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 our 741 PreK3-12th grade students to meet their God-given potential now and in the future.
But it’s not just our college preparatory curriculum, cutting-edge technology, and innovative programs that single us out as the leading independent 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 Christlike love modeled and lived out daily that creates a palpable and joyful spirit on our campus—a spirit that makes all the difference in preparing students for college and for life.
Our aim is to equip our students—from our youngest learners in PreK3 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, students are encouraged to dream big when it comes to their future and consistently gain acceptance into the colleges of their choice, with many earning substantial merit scholarship offers.
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.
With a student/teacher ratio of 8:1 and an average class size of 14, students make big connections with each other and their teachers, who know and pray for them by name. We understand how students learn, where they struggle, and what makes them tick. We know their greatest strengths, their secret aspirations, 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.
We understand that 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 and vary instruction to meet diverse learning styles.
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 affect positive change. 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.
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 listen later, our students think and listen intently 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, preparing them to emerge as leaders in college and in their professional lives.
Need to Skype with a quantum physicist in Denmark? No problem. How about program a robot? Done. Want to take a Flyover tour of Rome? You’re there. The world is our classroom at Dunham thanks to a curriculum that includes iPads, MacBooks, breakout boxes, 3D printers, robotics, coding, and explorations in the Innovation Labs. As a six-time Apple Distinguished School, we integrate technology and innovation into every classroom, enabling our students navigate the wonder and challenges of our world through experiences that build creativity, collaboration, and communication.
"Our students are the next generation of innovators, problem solvers, and game changers.”