Upper School Archive

March 30, 2015

Dawson Student Explorers

“Dawson will be a school of student explorers who experience deep and practical learning that inspires them to bring their best to the world.” This aspiration begins the Educational Program section of the Dawson Strategic Plan and yes, this is a lofty goal - and yet talented Dawson students make... » read more
December 03, 2014

How Do We Best Assess Learning?

This has been an exciting fall at Dawson as we work on the implementation of our forward-thinking Strategic Plan. Dawson strives always to be “a school of student explorers who experience deep and practical learning that inspires them to bring their best to the world,” so then our focus must be on... » read more
September 18, 2014

Stretching to Make the 'Impossible' Possible

Hearing our Upper School students discussing their summer reading recently, I was reminded that one doesn’t always need to search for life’s lessons in the works of Dickens, Whitman, or Bronte: The same lessons can be learned in more modern literature like Divergent, The Hunger Games, and even... » read more
August 04, 2014

Top 12 Things You Need to Know For College

The Top 12 Things You Need to Know When Going Off to College By Stacy Hernandez, Director of College Counseling at Alexander Dawson School   To High School Graduates of the Class of 2014… Going off to college is both scary and exciting. It is an incredible opportunity to... » read more
May 05, 2014

Class of 2014

May 1 was national college decision day and members of the Class of 2014 at Dawson were no different than their national peers in that some of them came right down to the deadline to make a decision.  As a group, they were incredibly successful in the college admissions process and have chosen... » read more
April 03, 2014

Wolf Scholarship Winners

Each year, the Wolf family solicits applications from Dawson students for two different scholarship opportunities.  The award ($4,000 for each scholarship) is “designed to inspire students to pursue their intellectual passions, engender an eagerness to seek out learning opportunities beyond... » read more
February 24, 2014

Real-world Applications for Learning

Good teachers know that the best learning happens when students can see a practical application for the content they are studying.  At Dawson, teachers work very hard to capitalize on those times when subject specific content and knowledge can be applied to real-world problem solving. ... » read more
January 27, 2014

FCD Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program

Kari Yuen, a prevention specialist from Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD), visited with upper school students during the week of January 24.  In the time that she was here, she met daily with groups of sophomores to walk them through FCD’s four-day intensive curriculum.  One focus of... » read more
November 21, 2013

Read with your Children

This semester I have been teaching an African-American Literature course as part of our junior/senior elective program.  The class has been a place where eighteen students and I can grapple with the difficult issues of race, and identity.  As a way to include parents in some of the... » read more
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