Prospective Families


Why Dunham?

Because you have big dreams for your child. And so do we.

If you’re dreaming of a college preparatory school that inspires students to find their voices, discover their passions, unleash their confidence, and mature in Christian faith, then you’ve come to the right place.

At Dunham, you’ll find intentionally small classes, where a blend of traditional and innovative teaching is combined with the latest technology to ignite creativity and intellectual curiosity. You’ll discover expert teachers who treasure each child as the individual he or she was created to be, and you’ll find challenging academic, athletic, fine arts, and leadership programs that enable students to meet their God-given potential now and in the future.

But it’s not just our college preparatory curriculum, cutting-edge technology, or innovative programs that singles us out as the leading school in Baton Rouge.  It’s how our faculty and students use these resources every day—collaborating, problem solving, mentoring, communicating, learning, and leading—that’s unique.

And it’s the Christ-like love modeled and lived out daily that creates a palpable spirit on our campus. A spirit that makes all the difference in preparing students for college and for life.

We invite you to take a moment to learn more about some our our distinctive programs below. Ready to apply?  Get started by visiting our Admissions page.

College Preparation

At Dunham, our aim is to equip our students—from our youngest learners to our seniors about to embark on their next educational journey—with the knowledge, interpersonal skills, and confidence needed for success in college. Guided by expert teachers and the advice of our college placement director, Dunham students are encouraged to dream big when it comes to their future. Our seniors consistently gain acceptance into the colleges of their choice, with many earning substantial merit scholarship offers. From Pepperdine to LSU Honors College to The University of Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, or St. Andrew’s University in Scotland, you’ll find Dunham graduates at some of the best schools across the country and abroad.

Individualized Instruction

At Dunham we know one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to education. We celebrate the fact that every child entrusted to us is fearfully and wonderfully made, with unique talents, intellectual strengths, and personality traits. We understand that each student, regardless of academic ability, is wired to learn in unique ways, and we believe that those preferences should be honored in the classroom. From the first morning of PreK3 to the last day in high school, our teachers engage students as individuals and vary instruction to meet diverse learning styles.

Spiritual Development

Aristotle said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” We couldn’t agree more.  As a Christian school, we care about our students’ success from an eternal perspective. By design, everything we do at Dunham—academics, athletics, arts—is grounded in the desire to see our students mature in Christian faith and character. Whether it’s through chapel services, weekly advisory meetings, or service opportunities, our aim is to educate the heart as fully as the mind so that our students have a greater possibility of understanding, knowing, and committing to Christ before graduation.

Small classes. Big Connections.

With a student/teacher ratio of 9:1 and average class sizes between 14 -16, our students make big connections with each other and with their teachers who know and pray for them by name.  Our teachers understand how students learn, where they struggle, and what makes them tick. They know their greatest strengths, their secret aspirations, their deepest insecurities, and the 122 other things that make them them. This capacity for connecting with students on a personal level is part of our school’s unique culture and often what our alumni value the most from their years at Dunham.

Leadership Training

From Lower School Sunshine Helpers to Middle School House Captains to Upper School Prefects, Dunham provides students with numerous opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Our goal is to educate empathetic servant leaders ready to step forward as the hands and feet of Christ on our campus or wherever they see a need they can meet. In addition to elected positions and service opportunities, Upper School students participate in the Institute of Leadership, a formal leadership program designed to train, empower, and send students out to make a difference in the community and the world at large.

Harkness Learning

Students gather around the table, eager to form opinions, share perspectives, and respect divergent points of view. In an era when most people speak first and think later, our students think as they learn to speak up, stake a claim, and defend an idea. This is Harkness at Dunham, a collaborative approach to teaching and learning that enables students to find and use their voices to inform, inspire, and influence.  While you’ll see Harkness method used most often in our humanities classrooms, the confidence built around the discussion table carries over into every other aspect of school life and prepares our graduates to emerge as leaders in college and in their professional lives.

Innovative Technology

Need to Skype with a quantum physicist in Denmark?  No problem.  How about create an iMovie about ancient civilizations in China? Done. Want to take a Flyover tour of Rome? You’re there.  The world is our classroom at Dunham, where teachers use technology to enhance learning and student engagement in all subjects, in all grades. As a five-time Apple distinguished school, we understand the importance of having access to innovative technology, yet we also believe that the real benefit comes from what we do with that technology to prepare students to navigate the wonder and challenges of our world through experiences that build creativity, collaboration, and communication.