The Dawson Admissions Committee considers many factors when evaluating an applicant, including the required application packet, the shadow day experience, and an interview with one of the admissions directors. These elements in total help the Committee to form a complete picture of each applicant’s strengths, interests, and personal qualities. We seek families that will support and uphold the mission of the school and students who are motivated and enthusiastic about learning, who enjoy taking on challenges, and who will contribute to and benefit from our program.

Applying to Dawson

We recommend beginning the admission process in the fall of the year before you would like to enroll. Each division at Dawson - Lower, Middle, and Upper - all have a slightly different application process, and each is outlined below. Dawson's application can be filled out in one of two ways: completed and submitted online (recommended) or a paper application from your admissions packet. As you begin your child's application to Dawson, we encourage you to contact us at any point with questions.

Applications to kindergarten through grade 8 are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year, beginning in January. The committee will offer spots to qualified applicants as long as there is space available in that grade. Once a grade has reached capacity, accepted students will be placed in a wait pool in the event a spot opens up.

For prospective students interested in Dawson's Upper School (grades 9-12), the application deadline is January 31, 2017, and enrollment decisions are based on applications received by that date. If space is available, any applications received after this deadline will be considered on a rolling basis after the initial round of decisions is complete.

Details for applying to Dawson are found below. Families interested in exploring tuition assistance can learn more about that process by clicking here.

How to Apply - By Division

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Applying to Grades 9-12

    TIMELINE FOR UPPER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS
    - Application and Shadow Day deadline: January 31, 2017
    - Decision notification: February 24, 2017
    - Deadline to enroll: March 17, 2017

    CAMPUS VISIT
    During the visit, applicants and parents/guardians tour the campus with a student guide or Admissions Director, see classes in action, and learn about our Upper School program. You're welcome to bring your child along for the tour and typically, the campus visit will last around an hour. Following the tour, you'll have time to sit down with one of the Admissions Directors to get any questions answered.

    SUBMIT APPLICATION
    The application can be filled out in one of two ways, online or with the printed booklet, but we encourage families to complete and submit applications online. In order for the application to be complete and reviewed by the Admissions Committee it must include the following:
    - parent questionnaire
    - student questionnaire
    - current English teacher recommendation
    - current math teacher recommendation
    - principal/counselor recommendation
    - official transcript
    - $75 application fee

    SUBMIT STUDENT RECORDS AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS
    Student recommendations should be submitted to teachers after the first marking period (approximately mid-December), affording teachers the opportunity to get to know the student first. Dawson requires the above application pieces in order to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

    SCHEDULE SHADOW DAY
    Once you have submitted an application, we will contact you to schedule a shadow day. Shadow days allow us to get to know your child and gives your child a first-hand look at what life is like at Dawson.

    Applicants will spend the day shadowing a current Dawson student who attends the grade to which your child is applying, attend all classes and school functions, and complete a 20-minute writing sample at the conclusion of their visit. These visits are from 8:20 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch is provided).
  • Q. Applying to Grades 5-8

    CAMPUS VISIT
    You're encouraged to bring your child along for the tour and typically the campus visit will last around an hour. Following the tour, you'll have time to sit down with one of the Admissions Directos to get any questions answered.

    SUBMIT APPLICATION
    The application can be filled out in one of two ways, online or with the printed booklet, but we encourage families to complete and submit applications online. In order for the application to be complete and reviewed by the Admissions Committee it must include the following:
    - parent questionnaire
    - student questionnaire
    - current English teacher recommendation
    - current math teacher recommendation
    - principal/counselor recommendation
    - official transcript
    - $75 application fee

    SUBMIT STUDENT RECORDS AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS
    Forms should be submitted to teachers after the first marking period (approximately mid-December), affording teachers the opportunity to get to know the student first. Dawson requires the above applications pieces in order to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

    SCHEDULE SHADOW DAY
    Once you have submitted an application, we will contact you to schedule a shadow day. Shadow days allow us to get to know your child and gives your child a first-hand look at what life at Dawson.
    - Applicants to grades 5 and 6 will spend the day in the homeroom they're applying to, attend all classes and school functions, and complete a 20-minute writing sample at the conclusion of their visit. These visits are from 8:20 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. (lunch is provided).
    - Applicants to grades 7 and 8 will spend the day shadowing a current Dawson student who attends the grade to which your child is applying, attend all classes and school functions, and complete a 20-mnute writing sample at the conclusion of their visit. These visits are from 8:20 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. (lunch is provided).

    DECISION NOTIFICATION
    The Admissions Committee reviews completed applications weekly beginning in January. Notification of admissions decisions for the upcoming fall term for all Middle School applicants continue on a rolling basis until all available openings are filled. Applications completed after a grade is full will be placed in a wait pool in the event a space does open up.

  • Q. Applying to Grades K-4

    CAMPUS VISIT
    During the visit, applicants and parents/guardians tour the campus with an Admissions Director, see classes in action, and learn about our Lower School program. You're welcome to bring your children along for the tour and typically, the campus visit will last around an hour. Following the tour, you'll have time to sit down with one of the Admissions Directors to get any questions answered.

    SUBMIT APPLICATION
    The application can be filled out in one of two ways, online or with the printed booklet, but we encourage families to complete and submit applications online. In order for the appication to be complete and reviewed by the Admissions Committee it must include the following:
    - parent questionnaire
    - teacher recommendations
    - official transcript
    - $75 application fee

    SUBMIT STUDENT RECORDS AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS
    Forms should be submitted to teachers after the first marking period (approximately mid-December), affording teachers the opportunity to get to know the student first. Dawson requires the following recommendations for Lower School admissions:
    - current teacher 
    - school principal or guidance counselor

    SCHEDULE SHADOW DAY/ASSESSMENT
    Once you have submitted an application, we will contact you to schedule a shadow day. Shadow days allow us to get to know your child and gives your child a first-hand look at what life is like at Dawson. Please note that Lower School applicants shadow in the grade in which they are currently enrolled.
    - Kindergarten and grade 1 applicants will be invited to shadow beginning January 9 for a class experience and readiness assessment. These visits are from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
    - Grade 2 through 4 applicants will shadow from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

    DECISION NOTIFICATION
    The Admissions Committee reviews completed applications weekly beginning in January. Notification of admissions decisions for the upcoming fall term for all Lower School applicants continue on a rolling basis until all available openings are filled. Applications completed after a grade is full will be place in a wait pool in the event a space does open up.
Dawson Admissions would love to hear from you.

Call:  303-665-6679
Fax:  303-381-0415
Email: admissions@dawsonschool.org

Forms: Transcript Request & Teacher Recommendations

NOTE:
* Please wait until November to request the teacher recommendations from your child's current teachers
* Please wait until December to request your present school send us an official transcript