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Dunn School
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  • Private, Boarding
  • LOS OLIVOS, CA

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Dunn School campus is open to boarding and middle school students for in-person learning. We have innovated to keep our students and faculty safe using outdoor classrooms, grade level cohorts, mask and social distancing requirements, and more. For more information about Dunn's COVID-19 planning visit our planning page on our website. Learn More

Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Diversity
    grade A minus
  3. Teachers
    grade A minus
  4. College Prep
    grade A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    grade A minus
  6. Sports
    grade B minus

About

Applying

Application Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
No data available  
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$33,900
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$69,500
Received Financial Aid
50%
Average Financial Aid
No data available  
From Dunn School

The Dunn School community (6-12, boarding and day) teems with bright, curious, multi-faceted young people who are finding their way in the world and seeking to develop their personal and intellectual strengths for college and beyond. A Dunn education is highly personalized. Dunn faculty believe that taking risks and stretching comfort zones is the essence of real growth. We believe that experiential education rooted in our core values and a leadership curriculum are essential parts of learning and serve to help the whole student reach their individual potential. Dunn students thrive in the classroom and outside of it, and on any given week you'll find Dunn students out in the field -from the High Sierras to the Colorado River, from coastal conservation centers to the green fields on campus. We encourage you to come experience Dunn's campus. You'll be inspired by our incredibly welcoming students and teachers, and you'll be surprised at the serene campus you'll find behind our gates.

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1230
52 responses
Average ACT
28
27 responses

Learning Strategies - Welcoming Neurodiversity

The Learning Strategies program has a long-standing reputation for successfully engaging, supporting, and fully including students with cognitive and learning differences. Since 1973 Dunn has provided extensive, individualized support to help students master their cognitive strengths and achieve academic goals. The program is a vital component of the school’s mission to develop the whole child.

Culture & Safety

Poll
71%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school. 7 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there. 7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 14 responses
  • Rivalry sports games
    36%
  • Spending time with Boarding Students
    36%
  • Prefect/Government
    14%
  • Earth Day
    7%
  • Spirit Week
    7%

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Boarding

Students Boarding
50%
Boarding Days Per Week
7-day
Top Countries
China, Finland, Germany, Japan, Russian Federation
International Boarding Students
42%

Students

Diversity
grade A minus
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
220
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive. 9 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy. 9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic. 9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
5:1
National
17:1
Poll
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons. 9 responses
Poll
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students. 9 responses
Poll
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom. 9 responses

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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
grade A minus
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
No data available  
Boys Athletic Participation
No data available  
67%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. 6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need. 6 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations. 6 responses

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