, and on-campus residence halls as well as unique, recently renovated 3D printing and research and development labs.

Dunn School’s extensive athletics program offers students over a dozen options including year-round dance, equestrian, fencing, fitness, and golf for both girls and boys. State regulations in California can cause some restrictions for international students playing Varsity-level sports at their school. Please contact us for details.
Students can choose from art courses and activities such as acting, ensemble, and improv. They also offer six styles of dance including hip-hop, ballet, and Scottish country.

Dunn School alumni Abu Danladi was chosen as the Major League Soccer #1 overall draft pick in 2017. Other alumnus include Oscar-winning animator Aidan Terry and 2008 UN Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ted Alemayhu.

Students live in traditional on-campus residence halls either in a single or with an English- speaking roommate. Each dormitory includes a full kitchen, a lounge area, and laundry facilities.


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Famous Alumni

Aidan Terry, Oscar Winner; Ru Kuwahata, Oscar nominee; Mike Boone, Innovator/Inventor/Entrepeneur ;William Matthews, Modern Western Artist; Ted Alemayhu, US Doctors for Africa and US Congressional candidate, 2008 UN E.R. Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

  • 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 55 acres Campus Size
  • 25% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
Average Class Size
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
French Immersion
Speciality Programs
Biology Calculus AB Calculus BC Chemistry Chinese Language and Culture English Language and Composition English Literature and Composition Macroeconomics Microeconomics Spanish Language and Culture Statistics Studio Art US History World History
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Equestrian, Equestrian, Fitness, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Surfing, Tennis, Volleyball
Digital Filmmaking, Film Academy, Photography, Sculpture, Studio Art, Studio Art, Theater
Instrumental Ensemble, Music Fundamentals
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Literature and Culture, Computer Programming, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, US History, World History
Chinese, French, German, Latin, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Amnesty International, Ballroom Dancing, Book Club, Chess Club, Cross Fitness, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Improvisation, Interact Club, Investment Club, Knitting Club, Mountain Biking Club, Multi-Cultural, Surf Club, Technology Club, Yoga Club, Young Life
Accepting Students in Grades
9, 10, 11
Ages Accepted
ELTiS Minimum
Not Accepted
TOEFL Minimum
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Minimum Duolingo: 98; Chinese speaking students who do not visit campus must interview through Vericant.

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