Dunn is launching a blog to capture Mr. Beck's thoughts, as well as perspectives from other academic leaders at Dunn, about how we can best prepare students for the "changing and challenging" landscapes (as Beck puts it) they will face in their lifetimes.
Dunn School invites students and their families in northern Santa Barbara County to a series of College Nights with admissions counsellors from colleges and universities from across the nation to learn about the application and admission process.
Each year, Dunn welcomes a trio of pigs from a nearby farm owned by Dunn trustee Debbie Jones and her husband Randy. The pigs live in a pen near the Middle School and play an important role in the school's ecological efforts.
Gaby Pilson is only the third Director of Outdoor Education in our long-standing program at Dunn School, and she brings both lived experience and an academic foundation to the role.
If you've eaten in the Dunn Kitchen, you know the staff is friendly, the food is fresh, and you're belly will be satisfied. This week, Dunn's culinary team is being recognized for their hard work and great service.
Dunn School welcomes a new development officer to campus this summer, and her last name is very familiar.
It's no secret that Dunn School has an unusual sports nickname. Few schools would pick an obscure insect like the Earwig as their face of their athletics teams.
Dunn School is known worldwide for its beautiful campus in Los Olivos, nestled between the ranches and wineries of the Santa Ynez Valley. Now, the school has an official designation as an arboretum.
Nancy Roome, longtime teacher and founder of the nationally renowned Learning Strategies program at Dunn School, died on June 4, 2018.
Associate Head of School Gene Vachon released the list of all academic awards for the Upper School today.
Families and friends will gather with students and faculty this weekend for graduation ceremonies for both the Middle School and Upper School.
The purpose of the course was for students to gain the knowledge and skills for next-generation genomic sequencing. And the work had to be exemplary, because they were sending the results to the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, a nonprofit biological research institution.
Even though Earth Day is officially on April 22, Dunn celebrated the annual event today with an afternoon of food, fun and hands-on learning.
Dunn is pleased to announce that Tim Weir will join the community this summer as Alumni Affairs Coordinator as well as Athletic Director for the UIpper School. He will live on campus as a House Head for the 2018-19 school year.
The Dunn School Players present the third theater production of the year,—a dramatic comedy entitled "She Kills Monsters" written by Qui Nguyen.
Dunn Middle School science students put science to work this week to help install a new solar panel array on the southern edge of campus. This is the fourth solar installation students have helped with in as many years.
For the second year in a row, Dunn's art students participated in the international Portraits of Kindness project that provides children experiencing extreme conditions—such as displacement, war, extreme poverty—with personal, portable portraits of themselves.
Like most young people, going to boarding school wasn't high on the list of priorities for Sofia Barron-Kardos. But once she visited Dunn, she knew where she wanted to spend her high school years.
Spring Family Weekend at Dunn Upper School is set for March 16-18, 2018, and it couldn't come at a better time.
Sophomore Cade Ford loves baseball. He grew up in nearby Nipomo, California, and heard about Dunn's growing reputation in the California baseball scene—and its amazing baseball field and practice facility—through his Pony League coach. So he decided to come to campus for a visit.
Mike and Maura Beck are opening their home to the Dunn community for an afternoon garden party and auction on Saturday, March 17, at 3-6 p.m.
The Dunn community was ecstatic to learn this week that one of our alums — Ru Kuwahata '00 — is nominated for a 2018 Oscar in the Short Film (Animated) category.
When Xiuyu “Michelle” Guo came to Dunn from Shenzhen, China, her parents expected her study hard and focus on her academics. What her parents didn’t expect, however, is that their daughter would develop into a talented starter on the Girls Varsity Basketball team.
Kaya Crosby never imagined attending a boarding school out of state. But when she heard about Dunn School from a friend, she knew she had to check it out.
Sajan Fowler authored and published a new children's book entitled Sajan and the Vegetarian Tiger, which tells the touching story of how a young Nepalese boy helped a tiger that didn't like the taste of meat.
On most afternoons at 3 p.m., staff in the Facilities Department usually clock out and head home to their families—after early mornings and long days maintaining and cleaning the campus. But this January, several members of the crew have been staying late—to go back to school.
Families interested in exploring whether Dunn Middle School's whole-student, experiential approach is a good fit for their children are invited to one of two remaining Open Houses.
"I've definitely found my fit at Dunn School. I'm not naturally a social person, but I've really found 'my people,' my own community here," he says.
Would your child benefit from small classes, personal attention, and a creative, hands-on curriculum?
Dunn School Drama is proud to present The Foreigner, an outrageous comedy about how we deal with people who are not like us.
The religious celebrations of India may seem a world away from the little town of Los Olivos. But each fall in Kellyn Allavie's Middle School Humanities class, students celebrate Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights.
A few international students got a taste of home this week, when the Dunn Kitchen featured fare from Western Africa on Thursday.
Fall Family Weekend is an opportunity for families of Dunn's Upper School students to come to campus and meet with teachers about their students' progress since the start of school.
Math teacher brings mindfulness meditation into the classroom to help young learners focus attention on their lessons.
For a week in late September, fourteen intrepid souls wove their way up a mountain trail in the High Sierras to experience the indescribable beauty that is the John Muir Wilderness.
This fall, a number of Dunn students will be working with professional scientists and researchers at world-renowned college and laboratory facilities.
Each year, Dunn welcomes a special group of Earwigs to our residential community: three pigs that live in a pen near the Middle School.
Dunn Students are once again offering one-on-one peer tutoring this academic year for local children and teens.
Dunn School welcomes a remarkable group of new teachers, staff and administrators for the 2017-18 school year.
The promise of the school year is only exceeded by the depth of the learning that can occur when we are committed to a whole-student education.
Based on leading-edge research, the school day will start at 8:30 for high the Upper School, allowing students the opportunity to get more sleep in the mornings.
Memorial service for longtime English teacher set on campus for August 12
Soccer standout Rodney Michael named California Boys Gatorade Player of the Year for 2016-17
This year's service project takes Dunn students back to the small town of Parksdale, northwest of Fresno, where Dunn partners with a nonprofit called Self Help Enterprises, which brings together ten low-income families, mostly agricultural workers, and builds ten houses in ten months.
The talented chefs and staff in the Dunn Kitchen make three meals a day, seven days a week, and cater all the School's special events on campus. One student took notice of their hard work and wanted to return the favor—by trading places with them for a night.
For the second year in a row, the Dunn School Fencing Team took first place at the Central Coast High School Fencing Championships, besting fencers from Ventura to San Luis Obispo. Team Captain Theo Brown was also awarded the top individual title.
Dunn School honored two Santa Ynez residents on Saturday during an intimate dinner on the School's campus. Long-time valley resident Dean Davidge received the Alumnus of the Year award, and Santa Ynez native Fidencio Flores was named Young Alumnus of the Year.
Dunn's baseball team is known for its hitting hard. But on Saturday, they showed they have soft hearts too.
Wind and rain would dampen most outdoor events, but it was the perfect backdrop for the Dunn community as they celebrated Earth Day (a few days early) on Monday, April 17.
Few events at Dunn are more meaningful than our commencement ceremonies for the Middle School and Upper School. This annual tradition brings together families, friends and graduates from the school to celebrate another class of students who have been formed...
“Experiential learning at Dunn School doesn't stop when the school year ends,” says Christy Nordgren, Director of Summer Programs. “Our summer programs allow students from near and far to experience Dunn's core values and exceptional approach to immersive learning...
Early on Saturday morning, the Boys Soccer Team piled into a charter bus with their diehard fans to drive four hours to the bustling suburbs of Los Angeles. That afternoon, they hopped back on the bus to Los Olivos with a soccer championship in hand.
Each spring for the last seven years, Spanish teachers Alejandra Santos and Ulises Casteneda take a group of students to Guatemala to work with Constru Casa, an organization that serves families in extreme poverty. The trip is generously sponsored each year by the Rotary Club of Los Olivos.
Dunn School alumnus Abu Dunladi was the first overall pick in the 2017 Major League Soccer draft today and is headed to the cold winters of Minneapolis where his new team, Minnesota United, is located.
Imagine growing up as a child without a photo of yourself, without any affirmation that someone has truly looked at your face. This is the case for many children at a school in Colombia, where they live in difficult situations caused by extreme poverty.