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 
2017 School Data
Dunn SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)8-126-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-124-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19571910
Campus Size58 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment245 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1685* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1520 - 1800-
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1417
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$7 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$60,500$47,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$22,410$22,730
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsMike Mckee
Associate Director of AdmissionsMandy Taylor-Gratzer

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1417
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


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1214
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Tennis, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations1823
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Amnesty International Club, Badminton Club, Cooking Club, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Economics Club, Film Club, Interact Club, Mahjong Club, School Newspaper, Student Government, The Academy (book group), Young Life

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Ballet, Climbing Club, Community Service Club, Swimming, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 201410 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Colorado at Boulder5
Northeastern University4
University of San Francisco4
California Polytechnic State University2
Lewis and Clark College2
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute2
University of California at San Diego2
University of California at San Diego2
University of California at Los Angeles1
Whitman College1

School Notes

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