Dunn School

About Us

Dunn is a college-prep private school for students in grades 6 – 12. We are located in the scenic town of Los Olivos on California’s beautiful central coast. Students may begin boarding at Dunn in 8th grade. Dunn also offers an extraordinary Summer Academy for students who want to live and learn at a California boarding school for four weeks during the summer.

Inspiring Academics
At every grade level, Dunn students engage in a broad program of challenging academics. Students are expected to actively participate in lively classes where discussion, debate, inquiry, experiment, and collaboration are the norm. Dunn offers 15 Advanced Placement classes and many more Honors courses. The average classroom size is just 12 students, so personal attention is assured.

Superb Arts
Dunn’s accomplished arts faculty teaches students to explore and build mastery in the fine arts: ceramics, painting, drawing, photography, film, music and theatre.  The Sinclaire Art Studios are among the most stunning buildings on campus, with huge, light-filled windows.

Competitive Athletics
Dunn fields competitive varsity teams in cross country, tennis, volleyball, basketball, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse. The California sunshine means you can play outside year-round. Experienced coaches develop every student to become their best, whether they start as relative beginners, or come to Dunn with many years of high-level training.

More about Dunn School
Our safe, beautiful campus is just 30 minutes from Santa Barbara, and 2 hours from Los Angeles International Airport. As both a boarding and day school we form a strong community – a small school where teachers know every student and become mentors and advocates. Here, academic excellence goes hand in hand with visual and performing arts, competitive athletics, and real-world experiences like entrepreneurship and community service. Over 100 students live in spacious, modern and homey dorms on campus, where faculty members provide guidance and supervision.

The Dunn experience includes a fantastic array of enrichment classes in the middle school, plus distinguished guest speakers, global travel, student leadership, and in-depth college counseling in the high school. Fully 100 percent of Dunn seniors are admitted to selective 4-year universities.

It all adds up to a spectacular environment in which to discover your passions, build unshakable confidence, and learn to make an impact in the world. Please learn more about Dunn School. We’d like to get to know you.

3 Key Program Features:

  1. Inspiring academics
  2. Superb arts
  3. Competitive athletics
  • Total Enrollment : 250
  • Type : Co-Ed
  • Boarding Grades : 9-12
  • Total Students : 250
  • Boarding Students : 116
  • Day Students : 134
  • ESL Offered : Yes
  • Summer Program : Yes
  • Avg. Class Size : 12
  • Standard Application : Yes
  • Academic URL : https://dunnschool.org
  • Sport URL :
  • Leadership