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.

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Dunn SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)8-127-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19571909
Campus Size58 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment249 students300 students
% Students of Color
45%
20%
% International Students
16%
20%
% Students Boarding
60%
69%
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 Size10 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1317
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
63%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$8,500
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$7 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$61,000$54,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$28,000$30,250
Tuition international students$63,500$48,100
% Students on Financial Aid
56%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant22961$23,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
45%
55%
Director of AdmissionsMike Mckee
Associate Director of AdmissionsMandy Taylor-Gratzer

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1317
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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1415
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1324
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Badminton Club, Cooking Club, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Dray Student Club, Economics Club, Film Club, Interact Club, Student Government, Youth 4 Direct Relief Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Climbing Club, Community Service Club, 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
  • Dunn School accreditations: TABS, NAIS, WBSA, SSATB, WASC
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