Visit: Open House Nov. 7-8

We want to welcome you to visit and explore Dawson, the region’s premier K-12 school. On Friday and Saturday, November 7-8, we will offer our annual fall Open House. Look below for details on what you can expect. We look forward to seeing you!

Founded in 1970, Dawson School is a K-12 college preparatory independent school of 492 students located in Lafayette, Colorado, near Boulder.  Our vision is that Dawson graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life through balance and developing their passions, and are ready to meet the challenges of the world. Through a combination of rigorous academics, hearty athletics and arts programs, experiential and outdoor education, and a focus on character education and leadership opportunities, we make that vision come true for our students every day.

Dawson has a committed and energetic team of faculty who are leaders in their fields.  Our student:faculty ratio stands proudly at 7:1, so that you can be assured your child is known and nurtured, and our average class size is 15:1. 

Friday, November 7 | 9:45 a.m. Check In | Henderson Dining Hall

View our classes in real time and observe the dynamic Dawson approach to learning. Discover the benefits of Lower School students receiving 10 hours of specials (PE, art, music, language, library, technology) each week, why all 5th-10th graders have iPads, and why selective colleges and universities come to Dawson to recruit our students.  Your guides are Upper, Middle and Lower School division directors, faculty members, and students who will take you through the school and outline Dawson’s approach to a full, well-balanced liberal arts education.  Tours of our 107-acre campus will include the Arts Center, double gymnasium, acclaimed dining hall, library, and classrooms. 


9:45 a.m. Check in at Henderson Hall to hear from our Head of School and Director of Admissions.

10:30 a.m. Head off on your campus tours!  Families will be grouped by division and grade level of interest.

11:20 a.m. Q&A with student panelists

11:50 a.m. Return to Henderson Hall where the Admissions staff will be available to answer any additional questions. 


Saturday, November 8 | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | Henderson Dining Hall

This is an opportunity to drop-in for a personalized, private guided tour of the school.  You will register when you arrive and be guided in small groups.  Your guide will be able to answer your questions and bring you up to date on Dawson’s approach to education.

So, if you are looking for a private high school with sports, or a top ranked independent school with untold opportunities in the arts, community service, science, and languages, the Open House is a great place to start!


Daily Personal Tours 

Tours of campus take place during the academic day, from 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Dawson student guides will lead personal tours of our Middle and Upper Schools, while Lower School tours are led by one of our admissions directors.