How To Apply: Upper School

We're excited that you're considering joining the Dunn School community. We have worked hard to ensure that the application process is clear and easy.


Applications received by February 1 each year receive priority consideration for admission. Applications completed after that date will be considered in the order they are received.

This page provides you with step by step instructions, but if you have any questions, please contact us at or call 800-287-9197.

Step 1. Request information

If you want to receive more information not available on the website, please complete the short online inquiry form.

Step 2. Complete the online application

Please apply online. Dunn School also accepts the common application from Secondary School Admission Testing or SSAT. Please also request your transcripts from your current school using this form.

Step 3. Schedule a Campus Visit and Interview

We know you'll want to meet our teachers, coaches, and dorm parents and talk with students who share your interests. The interview is also an important part of the application process. We recommend that you schedule your visit and interview when school is in session. Please call the Admission Office at 800-287-9197 or email to arrange your visit.

Step 4. Register for Testing

We require the SSAT for applicants to grades 9 and 10. Students applying for grades 11 or 12 may submit  PSAT or SAT scores. Scores from ISEE will also be accepted. Please forward your scores to Dunn. In order for your scores to arrive before the application deadline, we recommend that you register for the SSAT no later than the January testing date.

Our SSAT code is 2914 and our ISEE code is 051863.

Step 5. Complete the Character Skills Snapshot
Rooted in our five Core Values and whole-student philosophy, character development is a central aspect of Dunn's educational approach. The Character Skills Snapshot helps us understand the areas in which we can help your student grow and thrive as a young person beyond their academic abilities, and we encourage students to submit it as part of their application.

For students who take the SSAT, there is no charge to take this assessment. (Students who opt for the ISEE will be charged $25, though waivers are available for those for whom the fee would prevent application.)


Dunn School admits students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, financial aid, athletic and other school-administered programs.