Dunn Summer Academy


Dunn School's Summer Academy offers what you want most in a summer academic program: caring instructors, unlimited personal attention, gains in academic performance, and loads of fun with new friends from around the world!  The Summer Academy provides an incredibly rewarding and safe residential summer experience for students entering grades 8, 9, and 10.  There are two tracks that students can follow in this unique, month-long experience: Learning Strategies or ESL .

The Learning Strategies program helps students build skills critical for being a successful student—study habits, time management, organization. With experienced staff and personal attention, students develop strategies for time management, organization and effective studying while gaining a sense of optimism toward educational challenges. The result is newfound success in the next academic year! Learn more about the Learning Strategies program here.

The ESL program is a month-long English program that helps students build reading, writing, and conversational skills with skilled English teachers while immersed in a larger residential Summer Academy with American students. Learn more about the ESL program here.


Life at Dunn Summer Academy

Students live in chaperoned dorms at the heart of Dunn's 55-acre boarding school campus.  The classrooms, dining hall, library, playing fields, tennis courts, swimming pool, gymnasium, art studios and more are all available to Summer Academy students!


Of course, there's ample time for summer fun!  Every afternoon the students participate in an enrichment, and on Wednesdays and Saturdays the students go on a trip to enjoy the best of the Central Coast of California!

2020 Summer Program Dates: 7/11-8/7


Amanda Milholland
Dunn School Director of Summer Programs


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Typical Weekend Activities

Students in Dunn's Summer Academy enjoy a variety of fun weekend activities!  Past activities have included:

Surf Lessons
Pool Parties
L.A. Dodgers Game
Ropes Course
Shopping in Santa Barbara
Off-Campus Movies
Student Talent Show
Live Theater & Music


Typical Afternoon Electives

Every afternoon, students choose an activity, or "enrichment."  Here is a sampling of some of our most popular enrichments:

Horseback Riding
Rock Climbing



Daily Schedule

8:00  Hot Breakfast

8:30  Morning Sports

10:00 Time for Class

12:00 Lunch in the Dunn Dining Hall

2:30 Snack break & free time

4:00 Afternoon Electives

5:30 Gourmet Dinner by Chef Robin

7:30 Residential Life Activities

10:00 Lights Out

2020 Summer Academy Dates

For students entering grades 8, 9 & 10

Saturday, July 11 - Friday, August 7, 2020

Deposit due at registration: $2000

Balance due by July 1: $6500*

*Includes room, board, airport transfers, and a $500 account for incidentals, the remainder of which is refunded at the end of the session

Contact Information

Questions?  Please contact:

Amanda Milholland, Summer Programs Director

Email: summer@dunnschool.org

Phone: 1+805-686-0615

Fax: +1-805-686-2078