We talk about the Dunham difference and say that "the difference is everything," but that difference can be described in numerous ways depending upon each individual's experience.
A Christian school that focuses upon Christ is not different. However, the fact that students consistently commit their lives to Christ—in Bible studies, on retreats and at Chapel—is very different from the majority of other schools.
Teachers that care about their subject matter are not unusual, but teachers who willingly spend time before, during, after the school day and on weekends with students so they understand the material fully and are prepared for tests, are not the norm in every other school.
Having an international program is not unique. However, giving Chinese students Bibles in their native tongue and helping them understand who God is for the first time is a definitive difference.
New Dunham parents report overwhelmingly that their children are happy to go to school each day, accepted by their peers. They comment on how the teachers care and pray for their children; not the typical school experience and, in this day and age, unique and different.
As a college preparatory school, we aspire to have students achieve college placement at the highest levels possible. However, to help students discover their God-given purpose and be encouraged to live a life set apart as a practicing Christian is unique to our school.
The Dunham School is a special place, not because the people or families are exceptional (which they are). We are a special place because the Spirit of the living God resides here. Our faculty and staff are committed to the educational and Christian mission of the school in ways that are tangible for students and parents alike.
Our teachers know students by name, know who they are—how they achieve and how they struggle. We seek to understand, support and encourage them to lead and serve others. To follow Christ’s example is the most challenging aspect of any Christian’s life, and our faculty and staff treat students as young men and women who are maturing in that endeavor.
In John 13:34-35, Christ encouraged his disciples, saying, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Our earnest goal is that students feel that Christ-like love from our teachers every day, while we challenge them to strive for excellence in all things.
It is a privilege to serve the kingdom, to serve The Dunham School and to live the difference every day.
May God bless you,
Steven A. Eagleton