Learning is collaborative in the Harkness classroom, where there's nowhere to hide—no desks in the back and no classmates in the front. Seated around the large, oval conference table, students share their insights and explore ideas from an assigned reading, equipped to support their claims with textual evidence. Speaking as they see fit rather than waiting to be called on by the teacher, students work together to solve problems and uncover truths.
In an era when most people speak first and think later, Harkness relies on the power of listening—actively, empathetically, and critically. Beyond opening the mind to divergent points of view and perspectives, understanding how to listen prepares our graduates to lead more effectively in college and in their professional lives.
With nearly 20 years of success behind us, we're proud to say we led the way by introducing Baton Rouge students to Harkness, a discussion-based learning method first adopted by Phillips Exeter Academy and now used by many of the top independent schools across the country.
Our PreK3-4th grade program is the perfect blend of a classical education combined with technology, innovation, and cross-cultural literacy.
Our 5th-8th grade program balances academics with athletics and arts in preparation for the rigor and expectations of Upper School.
Our high school program prepares students for success in college and career through academic rigor, athletics, arts, and leadership.
Our athletic program unleashes confidence and enables students to compete at the highest level - on and off of the field.
Outstanding theater, dance, visual arts, and music offerings inspire creativity, confidence, and a lifelong appreciation for the arts.
The Dunham experience rests upon a foundation of faith as we strive to educate our students' minds and hearts for Christ.