Welcome from Christy Nordgren, Dean of Dunn Middle School

Dunn is the unicorn of middle schools. — Current Parent

At Dunn Middle School students will engage with relevant and challenging learning experiences in the classroom, in the outdoor environment, and in the world beyond school with a singular aim: to develop and maintain the love of learning. 

The middle years of schooling are the most dynamic and, arguably, the most exciting period of development for young people. Students are in a stage of transition—from wide-eyed elementary school student to capricious teenager ready to take on the world. Students’ passions, sense of self, and cognitive development are in fluid states; our role in helping middle level learners grow is to act as guides. This is a time for students to learn how to learn. They practice skills, receive feedback, and strengthen their competencies. They understand themselves more fully and develop empathy, responsibility, and courage.

Every aspect of Dunn Middle School is about preparing students for a life of learning and responsible leadership in society.  We expect them to make poor decisions on occasion, and we believe that setbacks--even failure--is often the road to success. Trial and error is an important means of learning; middle school students are poised to explore and push the limits a bit. With the trust of strong parent partnerships, we guide students through difficult decisions and celebrate successes.

Christy Nordgren,
Middle School Dean


Learn More by Attending an Open House

This year's sessions will take place Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, at 1:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023, at 10 a.m. Please use the button below to reach out if you would like to attend. 


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Dunn Middle School Office:

805-688-2404 or dmsoffice@dunnschool.org

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805-688-6471 or admissions@dunnschool.org


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