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The Dunham School seeks to enroll students who demonstrate the academic ability, character, and potential to successfully complete our college preparatory program and make a positive contribution to our school community. Admission to Dunham is both selective and thoughtful, with careful consideration given to a candidate's character, previous academic record, recommendations, and performance on admissions testing. Please note that we rarely accept seniors except in the case of relocation or other extenuating circumstances.
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Use our online application link. You will be asked to create a username and password in order to save and submit your application. If you have any questions or need assistance submitting your online application or registering for admissions testing, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're happy to help!

Interested in International Admissions?

The Dunham international student program is open to candidates for grades 9-12. While enrolled at Dunham, international students reside with host families and participate in academic and extracurricular activities. For more information about international enrollment and a complete schedule of tuition and fees, please contact the Admissions Office.

Michelle Pricer

Director of Enrollment Management

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Admissions Process

Please review the information below to learn more about our admissions process. We also invite you to check out our admissions calendar. We have a number of special events planned this year for applicant families, and we invite you to attend as many as your schedule will allow. To register for an event, simply click the corresponding calendar link or email Ashley D'Aubin.

How to Apply


  1. Schedule an interview and tour with our Admission Office.
  2. Submit an online application and non-refundable $100 application fee by December 1 for Lower School early decision notification or January 1 for Middle/Upper School early decision notification; candidates who apply after the early decision application deadlines are moved into our regular decision pool.
  3. Please note that the following required documents must be submitted along with the online application:  
    school and teacher recommendations;
    school transcript
    (1-12 only);
    report cards for previous two years (1-12 only);
    previous standardized test scores (1-12 only);
  4. Complete admissions testing.
  5. Schedule applicant interview (5-12 only).
Admissions Testing


  1. PK3-Grade 1
    Testing will be scheduled by the Admissions Office once an application has been received.
  2. Grades 2-10
    Candidates to grades 2-10 will take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Families must register in advance with ISEE. There is a $125 fee payable directly to ISEE; families will also need a code from the Admissions Office to schedule a test.
  3. Grades 11-12
    We will accept ACT scores for candidates to grades 11-12. Candidates who have not yet taken the ACT are required to take the ISEE. Please note that we rarely accept seniors except in the case of relocation or other extenuating circumstances.

    Please note: Lower School early decision candidates must sit for Admissions Testing by December 4; Middle/Upper School early decision candidates must sit for Admissions Testing by January 30.
  4. In some cases, the Admissions Office may request additional information or testing in order to obtain a more comprehensive assessment of a candidate's ability.
Admissions Notification


  1. Early Decision
    Candidates who meet the early decision application and testing deadlines will be given priority consideration and will be notified on a rolling basis as their applicant files are completed. Lower School early decision candidates will be notified on or before December 15; Middle/Upper School early decision candidates will be notified on or before February 4.
  2. Regular Decision
    Candidates who apply after the early decision application deadlines will be notified on a rolling basis as space allows following the enrollment of priority applicants and re-enrollment of current students.
  3. Waiting Pool
    Once a grade level becomes full, the School will maintain an unranked waiting pool and will offer enrollment contracts as vacancies occur.

The Dunham School does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, or national origin in its educational programs, admission policies, scholarships, or any of its school activities.

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