Helping others is a philosophy embraced by teachers and students alike.

"Random acts of Kindness” isn't just a Middle School class. It's the Dunn School way.

All Dunn students participate in community service activities throughout the year. Students are required to complete a certain number of community service hours each semester by either serving their peers by volunteering for on-campus projects or offering their time hours to service in the broader community.

Each year, Dunn holds a Day of Caring when classes are cancelled to engage students in service. Recent projects include: 

  •  Building the Middle School garden and chicken coop
  •  Landscape projects at Rancho Alegre, an outdoor camp for low-income youth
  •  Cleaning up local beaches
  •  Cleanup and tree measuring at the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Gardens
  •  Packing supplies for Direct Relief, an international relief organization
  •  Mending fences and cleaning corrals at Happy Endings Animal Rescue Sanctuary


Middle schoolers are encouraged to develop their spirit of community service with growing responsibilities each year. Sixth graders tackle on-campus projects to benefit the Dunn community, seventh graders take on an off-campus class project, and eighth graders start the year by interning for a nonprofit and finish out the year by raising money for a charity through the $10 Project.

Upper School students help organize and implement an annual Relay for Life fundraiser which secures thousands of dollars each year for Cancer research.