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SAIS Featured School: The Dunham School, Baton Rouge, LA

Tuesday, October 30, 2018  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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The Dunham School in Baton Rouge, LA, is an independent Christian school serving girls and boys in grades PK3-12. At Dunham, you’ll find intentionally small classes, where a blend of traditional and innovative teaching is combined with the latest technology to ignite creativity and intellectual curiosity. You’ll discover expert teachers who treasure each child as the individual he or she was created to be, and you’ll find challenging academic, athletic, fine arts, and leadership programs that enable students to meet their God-given potential now and in the future.


But it’s not just the college preparatory curriculum, cutting-edge technology, and innovative programs that single Dunham out as a leading independent school in Baton Rouge. It’s how the faculty and students use these resources every day — collaborating, problem solving, mentoring, communicating, learning, and leading — that’s unique. And it’s the Christ-like love modeled and lived out daily that creates a palpable and joyful spirit on the campus — a spirit that makes all the difference in preparing students for college and for life.


A Focus on STEM

Dunham’s STEM curriculum is aligned with next generation science standards and integrated across disciplines. Through course offerings in science, technology, computer science, engineering, and mathematics, as well as experiences in robotics, coding, design, in-depth research projects, and partnerships with industry experts, Dunham students are prepared for advanced study and careers in STEM fields.


Harkness Learning

The Harkness Method is used in all middle and upper school humanities classes, where students find and use their voices as they speak up, stake a claim, and defend an idea. Beyond opening the mind to divergent point of views and possibilities, Harkness prepares graduates to lead more effectively in college and in their professional lives.


Technology & Innovation

Believed to be the first school in the nation to receive six consecutive Apple Distinguished School Awards, Dunham has integrated technology across the curriculum to open up a world of endless resources and possibilities for students.


Dual Enrollment & Advanced Placement

Through a partnership with Lousiana State University, upper school students have the opportunity to earn college credit through dual enrollment courses and may gain additional credit through a robust Advanced Placement program that currently includes 25 AP courses.


Leadership Training

Students of all ages have numerous opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Once students reach upper school, they have the option to participate in the Institute of Leadership, a formal program that trains, empowers, and sends students out to make a difference by following Christ’s example of leading to serve others.


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