Community Service

Dawson creates a culture that values compassion, cooperation and respect by encouraging students to make a personal investment in the well being of others. All students are encouraged to engage in community service as a mechanism for expanding their perspective, gaining an understanding of the needs of others, developing tolerance and empathy, and providing leadership. Serving others is a chance for the power of one voice, one action, or one idea to positively impact countless others.


Community Service Requirements 

Ninth/Twelfth Grades

Freshmen and seniors are encouraged to engage in the community service club or any of the service projects offered during the year.   

Tenth Grade

Sophomores are required to document a minimum of 20 hours of community service, outside of regular class time and class trips, 10 of which must be completed by the end of the first semester. A minimum of 10 hours must be completed at one agency. Students are encouraged to identify a cause for which they have a passion, and then seek an agency that is engaged with that population, need, or mission. Each sophomore will present to a group of Upper School students and faculty about the agency that they supported. 

Eleventh Grade

Juniors are required to complete and document a minimum of 6 hours of service at one agency or on one project. They are also required to participate in the Upper School Community Service Day. 

Presidential Volunteer Service Award

Dawson is a certifying organization of The President’s Volunteer Service Award, which honors Americans who engage in volunteer service.  The award recognizes those that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period. Visit for more information.