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 contact the admissions office or your division office. We're here to help and look forward to having you with us in August.
early childhood center
225-767-7097 ext. 310
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Lower School
225-767-7097 ext. 310
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Middle School
225-767-7097 ext. 331
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Upper School
225-767-7097 ext. 311
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Parent-School Communication

You will receive letters and email communications from your child's division head and teachers. Emergency communications, such as notification of school closure due to inclement weather, will be delivered via phone call, text message, and email. Therefore, it is important that you 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. If you are not receiving the Daily Spirit, please contact your division office.

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 menu bar on our website. While the default setting will display all school events, you may search events to display by division or department. You also have the option to adjust the calendar settings from monthly to daily view.

Middle & Upper School Course Schedules

Core courses for the 2022-23 school year will be scheduled during the summer as the division heads review student files. Students in grades 6-12 also have elective courses that are scheduled according to student preferences. New students should expect to be contacted by their division head with information about course selection. If you have not received a communication by July 1, please contact your division office.

Middle School Elective Course Selection Forms

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade

Summer Reading & Math Assignments

All new and returning K-12 students will have summer reading assignments, and all new and returning 6th-12th grade students will have summer math work to complete prior to the start of school. Although new fifth grade students are not required to complete summer math assignments, they are encouraged to review math facts and math concepts from the previous school year. Please select the links below to view assignments. 

Summer Reading

Summer Math

Middle & Upper School Summer Tech Training

All students entering Middle and Upper School should plan to attend technology training prior to the first day of school. During this training, students will review the acceptable use policy and explore the basics of the MacBook and Google Drive. Training sessions planned for Thursday, June 9, Wednesday, July 27 (US), Wednesday, August 3 (US), Thursday, July 28 (MS), and Thursday, August 4 (MS).  A link to sign up for Tech Training on one of these days will be sent to new families over the summer. 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.

Student Health Packets

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 applicable forms noted below. When completed, health forms and immunization records should be sent to the student's division office via email or in a sealed envelope by July 31. If you have any questions, please contact your child's division office or our school nurse, Connie Jenkins.

Student Health Information Form
If you have not previously completed a student health information form, please do so for the 2022-2023 school year. A new form is not required each year unless the student's medical status has changed.

State of Louisiana Medication Order and Parental Consent Form
Prescription medication that needs to be administered at school must be accompanied by this form signed by a primary care physician along with the parental consent form (found on page two). Students who do not take prescription medication at school do not need to submit this form. If medication is prescribed during the school year that needs to be administered by our school nurse, the form will need to be filled out and submitted at that time. Prescribed medications are to be brought in the prescription bottle with the prescription label and signed in by a parent or legal guardian in the nurse's office. Medication policies do not permit students to bring medications to school or deliver them to the nurses's office.

Over the Counter Medication Authorization
Dunham provides limited over the counter medications that can be administered to Middle and Upper School students only when this authorization form has been signed by both a parent or legal guardian and a primary care provider. A new authorization form does not need to be submitted each year unless the student's medical status has changed.

Middle & Upper School Athletics

Middle School Athletics

Our Middle School program focuses on installing the techniques and strategies for each sport that will be used at the Upper School level, all the while trying to point our young people to Christ. Our teams participate in different leagues, and most of the competitions take place on weeknights. Middle School students may sign up for fall teams here. Please note that all participants must be cleared by a medical professional and submit the required athletic forms (noted below).If you have questions, please email Middle School Athletic Director Matt Smith.

2022-2023 Middle School Sports Offerings
(FALL) Cross-Country - Boys & Girls
(FALL) Swimming - Boys & Girls
(FALL) Softball - Girls
(FALL) Football - Boys
(FALL) Tennis - Boys & Girls
(WINTER) Basketball - Boys & Girls
(WINTER) Soccer - Boys & Girls
(WINTER) Wrestling - Boys
(SPRING) Volleyball - Girls
(SPRING) Track & Field - Boys & Girls

Upper School Athletics

All of our Upper School teams are sanctioned by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA). Every student-athlete will be registered with the LHSAA and must be eligible to participate in competition. There are several rules involving eligibility including academics and residency. If you have any questions regarding eligibility rules or about Upper School athletics, please contact Athletic Director Neil Weiner. To sign up for a team, please email the head coach listed below for each sport. Please note that all participants must be cleared by a medical professional and submit the required athletic forms (as noted below).

2022-2023 Upper School Sports Offerings
(FALL) Cross-Country - Boys & Girls; Coach Aaron Nasers
(FALL) Swimming - Boys & Girls; Coach Hilary Morris
(FALL) Volleyball - Girls; Coach Donna Pixley
(FALL) Football - Boys; Coach Neil Weiner
(WINTER) Basketball - Boys & Girl Coach Chad Myers (boys); Coach Hilary Morris (girls)
(WINTER) Soccer - Boys & Girls; Coach Paul Fletcher (boys); Coach Angie Mitchell (girls)
(WINTER) Wrestling - Boys; Coach Brad Goudeau
(SPRING) Softball - Girls; Coach Jeff Hand
(SPRING) Baseball - Boys; Coach Wes Theriot
(SPRING) Golf - Boys & Girls; Coach Charlie Turner (boys); Coach Sharon Towry (girls)
(SPRING) Tennis - Boys & Girls; Coach Chad Myers
(SPRING) Track & Field - Boys & Girls; Coach Aaron Nasers

Required Athletic Forms

Middle and Upper School students who plan to participate in team sports next year must turn in the required athletic forms. Upper School athletes must submit both the Upper School LHSAA Packet (first-time participates only) and the Annual Dunham Athletics Medical Packet (sports physical required). Middle School athletes are only required to turn in the completed Annual Dunham Athletics Medical Packet (sports physical required). If you have any questions about Dunham Athletics, please contact Athletic Director Neil Weiner.

Annual Dunham Athletics Medical Packet

Upper School LHSAA Athletic Packet (first-time Upper School participants only)

Dress Code & Uniforms

All Dunham students wear uniforms purchased through Lands' End. There are also a few approved items available in our Tiger Roar Spirit Store located in the Middle School Gym. Each division has guidelines for regular "daily dress" as well as required chapel or "formal dress" (daily dress only for PK3 and PK4 students). Two-year olds in the Dunham Early Childhood Center do not wear uniforms. 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

The Dunham Parents Association's Used Uniform Sale will held on Saturday, June 18, from 9:00-11:00 am, in the Middle School Gym.

Summer Programs

Our summer opportunities include a traditional day camp as well as enrichment camps in arts, academics, athletics, STEM, and much more. Attending one or more of our summer camps is a great way for new students to meet teachers and peers and familiarize themselves with our campus. Please take a moment to review our summer schedule and sign up for camps and workshops they may be of interest. If you have any questions, please contact Bekah Myers.

Aftercare/Enrichment

Aftercare runs from 3:15-6:00 pm* each day school is in session and is available on a daily or drop-in basis. Our Aftercare Program serves children in PreK3-4th grade who are kept busy and entertained through indoor and outdoor play and educational activities led by our CPR-trained staff.  Our Study Hall Program serves children in grades 5-8 with an extended period of time for homework or study. A variety of after school enrichment classes are offered each year. Students who are enrolled in Aftercare or Study Hall may sign up for enrichments and will be escorted to and from class by our staff. For more information, please visit our Aftercare & Enrichment page. If you have any questions, please contact Bekah Myers.

*Aftercare begins at 2:00 pm daily for PreK3, PreK4, and kindergarten students and at 3:30 pm for grades 5-8. If your child is in our new two-year-old program in the Dunham Early Childhood Center, please visit the ECC web page to learn more about your aftercare options.

Back-to-School Parties & Information

Kindergarten-8th Grade Back-to-School parties will take place the last few weeks in July or the first week in August. More information, including dates, times, and locations by grade over the summer. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Istre.

The Lower School back-to-school packet can be found here and the Middle School back-to-school packet can be found here. Upper School back-to-school information will be sent to you in July. Please make sure you have reviewed the information and submitted any necessary forms prior to the start of school. If you do not receive a communication by July 22 or if you have any questions, please contact your division office.

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

ECC Meet and Greet for Families and Teachers
Friday, July 29; 2:00-4:00 pm
Saturday, July 30; 9:00-11:00 am
You will receive a communication with a sign-up link over the summer.

New Family Breakfast and Student Orientation
(for new families in grades 2-12 only)

Wednesday, August 10
New Family Breakfast, 7:30-8:45 am; Rollins Family Dining Hall
MS/US New Student & Parent Orientation; 8:45-9:30 am; Rollins Family Dining Hall
LS New Student & Parent Orientation: 9:00-10:00 am; Ellison Reading & Research Center
MS/US Tech Training; 9:45-11:00 am; McVea Quest Center

PreK/Kindergarten Home Visits
August 11, 12, and 15
Your child's teacher will contact you to schedule a convenient date and time.

1st Grade School Visits
August 11, 12, 15
The times for these classroom visits will be posted over the summer.

First Day of School
Monday, August 1 (ECC/Two-year olds) 
Thursday, August 11 (2nd-12th grade)  
Tuesday, August 16 (PK3-1st Grade; half-day)

Middle School Back-to-School Night (parents only)
Tuesday, August 16; 6:30 pm; Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center

Upper School Back-to-School Night (parents only)
Thursday, August 18; 6:30 pm; Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center

ECC Parent Coffee
Friday, August 19; 8:30-9:30 am; Rollins Family Dining Hall

New Parent Coffee
Friday, August 19; 8:30-9:30 am; Rollins Family Dining Hall

Lower School Back-to-School Night (parents only)
Tuesday, August 23; 6:30 pm; Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center

See You Soon!

We can't wait to welcome you!

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