New Family Information

Welcome, New Families!

We're thrilled that you're joining the Dunham community. To facilitate your transition into a new school and keep you informed over the summer, we've created this web page just for you. We also know that you may have additional questions not addressed on this page. Please feel free to reach out to the Admissions Office or one of our Division Offices at anytime. We're here to help, and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon.

Admissions Office

225-767-7097 ext. 324

Lower School Office

225-767-7097 ext. 310

Middle School Office

225-767-7097 ext. 331

Upper School Office

225-767-7097 ext. 311

Parent Portal

The Parent Portal on our website is designed to serve as your one-stop reference for all the information you may need throughout the school year. This is where you will find announcements and links that allow you to check grades and pay tuition online. The bottom of the page also contains a list of important resources, such as division handbooks, the holiday calendar, dress codes, and schedules.

Middle & Upper School Course Schedules

Core courses for the 2019-20 school year will be scheduled during the summer as the Division Heads review student files. Middle and Upper School students also have elective courses that are scheduled according to student preferences. Middle School elective selections must be made by submitting the online forms below. Please note that the deadline to submit this form is Friday, June 7.

6th grade elective request form
7th grade elective request form
8th grade elective request form 

Upper School elective course descriptions are noted below. Once your student's schedule is ready, you will be sent an Elective Request Form and a copy of the course descriptions. Please complete and submit this form to Amanda McIlwain by Friday, June 7. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Ashley D'Aubin at 225-767-7097 ext. 324.

9-12th grade elective descriptions

Summer Reading & Math Assignments

All new and returning K-12th grade students will have summer reading assignments, and all new and returning 5th-12th grade students will have summer math work to complete prior to the start of school. Please select the links below to view assignments. New Middle and Upper School students for 2019-2020 should email Sheri Goings to obtain their math assignments. 

Summer Reading
Summer Math

Middle & Upper School Summer Tech Training

All students entering Middle and Upper School are required to go through a technology training. During this training, students will review the acceptable use policy and explore the basics of the MacBooks and Google Drive. Training sessions are offered several times during the summer. Please click here to sign up for a tech training session. Those who do not sign up for summer training will be required to stay after school on the first day of school to complete their training. Students will not receive a MacBook until the training is completed.

Middle & Upper School Athletics

Many of our teams are having summer workouts and practices. If you have not received a schedule from your coach or have questions, please contact Athletic Director Neil Weiner. Upper School students who plan to participate in team sports next year must submit both the US LHSAA Forms (first-time participates only) and the Dunham Athletics Medical Packet (sports physical required).

Middle School students who plan to participate in team sports are only required to turn in the completed Athletics Medical Packet (sports physical required).

Dunham Athletics Packet

Dress Code & Uniforms

All Dunham students wear uniforms purchased through Lands End. There are also a few approved items available in our Tiger Rags Spirit Store. Each division has guidelines for regular "daily dress" as well as required chapel or "formal dress" (daily dress only for PK3 and PK4 students). For more information about division dress codes and uniforms, please select the appropriate link below.

PK3/PK4 Dress Code
K-4th Grade Daily & Chapel Dress Code
5th-8th Grade Daily & Chapel Dress Code
9th-12th Grade Daily & Chapel Dress Code

Uniform Try-On Days: Our Tiger Rags spirit store will be open on June 10, 17, 24, 25 (10:00 am-3:00 pm) and July 8-11 (10:00 am-3:00 pm) if you'd like to stop by and try on uniforms before placing your Lands' End order.

Health & Wellness

Thanks to a partnership with Ochsner Medical Center, we have a full-time nurse on staff who oversees our health and wellness program. In compliance with current government HIPPA regulations, student medical records and medications are stored securely in the nurse's office. In addition, in compliance with Louisiana state law, all medications, including over-the-counter items such as Tylenol and Advil, must have a doctor's signature to be administered at school.

All new students are required to submit their immunization records along with the following three forms prior to the start of school:

2019-2020 Student Health Information Form
Louisiana Medication Order & Parental Consent Form
Over-the-Counter Medication Authorization Form

When completed, the forms and immunization records should be sent to the student's division office via email or in a sealed envelope. If you have any questions please contact your child's division office or our school nurse, Connie Jenkins.

Back-to-School Information

Lower and Middle School Back-to-School Packets are posted under "Related Links" on the Parent Portal. Please make sure you have reviewed the information and submitted any necessary forms prior to the start of school. Upper School does not have an online packet; however, please make sure you have reviewed the US supply list and athletic forms (also found on the Parent Portal). If you have any questions, please contact your division office.

Mark your calendars for these important dates back-to-school dates:

New family breakfast and student orientation  
Wednesday, August 7
New Family Breakfast, 7:30-8:30 am
New Student Orientation, 8:45-10:00 am

First Day of School  
Thursday, August 8 (2nd-12th grade)  
Tuesday, August 13 (PK3-1st Grade; half-day)

Back-to-School Nights (parents only)  
Middle School: Tuesday, August 13, 6:30-8:00 pm
Upper School: Thursday, August 15, 6:30-8:00 pm
Lower School: Tuesday, August 27, 6:30-8:00 pm

Back-to-School Parties

Kindergarten-9th Grade Back-to-School parties will take place in late July and early August. Details for class parties can be found here. Please note that the list will be updated as details become available.

Parent-School Communication

You will receive letters and email communications from your child's division head and teachers. Please make sure to let your Division Office know if any of your contact information, including your preferred email address, changes during the school year. Important announcements, parent resources, and links will also be posted to the Parent Portal on our website and in the Daily Spirit, our e-newsletter. To sign up for the Daily Spirit, add your email address here.

Phone numbers and email addresses for school divisions and key departments can be found here. Teacher email addresses can be found here by division.

We also invite you to follow us on our social media sites:

School Calendar

A link to the school calendar can be found on the top right of every page on our website. The default setting will show you all school events, but the calendar is searchable by division and department. You also have the option to adjust the calendar settings from monthly to daily view.

We can't wait to welcome you!