Dunn School

P.O. Box 98, 2555 W. Highway 154
Los Olivos, CA 93441
Tel: 800-287-9197
  • 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.
  • 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.
Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Dunn School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 8-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1957 1910
Campus Size 58 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 245 students 298 students
% Students of Color
29%
20%
% International Students
30%
20%
% Students Boarding
60%
68%
Average SAT Score 1685 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1520 - 1800 -
Average ACT score 25 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 14 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
72%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $7 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,000 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$26,200 $28,500
Tuition international students $60,500 $47,000
% Students on Financial Aid
42%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $22,410 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 1 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
45%
57%
Director of AdmissionsMike Mckee
Associate Director of AdmissionsMandy Taylor-Gratzer

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 14 16
CoursesAP Art, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP US Government & Politics, AP US History, AP World History, 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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 12 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 18 23
ExtracurricularsAmnesty International Club, Badminton Club, Ballet, Climbing Club, Community Service Club, Cooking Club, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Economics Club, Film Club, Interact Club, Mahjong Club, School Newspaper, Student Government, Swimming, The Academy (book group), Yoga, Young Life

College Matriculation

Year: 2014 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Colorado at Boulder 5
Northeastern University 4
University of San Francisco 4
California Polytechnic State University 2
Lewis and Clark College 2
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2
University of California at San Diego 2
University of California at San Diego 2
University of California at Los Angeles 1
Whitman College 1

School Notes

  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: TABS, NAIS, WBSA, SSATB, WASC
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