Dunn School

California, USA

Co-ed, no religious affiliation

Boarding and Day School

  1. Founded: 1946
  2. Grades: 8-12
  3. Number of Students: 225
  4. Average Class Size: 15
  5. Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1
  6. Number of AP Courses: 15
  7. Min SLEP/TOEFL: 70
  8. SSAT Required: Yes
  9. ESL: Yes

30 minutes from Santa Barbara
Nearest Airport: Los Angeles

About Dunn School

Dunn School is a private, college prep day and boarding school best known for its beautiful California location, arts, and entrepreneurship programs. Located 30 minutes from the sprawling beaches of Santa Barbara, Dunn School is an oasis for intellectual exploration. Dunn sits on 55 acres of charming buildings, expansive athletic fields, and grand oak trees on California’s central coast. The Dunn campus culture is collaborative, hands-on, friendly and open minded. Learning takes place everywhere you find students and teachers working together. A unique part of campus is the Earwig Cafe, a place where student employees learn how to run a business and all profits are invested by students and used to fund a student scholarship. Each year, Dunn students are accepted to America’s top universities including UC Berkeley, CalTech, and Cornell.

University acceptance

Cornell University, UC Berkeley, University of California Santa Cruz, University of California Santa Barbara, Cal State Poly Pomona, California Polytechnic State University, Michigan State University, School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Southern California, New York University, Boston University, Washington State University, California State University all campuses.


AP courses

  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science AB
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics B
  • Spnish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History

ESL/Support programs

  • ESL intermediate
  • ESL advanced


Foreign languages

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Latin

ARTS: Studio Art, Ceramics, Photography, Digital Film, Guitar, Jazz, Theater, Dance
HUMANITIES/SOCIAL SCIENCES: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Social Movements, Earwig Inc. (entrepreneurship)
ENGLISH: Creative Writing, Honors, Literature, Advanced Writing
HISTORY: U.S. History, World History
SCIENCES: Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Conceptual Physics
MATH: Algebra, Calculus, Functions, Honors, Geometry, Probability, Statistics


Clubs and organizations

BSU, Community Service, Diversity, GSA, Interact, Ping Pong Club, Spirit Committee, Student Government, Sustainability


Interscholastic: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Surfing, Tennis, Volleyball

Recreational: Dance, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Cross Fitness, Drama, Yoga


Dunn School has four dorms, one for girls and three for boys. Dorm amenities include laundry, lounge, kitchen area, and wifi.

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