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
Lower School
225-767-7097 ext. 310
Middle School
225-767-7097 ext. 331
Upper School
225-767-7097 ext. 311

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 2021-22 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. Middle School elective selections must be made by submitting the online forms below. Please note that the deadline to submit this form is Wednesday, July 1.

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

Upper School elective course descriptions are noted below. New students will receive a communication from Upper School Director Amanda McIlwain regarding course selection. If you do not receive an email from her by June 18 or have additional questions about the course selection process, please contact Mrs. McIlwain.

9-12th grade elective descriptions

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 10, and Wednesday, August 4, from 9:45-11:00 am (following New Student Orientation). The links 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.

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 If you have questions, please email Middle School Athletic Director Matt Smith.

2021-2022 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.

2021-2022 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 Jordyn Colomb
(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

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 19, from 9:00-11:00 am in the Rollins Family Dining Hall..

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 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, can be found here. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Istre.

Back-to-School information will be sent to you in July by your division office. 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 23 or if you have any questions, please contact your division office.

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

ECC/Two-Year Old Classroom Meet and Greets
Friday, July 30; 2-4 pm
Saturday, July 31; 9-11 am
Your child's teacher will contact you to schedule a convenient date and time.

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

Wednesday, August 4
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 5, 6, 7
Your child's teacher will contact you to schedule a convenient date and time.

1st Grade School Visits
August 5, 6, and 7
The times for these classroom visits will be posted over the summer.

First Day of School
Monday, August 2 (ECC/Two-year olds) 
Thursday, August 5 (2nd-12th grade)  
Tuesday, August 10 (PK3-1st Grade; half-day)

PK2 New Parent Coffee
Thursday, August 12; 8:30-9:30 am; Rollins Family Dining Hall

PreK/Kindergarten/1st Grade Parent Coffee
Friday, August 13; 8:30-9:30 am; Rollins Family Dining Hall

Middle School Back-to-School Night (parents only)
Tuesday, August 10; 6:30 pm; Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center

Upper School Back-to-School Night (parents only)
Thursday, August 12; 6:30 pm; Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center

Lower School Back-to-School Night (parents only)
Tuesday, August 24; 6:30 pm; Brown-Holt Chapel Arts Center

See You Soon!

We can't wait to welcome you!