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.

Friday, October 2:  Winterim catalog posted online

Monday, October 5, 9:45 a.m.:  Upper School Winterim Preview Assembly (Student Center) and Middle School Winterim Preview Assembly (MS Kiva)

Tuesday, October 13: Deadline if you would like to petition for an Independent Winterim. Contact Melissa Barker, Director of Experiential Education, for the petition application; completed applications due no later than October 13.

Sunday, October 18, 10:00 a.m. - Tuesday, October 20, 10:00 p.m.:  Online Winterim registration

Monday, March 14 - Friday, March 18:  Winterim dates. Please note that many traveling Winterims use the weekend before and after Winterim Week for travel and programming.

During the three-day signup period, you may register at your convenience; however, all registration must be completed by the 10:00 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, October 20.

The site will lead you through the signup 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 student(s)' respective Winterim placement the week of October 26 via the email you entered 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, Patty Leslie, for Monday, October 19 or Tuesday, October 20 to complete the Winterim registration. Contact Patty at pleslie@dawsonschool.org or 303.665.6679 x401.

Winterim Experiences: 2016

Middle School
Spain: Language and Cultural Immersion
Washington, D.C.
San Diego: Exploring the Wild Side
Tucson, Arizona: The Old Pueblo
Dawson's Mountaineers
Front Range Fun

Cross Over
Bonaire Scuba Research (Grades 7-9)
On the Water in the Pyrenees (Grades 8-12)
Face Your Fears (Grades 7-9)Refashioned  (Grades 7-12)
Maker Madness (Grades 7-12)

Upper School
Baja Sea Kayaking
Discover Puerto Rico
Italy: An Insider's Tour
Pacific Northwest College Tour (Grades 10-11)
VA and NC College Tour (Grades 10-11)
Inside Washington, D.C. 
New Orleans: Jazz and Jambalaya
Backpacking: Adventures in the Utah Desert
Shambhala Mindfulness
Fly Fisherman's Narrative
All Aboard!
Women, Unite!
Upcycled Furniture Building
Glass Blowing
Cheese and Cholocate 
A Physics Equation a Day

2016 Winterim Forms and Catalogs

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.

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  • Melissa Barker 

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