Part of what keeps a school performing well year after year is the legacy it has built. The most effective schools support great teaching and learning while empowering teachers to communicate, collaborate, reflect, inquire, and innovate. A school’s culture is made up of the traditions, expectations, and interactions that take place. Beliefs, values, and actions spread the farthest when learning is actively happening at every level. As one of the most innovative schools in the country, Dunham offers and individualized approach to learning for each student, small classes, a curriculum infused with technology, and amazing teachers who inspire students to envision a future full of possibilities.
“Today, as we reflect on how far we have come from the small school that first opened in 1981 at The Chapel on the Campus, we are reminded that God’s vision has always been bigger than our dreams. Thanks to the efforts of our administration, board, faculty and staff, the stewardship of our generous donors, nearly 2,000 alumni and the steadfast prayers of many, The Dunham School has become the leading Christian college preparatory school in Baton Rouge, serving approximately 760 students from two-years-old through 12th grade.”
─ Steve Eagleton, Head of School
Five Baton Rouge families joined together in prayer, committed to forming a college preparatory school grounded in Christian faith and principles. As the Koch, Love, Michaelson, Tabb, and Snoddy families began the complex task of integrating faith and learning, they established three pillars of purpose—academics, arts, and athletics—all resting upon a foundational faith in Jesus Christ. Their dreams formed the vision behind The Dunham School’s mission to educate minds and hearts for Christ.
The Chapel School officially opened at The Chapel on the Campus Church on the LSU campus with an enrollment of 89 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. In that same year, Trafton Academy opened its high school on Roy Emerson Drive, the current site of The Dunham School.
The Chapel School moved to a new location, and, by 1985, the school had outgrown that campus.
The name of the school officially changed to The Chapel Trafton School.
The school was renamed The Dunham School in honor of longtime supporter Mrs. Katharine O. Dunham.
Harkness learning, a lively student-centered, discussion-based teaching method is implemented.
Dunham is named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
The McKay Academic Center for Excellence opens.
A 1-to-1 technology program in partnership with Apple, Inc.
Dunham receives its first Apple Distinguished School Award.
Cited as one of the most innovative schools in the country, Dunham is selected to participate in national research projects by Gallup, Inc., and Apple.
The school receives its seventh consecutive Apple Distinguished School Award.
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dunham quickly and seamlessly transitions to distance learning in March before fully reopening for face-to-face learning at the start of the 2020-2021 school year in August with 760 students in grades PK3-12th grade.
The school announces the launch of the Dunham Early Childhood Center for two-year-old students.
At Dunham, learning goes beyond the classroom. In addition to an academic program that includes STEM, robotics, and coding, as well as fine arts and competitive athletic programs, students benefit from a wide array of community service, leadership, enrichment, and travel opportunities designed to help students broaden their horizons, find shared interests, express their school pride, and grow in faith. To learn more about The Dunham School, visit dunhamschool.org or call 225-767-7097 to schedule a tour.