Dunn School

P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Founded in 1957, Dunn School is an independent, college preparatory, 6th through 12th grade coeducational boarding and day school.
We are located in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, in Los Olivos, California, 30 miles from Santa Barbara.
Dunn School's 60-year old mission is to educate the whole student to his or her fullest potential in preparation for a life of learning and responsible leadership in society. We achieve this by focusing on the development and integration of 5 core values: Social and emotional wellness; physical readiness; intellectual growth; social responsibility; and moral courage.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Dunn SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-129-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19571907
Campus Size58 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment249 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1210* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size10 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio5:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1318
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$8,500
(Includes tuition, room, board, and activities for 4 weeks.)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$13 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(Financial aid and payment plans available. Learning Strategies is an additional fee of $17,000.)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Financial aid and payment plans available. Learning Strategies is an additional fee.)
Tuition international students$66,900$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$22,961
(Not available for Learning Strategies.)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsMike Mckee
Associate Director of AdmissionsSarah Harris

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1318
CoursesAdvanced Art, Advanced English 11, Advanced U.S. History, Advanced World History, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, English 10 Honors, Math I Honors - Geometry & Algebra, Math II Honors - Data, Models, & Predictions, Math III Honors - Mathematical Analysis, Spanish II Honors, Spanish III Honors, US History Honors


# Interscholastic Sports Offered816
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1923
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Affinity Club, Badminton Club, Computer Science Club, Dance Company, Debate Club, Dormitory Council, Film Club, Peer Tutoring Association, Spirit Committee, Student Government, Surf Club, Sustainability Club, Youth 4 Direct Relief Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama/Theatre, Dunn School Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Mountain Biking, Pickle Ball, Swimming, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 202010 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Northeastern University2
University of California - Irvine2
University of California at Los Angeles2
University of Southern California (USC)2
Barnard College1
California Polytechnic State University1
New York University1
University of Oregon1
Wellesley College1
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School Notes

    • Dunn School has a long history of facilitating the education, growth, and development of passion and knowledge of a diverse group of students. Our alumni have gone on to lead lives of leadership and responsibility in all manner of ways. Our whole student education approach is founded on close personal relationships between faculty and students in aligned partnership with parents. Our family-oriented, small school culture allows us to know each student deeply and individually. Through our one to one advisor program, we help students to discover and explore their passions and interests, take on challenges,  and discover their academic and non-academic potential - while preserving their emotional and mental wellness. No matter where Dunn students are or what they are doing, they are always learning. How is Dunn School different than other boarding schools? We encourage you to visit our beautiful campus to meet our community and discover our inspiring culture and inclusive ethos that makes Dunn unique.  There is something at Dunn for any student who is motivated and willing to do the work - whether your goal is to attend a top tier college, play athletics at a competitive level, hone your entreprenuerial or music skills, or develop a well rounded portfolio of personal and educational experiences that will ignite passion and lifelong learning. Our dedicated community will help you get there and provide a life changing experience in the process.Take a virtual campus tour
    • LD types supported: Mild/Moderate Learning Differences
    • Dunn School accreditations: TABS, NAIS, WBSA, SSATB, WASC
    • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
      • Mike Boone - Inventor of Boone Boards and highly successful serial entrepreneur.
      • Justin Ching '07 - Film maker, professor at USC, and Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient.
      • Nyuol Tong '10 - Founder/Publisher of The Bare Life Review and Forbes 30 Under 30 recipient.
      • Yoky Matsuoka - Co-founder of Google X, CTO of Google Nest.
      • Abu Danladi '19 - MLS recruit and Gatorade National Player of the Year. Currently playing for Nashville Soccer Club.
      • Aiden Terry - Oscar-winning animater who worked with Kobe Bryant.

    Profile last updated: 01/12/2021

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