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Our doors are open every day to prospective students and their families. Our admissions staff would be delighted to visit and walk through the admissions process with you—in-person or virtually!

We encourage you to begin the admissions process by scheduling a campus visit that will allow you to meet with our director of enrollment management and receive a personal tour of our campus. If you prefer, you may schedule a virtual meeting and take a virtual tour at your leisure.

When you visit us, 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 challenging academic, athletic, arts, and leadership programs designed to enable students to meet their God-given potential now and in the future.

Upcoming Admissions Events:

PreK/K Play Day

Parents and children interested in enrolling in PreK-3, PreK-4 or Kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year are invited to live colorfully with us as we spend a morning exploring reading, art, and innovation activities. In addition to meeting our teachers and staff, children will have some goodies to take home as well! Because space is limited at this event, we ask that guests register in advance.

Register today!
Fall Open House

Come discover what makes Dunham the leading private school in Baton Rouge! Families with preschool through high-school aged students are invited to spend the morning with us to learn more about our faith-based college preparatory academic program, championship athletic teams, and inspiring fine arts opportunities. While walk-in guests are always welcome, we kindly ask that you register in advance so we can plan for the appropriate number of visitors.

Register today!

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Admissions Process

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.

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.

How to Apply

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  1. Schedule an interview and tour with our Admission Office (PK3-12)*
  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 (PK3-12 only);
  5. Schedule applicant interview (5-12 only).

    *Dunham Early Childhood Center: Families interested in registering for the Dunham Early Childhood Center will submit an online registration form. Please make sure you select Early Childhood Center as your entering grade to access the correct registration form. Once the form is submitted, a member of our staff will contact families to complete registration. Please note that Early Childhood Center students are not automatically eligible to enroll in PK3 the following year and must submit an application and complete the process outlined above.
Admissions Testing

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  1. Dunham Early Childhood Center
    There is no testing required to enroll in the Dunham Early Childhood Center's two-year-old program. However, students will need to sit for a screening prior to enrolling in PK3 the following year. To accommodate Early Childhood Center families, our staff will conduct the screening in the classroom setting during a normal school day.
  2. PK3-Grade 1
    Testing will be scheduled by the Admissions Office once an application has been received.
  3. 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 $140 fee payable directly to ISEE; families will also need a code from the Admissions Office to schedule a test.
  4. 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.

  5. 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

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  1. Dunham Early Childhood Center
    Dunham Early Childhood Center candidates will be notified on a rolling basis until all spots are filled.

    Early Decision

    PK3-12 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
    PK3-12 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.
Ready to submit your application?

Visit our admissions portal to begin your online application for grades PK3-12 or the registration form for the Dunham Early Childhood Center. You will be asked to create a username and password in order to save and submit your application (PK3-12) or registration form (Dunham Early Childhood Center). These login credentials will used sign enrollment and re-enrollment contracts and submit various school forms. If you have any questions or need assistance, please email our office or call us at (225) 767-7097 ext. 324.

International Admissions

Dunham's international student program is open to students entering grades 9-12. While enrolled at Dunham, international students reside with host families and participate in academics and extracurricular activities. For more information on international admissions and a complete schedule of fees and tuition, please contact Michelle Pricer.

Meet Our Admissions Staff

Michelle Pricer
Director of Enrollment Management

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Ashley D'Aubin '10
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Deborah Nelson
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Explore Dunham

LOWER SCHOOL

Our PreK3-4th grade program is the perfect blend of a classical education combined with technology, innovation, and cross-cultural literacy.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL

Our 5th-8th grade program balances academics with athletics and arts in preparation for the rigor and expectations of Upper School.

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UPPER SCHOOL

Our high school program prepares students for success in college and career through academic rigor, athletics, arts, and leadership.

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ATHLETICS

Our athletic program unleashes confidence and enables students to compete at the highest level - on and off of the field.

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FINE ARTS

Outstanding theater, dance, visual arts, and music offerings inspire creativity, confidence, and a lifelong appreciation for the arts.

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FAITH

The Dunham experience rests upon a foundation of faith as we strive to educate our students' minds and hearts for Christ.

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“At Dunham, we found a school environment with tradition, a culture with substance, and a leadership team focused on faith, kindness and professionalism. My fifth grader now has public speaking skills that adults struggle with. My four year old looks forward to the events and activities that her brother participated in. My children’s relationship with God has improved, and they have felt loved, supported, understood and challenged. And we are very blessed.” 
- Rachael Higginbotham, Dunham Parent

Upcoming Admissions Events

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