February 25, 2019

Oscar-nominated alumna presents to students

Oscar-nominated animation director (and proud Dunn School alum!) Ru Kuwahata and her partner Max Porter spoke with all of the upper school students

February 18, 2019

Condor League Champs!

ALL FOUR of our winter league teams took the top spot in the Condor League at the end of the regular season!

February 12, 2019

Egg Project at DMS

Students participate in egg project at the middle school

January 18, 2019

Youth For Direct Relief

Youth for Direct Relief, a new club to raise awareness about Direct Relief's work in global and domestic health and disaster relief, stopped by the Direct Relief headquarters in Goleta this week to deliver checks for two different fundraisers held during the fall semester. With the help of Rudy's Fresh Mexican Restaurant, the club held a dinnertime fundraiser in November which raised $220 for disaster relief following the tsunami in Indonesia.

January 11, 2019

Alum Peter Kargbo makes waves at Boston University

Alum Peter Kargbo makes waves at Boston University

December 4, 2018

The Whole Child and Cell Phones

Head of School Mike Beck chats about student use of cell phones.

December 2, 2018

Alum Justin Ching Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 List

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Dunn alum Justin Ching was awarded a coveted spot in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list!

November 9, 2018

Lawrence, San Jule & Cloyd Commit to Division I Programs

We are so proud to announce that three of our baseball standouts at Dunn School will sign with Division I schools next week!

November 5, 2018

The Leadership Challenge

November 1, 2018

Dunn Teachers Lead the Way at World Language Jamboree

On October 20 Alejandra Santos and Ulises Castaneda donned another hat when they presented at the CLTA (California Language Teacher's Association) World Language Jamboree in Anaheim!

October 9, 2018

Groundbreaking Set for New Leadership Center

All are invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for the Cindy Bronfman Leadership Center, a state-of-the-art space that will meet several critical needs at Dunn.

September 19, 2018

New Dunn Blog Explores Whole Student Education

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.

September 13, 2018

Dunn Hosts College Nights for Community

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.

September 13, 2018

It's a "Swine Time" at Dunn School

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.

September 13, 2018

New Outdoor Ed Director Ready for the Trail

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.

September 7, 2018

Dunn Kitchen Receives National Award

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.

August 9, 2018

Dunn Joins Dunn as New Development Officer

Dunn School welcomes a new development officer to campus this summer, and her last name is very familiar.

August 6, 2018

Dunn's "Earwigs" Nickname Featured by LA Times

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.

July 25, 2018

Dunn Campus Receives Arboretum Status

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.

June 13, 2018

Nancy Roome, 1922-2018

Nancy Roome, longtime teacher and founder of the nationally renowned Learning Strategies program at Dunn School, died on June 4, 2018.

June 12, 2018

Upper School Publishes Academic Awards

Associate Head of School Gene Vachon released the list of all academic awards for the Upper School today.

May 29, 2018

Commencement Set for June 1-2

Families and friends will gather with students and faculty this weekend for graduation ceremonies for both the Middle School and Upper School.

May 4, 2018

Science Students Work on Human Genome Sequencing

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.

May 2, 2018

Earth Day Teach-in Engages Students in Sustainability

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.

May 1, 2018

Dunn Welcomes New Administrator to Campus

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.

April 30, 2018

Dunn School Players Present "She Kills Monsters"

The Dunn School Players present the third theater production of the year, a dramatic comedy entitled "She Kills Monsters" written by Qui Nguyen.

April 27, 2018

Middle Schoolers Help Install Solar Array on Campus

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.

March 28, 2018

Art Students Draw Portraits for Syrian Refugees

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.

March 22, 2018

Find Your Fit: Why Sofia Barron-Kardos Chose Dunn

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.

March 14, 2018

Dunn Community Gathers for Spring Family Weekend

Spring Family Weekend at Dunn Upper School is set for March 16-18, 2018, and it couldn't come at a better time.

February 14, 2018

Find Your Fit: Why Cade Ford Chose Dunn School

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.

February 9, 2018

"Afternoon Under the Oaks" to Raise Scholarship Funds

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.

February 9, 2018

Two Alums In Oscars Race for Same Category

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.

February 5, 2018

Find Your Fit: Why Xiuyu (Michelle) Guo Chose Dunn

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.

February 2, 2018

Find Your Fit: Why Kaya Crosby Chose Dunn School

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.

February 2, 2018

Student Authors Book To Benefit His Homeland

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.

January 26, 2018

Back to School: Facilities Crew Takes English Class

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.

January 23, 2018

Final Open House Set for Middle 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.

January 16, 2018

Find Your Fit: Why Theo Brown Chose Dunn

"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.

November 6, 2017

Middle School Open House Set for Nov. 16

Would your child benefit from small classes, personal attention, and a creative, hands-on curriculum?

November 3, 2017

"The Foreigner" Comes to Campus

Dunn School Drama is proud to present The Foreigner, an outrageous comedy about how we deal with people who are not like us.

October 27, 2017

Middle School Celebrates Festival of Lights

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.

October 26, 2017

West African Cuisine Hits the Lunch Menu

A few international students got a taste of home this week, when the Dunn Kitchen featured fare from Western Africa on Thursday.

October 10, 2017

All the Details for Fall Family Weekend (Friday-Saturday)

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.

October 6, 2017

Math Meets Mindfulness at the Middle School

Math teacher brings mindfulness meditation into the classroom to help young learners focus attention on their lessons.

October 6, 2017

Thoughts from the Trail: Dean Turner Hikes with Sophomores

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.

September 22, 2017

STEM Students Go to College for Prestigious Programs

This fall, a number of Dunn students will be working with professional scientists and researchers at world-renowned college and laboratory facilities.

September 8, 2017

Meet the Newest Members of Dunn's Community

Each year, Dunn welcomes a special group of Earwigs to our residential community: three pigs that live in a pen near the Middle School.

September 4, 2017

Dunn Students Offer Free Tutoring to Community

Dunn Students are once again offering one-on-one peer tutoring this academic year for local children and teens.

September 1, 2017

New Faculty, Staff Join Dunn Community

Dunn School welcomes a remarkable group of new teachers, staff and administrators for the 2017-18 school year.

September 1, 2017

Welcome to School from the Head of School

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.

July 10, 2017

New Daily Schedule Lets High Schoolers Sleep In

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.

June 20, 2017

Ralph Lowe, Beloved Teacher (1951-2017)

Memorial service for longtime English teacher set on campus for August 12

June 12, 2017

Gatorade Names Michael California Player of the Year

Soccer standout Rodney Michael named California Boys Gatorade Player of the Year for 2016-17

May 19, 2017

Seniors Choose Service Learning for Final Outing

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.

May 12, 2017

Student Makes Five-course Dinner for Kitchen Crew

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.

May 8, 2017

Dunn Fencing Team Repeats Championship Victory

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.

May 5, 2017

Davidge, Flores Named "Alums of the Year"

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.

April 25, 2017

Dunn's Baseball Team Steps Up to the "Challengers"

Dunn's baseball team is known for its hitting hard. But on Saturday, they showed they have soft hearts too.

April 19, 2017

Earth Day 2017: Birds, Bees, Bats, and More!

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.

March 23, 2017

Commencement Weekend Schedules Announced

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...

March 22, 2017

Registration for Summer Programs Now Open

"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...

March 1, 2017

Soccer Captures Second Championship in Three Years

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.

February 3, 2017

7th Annual Service Trip to Guatemala

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.

January 13, 2017

Alum Selected #1 in 2017 MLS Draft

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.

January 10, 2017

Art Students Make Portraits of Kindness

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.