Academics

Dunn students enjoy small and challenging college-prep classes, including over 15 Advanced Placement and Honors classes.

Your child will actively participate in small classes, averaging just 12 students per section. Dunn faculty lead interactive, discussion-based lessons. In the humanities, these are college-style seminar courses where students learn to form and express opinions, debate issues, and respectfully listen to different points of view.

In mathematics and the sciences, your child will experience equal levels of interactivity. Small classes allow every student to conduct the experiment in labs, not just stand by. In math courses, students can expect to grow comfortable demonstrating complex solutions for their class, and working in small groups to solve problems.

Ask any Dunn student and they'll tell you, "My teachers pushed me, but they also were incredibly accessible and ready to give me extra help any time I needed it."

It's through this combination of challenge and support that Dunn students become self-motivated and confident scholars, ready to thrive in demanding academic programs at top-tier universities such as Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Dartmouth, UC Berkeley, Northeastern University, Boston College, University of Michigan, Georgia Tech, Maryland Institute College of Art, Pitzer, and Colorado College.

Academic standards are high at Dunn. Students hold high academic aspirations, and learn to prioritize their classroom success. Courses are demanding, whether they are standard college-prep courses or the faster-paced and even more rigorous honors and Advanced Placement courses. 

However, every student can feel confident that the academic culture at Dunn values cooperation and not peer competition. Students joyfully challenge themselves to do their own best work, and support each other in every way. Faculty and advisors are always available for extra help and all teachers maintain ample regular weekly office hours for students.

I learned how to speak to teachers because of Dunn. Most undergrads don't speak to their professors. Being at Dunn taught me how to make relationships, that school and life aren't separate.

Mia Winthrop, Dunn alum, current Dartmouth College student