If you're reading this page, you already know that Dunn is different.

Dunn School is a caring community of teachers and learners, with a balanced approach to whole-student development — all in a beautiful and safe setting in northern Santa Barbara County.

It's a place where young people Find Their Fit — like Kaya Crosby from Oregon, Xiuyu "Michelle" Guo from China, and Theo Brown from right here in Los Olivos. 

As a parent myself, I know how important—and yet how nerve-wracking—it can be to find that special place that encourages your child to flourish in the ways that best suit their needs and passions. As you begin this process, please consider the Admissions staff at Dunn as resources for your family as you weigh your options.

At Dunn, we don't produce just one type of graduate. So we're not looking for a single type of student. Our community is teeming with bright, curious, multi-faceted young people who are finding their way in the world and seeking to develop their strengths for the challenges they face ahead. We believe that taking risks and stretching comfort zones is the essence of real growth. All sorts of students benefit from such an approach.

But I encourage you to come see for yourself. Please accept my invitation to visit campus. You'll be inspired by our incredibly welcoming students and teachers. And you'll be surprised at the serene campus you'll find behind those gates.

I look forward to welcoming you to campus. Hope to see you here real soon.


Mike McKee
Director of Admission


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Meet the Staff

Mike McKee

Director of Admission
admissions@dunnschool.org  |  800-287-9197

Mike joined the Dunn admissions team in 2013 after spending 6 years as an admissions officer at a boarding school in Arizona. He was drawn to Dunn by the engaging and supportive faculty and staff, not to mention the gorgeous campus and stunning mountain views. Mike believes that the best part of his job is helping students find their fit at Dunn—young people who learn to spread their wings, get out of their comfort zones, and truly learn more about themselves by pushing their limits. He enjoys coaching lacrosse in the spring and sharing his love of the outdoors with students.

Mandy Taylor-Gratzer
Associate Director of Admission
mtaylor-gratzer@dunnschool.org  |  800-287-9197

Mandy joined the Dunn community in 2015 after spending the previous seven years teaching kindergarten and first grade in Southern California. She is enjoying life back in her hometown of Santa Barbara, supporting Dunn's whole-student mission. In addition to her love of education, Mandy spends her free time traveling, cooking, and helping at events for a local winery. She is thrilled to be part of the Dunn Admissions team, out there finding those awesome students who share her passion for adventure.

Amanda Milholland
Director of Summer Programs & Admissions Officer
amilholland@dunnschool.org  |  800-287-9197

Amanda came to Dunn in 2015 to work in the Business Office after 8 years in the wine industry. She joined the Admissions Office in 2017 along with her duties as Director of Summer Programs. Amanda loves the amazing opportunities that Dunn offers to every student and meeting students from all over the world. During the summer, Amanda leads our Summer Academy, an amazing four-week boarding experience on Dunn's campus, and manages other summer programming on campus. She enjoys coaching (and playing) volleyball team and spends her time outdoors, cooking, and traveling.


Sarah Harris
Admissions Coordinator
sharris@dunnschool.org  |  800-287-9197

Sarah joined Dunn in 2014 after more than 10 years in the food and wine industry managing tasting rooms, handling guest and employee relations, and planning events for businesses as well as nonprofits like the Alzheimer's Association. She loves putting her customer service expertise to work at Dunn School and helping parents through the admissions process.



I never imagined my child would be so lucky to have so many quality role models. The type of teacher makes all the difference. The time spent with these children may seem short but the impact is forever.

—Parent '15