While many families in Santa Barbara and southern San Luis Obispo Counties know Dunn as a "boarding school," over half of our families live within a 30 mile radius, so their students do not need to live on campus (what we call "Day Students").  

Day Students and their families are in many ways the foundation of the Dunn School community. Students enjoy the benefits of Dunn's residential students, including all the social activities during evenings and weekends for our boarding students. Students also can eat at no additional cost in the Dunn Kitchen, which serves three hot gourmet meals and healthy snacks throughout the day.

Local families are also critical to the support of Dunn, especially through the Parent Action Committee, which partners with Dunn staff and faculty to continually support and increase the resources needed for such high quality, individualized education. Local families often serve as an extended part of our residential community, as local students bring their friends home for home-cooked meals or sleep-overs on the weekends. These can be especially rich opportunities for cultural exchange when families occasionally invite international students from around the world into their homes.

Free Transportation from Santa Barbara

Dunn School provides free daily transportation from Santa Barbara for students who live in that city. A school vehicle leaves Santa Barbara around 7 a.m. to ensure students can report by 7:45 a.m.  Students leave Dunn after athletics or activities at 5:30 p.m. and are back in Santa Barbara in time for dinner.