Welcome from Gene Vachon, Associate Head of School


Whether students matriculate to Dunn Upper School from Dunn Middle School, from other middle schools, from other high schools, or from international school systems, they will find a rigorous high-school curriculum that is grounded in the foundational principles of honesty, community, and integrity. This curriculum is framed by the core values of Dunn School: Emotional Wellness, Physical Readiness, Intellectual Growth, Social Responsibility, and Moral Courage. More importantly, they will find a community built on trust -- a community that celebrates the differences that make us unique.

High school is the time when students embark on a journey of transition from adolescence to young adulthood. As a college preparatory institution, we are committed to helping our students find their best right fit college. And, we are committed to guiding students to be thoughtful and intentional about the choices they make as they navigate these formative years. We do this every day by delivering on the Dunn School mission to “...educate whole students to their fullest potential...” 

Our Dunn School Whole Student Graduation Requirements help to define what we mean by “whole student education.” These include the rigorous prerequisites of the University of California eligibility requirements, but they also include growth as a global citizen, and participation in our outdoor education, athletic, student-life seminar, and community service programs.

In our small boarding school community, boarding students from around the country and around the world learn and grow in the company of day students from Santa Barbara County. This diversity and the global citizenship that it engenders, are the cornerstone of the Dunn Upper School program. The world that awaits the next generation is dynamic and exciting and will require new skills and open minds. Join us in preparing for that future.

Gene Vachon
Associate Head of School

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