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Overview of Dunn School

Dunn School is located in the Sanda Yaez Valley among mountains and picturesque scenery. The city of Santa Barbara is 30 miles to the southeast. Founded in 1957, it is one of the top private boarding schools in the US and has been recognised by the Association for Experiential Education as one of the top 7 private schools. The school has both AP and honors courses, as well as programs such as art, athletics and outdoor activities. Ranked among the top 100 secondary schools in the US, Dunn has produced many accomplished alumni and social elites.

Intro to Dunn School Summer Course

Dunn School Summer Course is for students in grades 8 to 10. Running over the course of four weeks, it aims to bring authentic American education to students, deepen their understanding of the essence of American education and culture. It also broadens international perspective, explores students’ potential and encourages students to develop their talents.

Why Choose Dunn School Summer Course?

  • Top Prep School in CA

    Dunn School is one of the top prep schools in California and it embraces a comprehensive education, with the goal of developing pupils’ knowledge, leadership and teamwork skills.

  • Experience the Essence of US Elite Culture

    ESL lessons teach general English knowledge and improve students’ level of spoken English. Optional lessons are also offered in core high school courses. During this class, students can have the chance to discover the essence of elite American education.

  • TOEFL Junior Test

    Before the course ends, students will sit a TOEFL Junior Test. Students who take this test will be able to gain a clear assessment of their English level. Therefore, they will be able to understand how to improve their grade and strengthen their school applications.


  • An Eye-opening Visit to Scenic Spots

    Participants will have the chance to join in many traditional American sporting activities, including going to watch a variety of sports games, playing baseball, and surfing on some of the most beautiful beaches in the US.

  • Your Own Overseas Study Mentor

    Our US consultant conducts an evaluation on the student and helps with their education plan before departure; accompanies and guides the student’s study and life abroad after arriving in the US; offer guidance to the student and fully prepare them for future study abroad after they return to China.

Course Details

Academic Course

The summer course is made up of a complete set of academic modules, including compulsory ESL programs and various optional programs, which help to improve students’ speech and confidence.

  • ESL

    This is a compulsory course that comprises of reading, writing and speaking. Authentic US school reading materials are prepared for the students and they are able to gain a deeper understanding of how to read and write in native English.

  • TOEFL Junior Test

    Before the course ends, the students will sit a TOEFL Junior Test, which will help the students to form a comprehensive understanding of their English level. Thus they will know how to improve their grades and strengthen their school and university applications.

  • Optional Programs

    An optional program may be selected for one week. Lessons such as tennis, water polo, horse riding, music, archery, cooking and museum studies are all available.

Excursions

Intense and exciting baseball games, surfing the vast expanse of beaches, and California mountain hiking, all of these will become unforgettable memories.

Activities

While having fun doing a variety of activities, students will get to know American culture from various aspects. They will develop their teamwork skills as well as good communication skills.

  • Reading & Homework

    Reading & Homework

    Every evening students will have an hour to finish the homework assigned by their teacher. It could be reading, writing or making a PowerPoint presentation. Our teacher on duty will make sure they finish their homework. Students will also be able to discuss their homework with the teacher during that time.

  • Morning Exercise & Dormitory Life

    Morning Exercise & Dormitory Life

    Morning exercises are different for each day. It could be running, climbing, playing football games, beach volleyball, rugby, badminton, or bodybuilding at the gym. Dormitory activities at night include grass surfing, water polo, baseball, Frisbee, board games, swimming etc.

Previous Courses

schedule

Itinerary Monday-Friday Saturday Sunday
AM

7:30 Assembly

7:45-9:15 Morning exercise

9:15-9:40 Breakfast

9:45-12:45 Compulsory lessons

12:45-13:30 Lunch & Break

9:00-10:00 Breakfast

9:00-10:00 Breakfast

10:00-12:00 Free time

12:00-12:30 Lunch

PM

13: 30-15:30 Optional lessons

15:30-17:00 Free time

17:00-17:45 Dinner

17:45-18:45 Free time

11:00-19:00 Excursion

12:30-14:30 Campus activities

14:30-15:00 Ice-cream

15:00-17:00 Free time

17:00-17:45 Dinner

Evening

18:45-19:45 Night activities

19:45-20:15 Dorm check

20:15-21:15 Self-study & homework check

22:00 Bedtime

19:00-22:00 Night activities

22:00-22:30 Get ready for bed

22:30 Bedtime

17:45-19:45 Night activities

19:45-20:15 Dorm check

20:15-21:15 Self-study & homework check

22:00 Bedtime

* Please note that this itinerary is subject to change due to bad weather or road conditions.