A highly anticipated, weeklong experiential learning program that provides seventh through twelfth grade students with the opportunity to explore a wide range of educational options outside of the classroom, Winterim is one of many experiences that set a Dawson education apart from other schools.

With local, domestic and international experiences, Winterim strengthens the regular classroom curriculum by drawing students and teachers into activities and places that help bridge the gap between theory and real life. Faculty-designed programs support the mission of the school by requiring students to stretch themselves in mind, body, and character while exploring their education from an active, experiential perspective that goes beyond the conventional walls of the classroom.

Winterim Timeline & Details

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  • By Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

    Winterim Catalogs will be posted online.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

    9:45 a.m. Upper School Winterim Preview Assembly (Student Center)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

    10:10 a.m. 7/8 Winterim Preview Assembly (MS Kiva)
  • Sunday, Oct. 19, (10:00 a.m.) – Tuesday, Oct. 21 (10:00 p.m.)

    Online Winterim Registration

    CAREFULLY read the guidelines and procedures prior to registering
    **If you would like to petition for an Independent Winterim, please contact Melissa Barker, Director of Experiential Education, for the petition form. Completed petition forms are due to Ms. Barker no later than Wednesday, October 8, 2014.
  • Additional Online Registration Information (Oct. 19-21)

    During the three-day signup, you may register at your convenience; however, all registration must be completed by the 10:00 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, Oct. 21. 

    The site will lead you through the sign up process, which will require entering a credit card number and billing information. An initial charge of $1.00 per family will be charged after the checkout process in order to validate the entered credit card. You will not be able to complete the checkout process until the card is validated. 

    The online registration system will then place your child in a Winterim using his or her 1) assigned lottery number 2) his or her prioritized selections that you entered online, and 3) Winterim availability. 

    The online registration system will notify each family of its children(s) respective Winterim placement the week of October 27 via the email you enter into the registration system. At that time, the full cost of their selected Winterim will be charged to the credit card that was validated. 

    If your family will not have a credit card for this registration process, please make an appointment with the Business Manager, David Crawford, for Monday 10/20 or Tuesday 10/21 to complete the Winterim registration. Contact David at dcrawford@dawsonschool.org or 303-665-6679 ext 401.

2015 Winterim Experiences

Fifth Grade: Cal-Wood
Sixth Grade: Keystone

7/8 Trips 
*Around The World: South Edition
*Backpacking In Utah
*Diversity of the Species
*France (7-9)
*Front Range Fun
*Maker Madness
*Scuba Diving Certification
*Washington, D.C.

Upper School Trips
*Big Sky Country
*Build a Chair
*Canada, Oh Canada
*Cirque du Dawson
*Civil Rights and the Blues
*The Complete Skier
*Digital Music Production
*Ecuador and the Galapagos
*Food, Culture, and Community
*France (Grade 9 only)
*Game Changers
*Glass Blowing
*Great Britain
*Maker Madness
*Mid-Atlantic College Tour (Grades 10-11 only)
*New Mexico Arts and Travel Writing
*The Physics of Racecar Driving
*San Juan Backcountry Ski Adventure
*So. California College Tour (Grades 10-11 only)

2015 Winterim Forms

A generous endowed gift from the BACCA Foundation will provide financial assistance for qualifying seventh and eight grade students to participate in out-of-state and out-of country winterim trips. For more information, call the Admissions Office.

Have Questions?

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  • Melissa Barker 

    US Science/Director of Experiential Education
    Middlebury College - B.A.
    University of Northern Colorado - M.A.