Why Dunn School

Dunn's close-knit community of dedicated teachers sparks every student to achieve their highest potential in class and life.

It's not uncommon to hear a student remark, "I've never had so much support from teachers who care about me as a person." Above all else, our families agree Dunn provides:

1. Great character and life-long confidence.

At Dunn, each student is known and valued. Every student will take risks, try new things, and stretch their abilities. We give students a family-like atmosphere in which to get outside their comfort zone, find their own passions, and grow as scholars and moral citizens.

2. Engaging classes that inspire joy in learning.

Our classes average just 11 students, so every child participates every single day. Teachers design lessons for interaction, discussion and hands-on engagement. In every course, from sixth grade to the most rigorous AP classes, teachers make the subject come to life, and students rise to new levels of mastery.

3. Hands-on experiences.

Dunn's experiential program for middle school and upper school students is the perfect balance to college-prep academics. What students learn in class gets tested and applied in the real world - through wilderness trips, international travel, community service, student entrepreneurship, creative arts projects, and more.

This is the transformative Dunn experience. We see the outcome every day in our intellectually-vibrant, happy students - well-prepared to shape fulfilling lives.


 But don't take our word for it. We encourage you to talk with Dunn parents and students about why they chose Dunn, and why they'd make the same choice again. Please ask our admission office for the phone numbers of Dunn parents and students near you.

Dunn makes learning so interesting and relevant, it changes how you approach the rest of your life. I've made a career of following my passions.

Yoky Matsuoka, Dunn alum & MacArthur Fellow winner