Parents

In the event of an emergency after school hours, please call the number below:

On-Duty Cell Phone

(805) 325-1047

Parent FAQ

The Parent/Student Handbook is an excellent resource for many questions. Below you will find answers to several frequently asked questions.

Q

Is it better to call or email a faculty member, dean or advisor?

A

For faculty members or advisors, email is preferable. Boarding parents should establish with their child’s advisor how often they would like to be contacted. When contacting the dean, it is up to the parent as to whether phone or email works best.

Q

What is the transition to boarding school life like at Dunn?

A

Dunn has an extensive support system to help students make the transition to boarding school life. Each student is assigned a faculty advisor. Each advisor is responsible for a maximum of seven students. Advisors and advisees meet weekly and build very strong relationships. Advisors monitor students’ progress in three main areas: academics, extra-curricular activities and residential life. In addition, each dorm has a faculty member assigned as the dorm head. This faculty member resides in or next-door to their assigned dorm. Dorm heads oversee the dorm program, conduct weekly dorm meetings and are the senior adult in charge in case of emergencies.

Upperclassmen also play a critical role in helping new students adjust to life at Dunn. All students can readily turn to a prefect, who is available to help with a whole variety of situations from providing study-break pizza to lending a sympathetic ear. Also, all new students are assigned a Peerwig who helps with meeting people and becoming integrated into the community.

Q

What is a typical boarding student schedule like?

A

Students check in for breakfast by 8:15 a.m. Classes begin at 8:30. Students have a mid-morning break to go to meetings, assemblies or chapel and a 40-minute lunch period mid-day. Classes end at 3:00 on most days. After class, students participate in our afternoon program from 3:35 p.m. to 5:15. Dinner begins at 6:00 and study hours are from 7:45 to 10:00 p.m..

Q

We live out of state. Are we able to store items that are difficult to transport (i.e., printer, bed pillows and comforter, textbooks, etc.) rather than shipping them home each summer?

A

Students can store items with local storage companies, it typically runs $50 - $75 for space during the summer.