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.
This, unfortunately, is the 3rd post I have made to this website warning interested parties about the poor academic quality of teachers at The Dunham School. It seems each post has somehow magically disappeared. I would not continue to try to re-post if I did not feel the importance of warning prospective parents and students. We pulled both of our children out of Dunham two years ago and couldn't be happier at Parkview! Oh was a difference warm, caring and compassionate teachers make! Very different from the judgmental, critical and harsh (yet primarily first year teachers) at Dunham. Even the teachers outwardly complain about the administration and many confidentially confess that they only stay because it is "easy" in that there are basically no expectations. It is unfortunate that so many children are being forced out because of the bullying of the administration. No wonder bullying is a problem among the students.
The Dunham School has insanely high tuition, and NO parent-teacher organization. The administration is abusing its power, forbidding parents, teachers, tutors, and aides to communicate except through them. We are pulling our child out. These tactics are better suited to Russia than to the US in 2014!
7 or 8 years ago, the administration of this school decided to build new buildings and make this school look nice from the outside. Unfortunately, they have not developed the academic programs at the same time. It becomes most apparent in high school, if your child is not chosen for the honors classes, they will be put in to classes with kids who are below average but their parents can afford the tuition so they can attend school there. This school is not academically selective at all. And the pace of these classes is very slow. The school will brag that the top 20% of the students average 29 on the ACT. The class average from last year was 24, so the bottom 20% average 19! They certainly don't mention that number! It is a shame, in my opinion, that the tuition has increased so much in the last several years with all of the new buildings, about $1000/yr, good families have been priced out.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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