Student Life

Town Council

Early in the school year each grade elects student representatives to serve on the Middle School Town Council. The council is set up as an organization in service to the school and the community- and serves as a forum for student affairs.  


Passageways supports students in their transition to the “culture of middle school.”

This sixth grade class deals with such non-academic aspects of school life as friendship, trusting oneself and others, setting goals, establishing a positive classroom climate, creating a culture of respect and appreciation, and managing stress—among many others.

The seventh and eighth grade Passageways classes combine curriculum elements from state standards for health and wellness with reflective and team-building activities. Topics covered include healthy relationships and personal boundaries, discernment and empathy, media and peer pressure, and stereotypes and bias, among others. 

Passageways works concurrently with Dawson’s character education and anti-bullying initiatives by fostering connection, building community, and cultivating character—measures that support our ongoing efforts to enhance our students’ understanding of and appreciation for themselves and others.

Peer Leaders

In the spring, seventh grade students may apply to be Peer Leaders during their eighth grade year. These students will meet regularly with fifth and sixth graders in order to help them assimilate to the middle school and to promote a larger sense of community.


To nurture individual interests, seventh and eighth grade students can participate in clubs such as rocketry, design thinking, leadership, or public speaking.  Eighth grade students may also participate in a number of Upper School clubs that are open to them.