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PK-12
Private
Baton Rouge, LA
Students enrolled: 802
 

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11111 Roy Emerson Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

(225) 767-7097
(225) 767-7056
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August 14, 2015
Genuine caring teachers and truly christian atmosphere. My two children learn very differently and both are challenged at the optimum level and are thriving. They have the ability to meet individual needs better than any school I have experienced.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Too much
June 24, 2015
Teachers feel so much pressure to teach at the college prep level, they forget how to teach at the high school level.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Disagree
June 24, 2015
No, the faculty encourages kids to be leaders, then micromanages their every move. All original ideas are usually rejected by faculty who always assume the kids are going to misbehave.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Neutral
June 24, 2015
It's not the school that makes these kids nice people. It's their parents, despite the fact that the school tries to take full credit for them.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly agree
June 24, 2015
The nice kids are the best thing about this school. $20,000 plus is a lot to pay for nice kids.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2015
So sad to have seen the school consistently decline over the years. New buildings do not make the school.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2014
Dunham is a school like NO other! Wonderful experience to have been a student and now a parent of a child who has been there 3 years ... truly the best school in Baton Rouge!

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2014
My family has been at Dunham for 8 years, and I am so thankful for what Dunham has done for my children and has meant to my family! My children are encouraged to reach their full potential academically as well as to flourish in the arts and athletics. No school is perfect; and every school has problems. With Dunham's small class comes higher tuition. But, having teachers/coaches who know my children and invest in their lives the way The Dunham School does is worth it. Blessed to be a part of this school!

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2014
I have two children that currently attend Dunham. I have had children in the catholic school system and public and I can truly say that Dunham is the most Christian, loving, and nurturing school in Baton Rouge. Not only has Dunham challenged my children educationally they do a wonderful job of teaching Christian morals and values. At other schools we have been told "we can't help your child". Dunham will never tell you they can not help your child learn to the best of their ability. My two children learn differently, and Dunham has offered our children an individualized education that will help them in weak areas and challenge them in areas where they excel. The faculty truly cares about our children and our family. My children have been loved and nurtured at Dunham, they love going to school everyday. Dunham has become not just a school it has become our family. We love the small classes and the individualized attention that our children receive. My husband and I are extremely happy with Dunham and can not imagine sending our children any where else.

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2014
As a graduate, I can say that this school is what you make of it. I really loved my experience here, and I was definitely academically prepared for college. I had the opportunity to take multiple AP courses and earn successful scores because of my teachers. I had great relationships with the faculty; they truly cared about me and wanted me to succeed. So, if any parents are reading this, please know that this school is not "easy" (as other parents are saying) unless you make it easy. Dunham offers students the opportunity to take harder classes, but only a handful of students are willing to take the challenge. Personally, I believe that sending me to this school was the best decision my parents have made for me. Dunham prepared me both spiritually and academically for the steps beyond high school.

- submitted by a community member

November 10, 2014
The Dunham School has helped my family call Baton Rouge home! The school has a welcoming atmosphere that you feel when you walk onto campus. Never do you pass someone without saying hello. The small class size has allowed for my child to receive instruction on his level. The Dining Hall is excellent with local ingredients and healthy choices ... encouraging my child to try something new! The Harkness Method allows students to find their voice at a table setting. Dunham students learn how to participate in productive group conversations. The technology is the BEST in the city ... recognized 4 times as an Apple Distinguished School. No other school in the city can say that! Each day I feel blessed to drive onto the campus!!

- submitted by a parent

October 23, 2014
This school is expensive and only increasing tuition. You might want to check out the other schools in the area that have more programs in place already.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2014
Dunham is exactly what my husband and I want for our daughters. The education is perfectly tailored for each students. Having gone to a private Christian school as a student myself, I know that there is a broad spectrum of independent schools and thier quality. Dunham is of the highest quality in Christian education. Their approach to teaching students challenges and grows each student in a safe and secure environment. We have had 8 different classroom teachers and many more enrichment teachers and our girls have been loved, been challenged by, and encouraged by each one. We wanted a Christian school where they would learn the Truth and see Jesus in the lives of their teachers while being given the best possible education. That is exactly what Dunham has given to them both. From the carpool drop off to the pick up after their many after school clubs and opportunities, we have nothing but the highest praise for Dunham and its faculty and staff! Thanks for such a great experience! We look forward to many wonderful years at Dunham in the future.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2014
Most of the students and teachers at this school are very friendly and nice, but the administration seems to be having problems. Dunham is getting into financial trouble, and it is impacting the whole school.

- submitted by a community member

March 01, 2014
In reference to the last post... I don't think God approves of using the Dunham school to charge $24,000 for incompetent programs and teachers. These parents that come to the Mac center are looking for a place for their children with learning disabilities to help them. I don't think they expect them to fall way behind due to lack of a true program. This was the case for my child. He want there for 5th grade...I changed schools and he was very behind! I believe this program is in big trouble!

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2014
Seriously.!!!!... Obviously the children of the posters below didnt attend the Mac Center!!! I don't think God ment for the Dunham school to be charging $24,000 for this ridiculous excuse of a program!!!

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2014
I have never seen a school like Dunham. Their entire approach to education is vastly different from any college prep school or Christian school. They truly seek to develop and maximize the unique abilities of every child. They are compelled to strive for excellence in every facet of the school knowing that God desires everyone to do our absolute best in everything we do so we bring glory to Him. God doesn't want mediocrity....he wants our BEST! This means rigor and discipine in academics, athletics, arts and spiritual life. Dunham students learn how to collaborate and think critically through proven methods like Harkness. Dunham prepares kids for life well beyond college through an education that shapes minds and hearts. The school incorporate a biblical worldview in all curriculm. Most prep schools are primariy focused on accepting the very best students and catering to the students with the highest academic ability through designed instruction that teaches students information that will be on standardized college acceptance exams. Dunham teaches students to love learning, acquire knowledge and apply that knowledge. God is using The Dunham School to imact kids in amazing ways!

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2014
We have been at The Dunham School for 9 years and love it. I am so grateful for the dedication and commitment the faculty show to our children. I love knowing that their teachers and coaches are rooting for them, investing in them, and praying for them.

- submitted by a parent

February 03, 2014
I agree with the other posters . This school is very expensive....the teaching and programs just aren't there! Not at all worth the HIGH tuition ... and I agree with the comments below about the Mac center...and that is..hope you dont need to use it!! PLEASE DONT REMOVE! Thanks.

- submitted by a parent

January 15, 2014
Two of my children have graduated from Dunham and I have two others still attending. No school is perfect, but with that being said, Dunham teaches them critical thinking in small student/teacher ratio classes. They are Christ centered in their approach in teaching a Christian Worldview. My two graduates are thriving in college and medical school with such an excellent foundation from Dunham. They have ramped up the academics over the last decade with excellent results. The Dunham Community of parents and teachers is to notch- helped our family through lots of difficult circumstances. THANK YOU to Dunham for helping my children reach their potential.

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2013
Our children have been students at Dunham for several years now. We couldn't be happier with the decision to enroll them here. My kids are academically challenged by teachers that genuinely care about them. Their academic schedules are designed around their strengths; as parents of bright, gifted kids, I love knowing they are challenged at every opportunity. Sports are great; teachers are fantastic, and the other involved families are raising their kids the same way we are. This is a GREAT school, and we are blessed to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2012
As a former student and athlete for my entire duration at Dunham, I'd like to give my input. As far as the bullying claims go, I don't doubt that it does occur from time to time simply because it occurs at EVERY single school in some form. Yes, even Episcopal, Parkview or any other Private/religion-based school. I hope the victim of the previous case is able to start fresh and rebound from the incident. That being said, Dunham is still a great school. It's unfair to judge the entire school on one or a handful of "bad eggs" from a class. There will always be that group of kids or that one kid who is attention-starved and will do whatever it takes to get the attention of their peers, even if it's negative. I think all you can do as a parent is to daily encourage your child to stand up for what is right and as an example even if it goes against the grain. Bc I will tell you those bad eggs in high school are also in college and there are a lot more of them. It's a lot better to learn how to deal with peer pressure in high school then college, when the consequences are a lot more serious. One final note-don't believe everything u hear from kids in high school EVEN with bullying. KidsFib

- submitted by a community member

February 12, 2012
My family has been affiliated with the Dunham School for six years. I have read posts below suggesting that Dunham has a bullying problem and that the school does not listen to parents' concerns. This has not been our experience. Bullying exists in every school on some level, and when our son experienced a minor bullying issue, it was swiftly dealt with by the lower school principal. Similarly, Dunham is not an inexpensive school. It is predominantly school for upper middle class and affluent families seeking a college preparatory education that includes a strong Christian influence. It embraces diversity and provides some scholarships, but some families do not appreciate that Dunham is working to be a peer of the nation's elite independent schools. The school is sensitive to the cost of a Dunham education and the budgets of its families, but tuition will likely continue to rise annually, a d families will be expected to support fundraising and building campaigns as The Dunham School continues to grow and build its reputation and academic and athletic programs.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2012
I taught at The Dunham School and wouldn't consider sending my children to any other school. It is truly a community that rallies around it families. Well balanced children who make positive contributions to society and eternity is the mission of the faculty and staff at the school. I think that they do an incredible job at fulfilling this mission.

- submitted by a teacher

January 25, 2012
My daughter is in her first year at Dunham for 7th grade and could not be happier. She has blossomed and the kids and teachers have been wonderful. This has been the best thing for my child and I'm looking forward to the next 5 years at Dunham.

- submitted by a parent

January 09, 2012
My son attended Dunham and graduated last year. It is a wonderful school, with a very warm and caring atmosphere and attitude. It is well worth the money and is the best investment financially a parent can make, your child's education and their future!! The academic and spiritual emphasis is high and the school is well rounded with all the sports, music, drama and art programs as well. I am very thankful that my child had the opportunity to attend this fine school. He never experienced or witnessed any bullying as I noticed one other parent has stated several times.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2011
The Dunham School is an average school academically that charges a ridiculously high tuition for the academic experience that it provides. It suffers from the "little rich white kid" syndrome and has a horrible bullying problem that lurks beneath its surface. They purport to be a "Christian" SCHOOL, BUT DO NOTHING TO STOP THE PROBLEMS. For the money charged, you are much better off going to Episcopal.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2011
I have been at this school since Pre-K, and I believe that no other school in Baton Rouge can compare with it. The teachers are great. They challenge you without giving you too much homework. I have never come across a mean teacher at this school. I believe that this school deserves a five-star rating.

- submitted by a community member

April 21, 2011
I have an elementary and high school student at Dunham. The elementary side is organized with a diverse, well developed curriculum. The high school side is good in certain areas; however, the programs for high school students is limited considering tuition is 12K. The high school administrators do no listen to parents as is stated here by many others. Also, many parents are not very friendly (snobbish and arrogant). Girl sports (except volleyball) is horrible. The parents nor most of the girls seem to have a real commitment. Many of the kids act like rich, spoiled brats who do not know what it is to work hard for success. Overall, I am not completely satisfied with the school, but my high school student will finish at Dunham because I can am more satisfied than dissatisfied with the education she is getting. However, I am not sure about my younger child remaining after the older graduate. I think the small things at Dunham can be fixed, but the administration has to listen to the middle class parents (who have a genuine concern) as oppossed to the rich donors whose kids are there because they cant make it anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2011
When a relative went to the school office to withdraw her stepsons, the secretary(ies) were rude to her. I have visited many public and private schools in the Baton Rouge area and never encountered rude secretaries. One should expect high levels of employee professionalism at both public and private schools.

- submitted by a community member

March 22, 2011
I removed both of my children from this school after repeatedly asking for the bullying issue to be addressed. They talk the talk but rarely walk the walk....

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2011
We adore Dunham. It is an incredible Christ centered Community. Dunham truly educates the whole child - academically, spiritually and physically. We are thankful for the influence it has had in our children's lives.

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2010
I was attending Dunham in eighth grade last year for one semester. I was originally put in a Latin class, but after the faculty flip-flopped my schedule around they eventually moved me to Spanish I. I had never taken spanish before and didn't know why they would put me in a high school credited class, with a subject I had not taken before. After completing the semester I moved to a different school. Later on I found out I had to take Algebra I again because Dunham had not given me half credit for Algebra. The environment is good, the teaching is good quality, the teachers themselves can sometimes be a pain to get along with, but faculty members do not pay attention to student or parent complaints appropriately. I have also heard of some issues regarding bribery, to my knowledge the end result of this incident lead to the firing a faculty member.

- submitted by a community member

October 11, 2010
Bullying at this school has never been addressed by the administration. Leadership is lacking. Large donations are expected.

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2009
administration has a problem listening to parents of students.

- submitted by a parent

May 28, 2008
Dunham is a wonderful school. All of the students enjoy it, and the atmosphere is one you will take with you wherever you go. This school truly helped me to grow closer to Christ, and I cannot imagine attending anywhere else! Its amazing.

- submitted by a student

March 14, 2008
Dunham is an absolutely fantastic school. My two children are in school there, and I could not be happier. In addition to outstanding instruction, the school provides a warm, loving atmosphere. It truly lives up to its motto of an 'education of the heart.' Dunham is a special school.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2008
I was a student at Dunham from kindergarten to 12th grade. I attended the school in the days when it was called Chapel Trafton. My experience at the school was quite rewarding. The teachers are some of the most caring people you will meet, and they truly care about the students. While some of the administration tends to get caught up in rules, honor codes, and 24 hours policies, the overall operation of the school is quite efficient and orderly.

- submitted by a student

July 16, 2007
The Dunham School educates the hearts and minds of children for Christ. I knew this to be the mission statement ten years ago when I began teaching at Dunham. Since then, I have seen this mission bear fruit in the lives of my own children who are in fifth and second grade. Dunham is more than a school. It is a community which partners together for the education and support of children. Out in town, senior students walk by my children and know them by name. They've been their 'Tiger Buddies,' mentoring them, connecting with them, and getting to know them. From Pre-K to Senior, Dunham students are pushed to reach their intellectual potential, supported by nurturing arms, and undergirded by a foundation of faith. I am honored to be a part of the Dunham community, and I know it would be a blessing in the life of your family as well.

- submitted by a teacher

January 19, 2007
My two children came to the Dunham School 3 years ago from calvary chirstian school. My Daughter in 10th grade and my son in 5th grade They both love the school,teachers,and friends so much even they have a lot of school work, and home work. For the past 3 years my children have great time, good place,and make good grade. She plans to graduate her High School at Dunham

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2006
I am a student at the Dunham School and I love it. I have been going to this school since Pre-K and I would not go anywhere else in the country. The teachers are very kind and care about how you do in there class. The academics are challening but not overwelming, and the atheletics are endless with tradition. This school is great

- submitted by a student

July 06, 2006
My child had a hard time at Episcopal and so we moved him to Dunham. Over his year at Dunham I could not be more disapointed! He flew through the acidemics with all As and Bs! However he wasnt challenged at Dunham like he was at EHS. The teachers are so creul and just harsh! Where at EHS the are loving compashonet and disaplened.

- submitted by a parent

July 05, 2005
Both of my children have diagnosed learning disabilities. We were concerned with their ability to keep up with the academic pace at Dunham. Dunham has an excellent college prepratory cirriculm, and my children have been provided SUPERIOR academic support by the Dunham staff. I have no doubt that they will both be able to attend the college of their choice. Without the combination of academic excellence along with the personal attention of the staff, I believe my children would have fallen through the cracks elsewhere. They are encouraged to reach beyond their disabilities and be the absolute best they can be. We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful program.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2004
We absolutely love this school! The teachers are excellent and the environment is very nurturing. My child has excelled in this school academically, consistently scoring in the 90+ percentile on standardized tests. The respect and kindness provided by the teachers is reflected in the students behavior.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
I went to this school from K-12. It was a wonderful experience, and the education I received there has carried over into college. Your children would be well educated here and the learning environment is wonderful.

- submitted by a student

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The Dunham School
11111 Roy Emerson Drive, Baton Rouge, LA  70810
(225) 767-7097
Last modified The Dunham School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Dunham School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top