Our mission: Dawson School is dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students, through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem solvers who bring their best to the world.
Begins in kindergarten; Spanish is taught through grade five.
In sixth grade, students select a primary language from Spanish or Mandarin. French is available in grades 8-12. Qualified upper school students may participate in a language immersion program in France, Spain, or China.
K-6 students experience more than 20 different media each year.
Middle and upper school students may choose from 15 arts electives, including ceramics, yearbook, drawing and painting, jewelry-making and enameling, photography, sculpture, woodworking, and printmaking.
K-5 students participate in physical education classes four times a week.
Middle school sports include lacrosse, soccer, tennis, basketball, baseball, co-ed cyclocross, volleyball, and cross country.
Sixteen upper school/Varsity sports and activities include boys' and girls' soccer, boys' and girls' basketball, speech and debate, baseball, co-ed canoe and kayak, boys' and girls' tennis, boys' and girls' cross country, volleyball, boys' golf, boys' and girls' lacrosse, and the only cyclocross (co-ed) team in Boulder County.
Over 75 faculty members work collaboratively with 50 additional staff to support the head of school and programs. Faculty members are nationally recruited for their expertise in their subject areas as well as for their diverse outside interests (many centered around the outdoors and the arts). Dawson faculty have an average of 17 years of experience and 67 percent have, or are working on, graduate degrees.
House-made, healthy lunches are offered daily, and are included in tuition. Daily menus include two soups, vegetarian and meat entrees, whole grain breads and pastas, gluten free options, juices and low-fat milks, house-made specialty salads, a variety of seasonings and spices, full deli bar, fresh fruit, and weekly desserts. Dawson's Dining Commons is nut-free.
The Dawson GreenRide, a centralized flat fee bus service, is a safe, economical, and time-saving option for all families. Seven routes serve Boulder, Longmont, Lafayette, Louisville, Erie, Broomfield, and Westminster.
Dawson creates a culture that values respect, compassion, courage and integrity while encouraging students to make a personal investment in the well being of others.
Grade-appropriate service projects begin in Lower School and service-minded clubs are introduced in Middle School. Student-led upper school clubs are offered, and community service is the focus of the 10th grade class trip. Sophomores and juniors must complete 20 additional hours as a graduation requirement.
The new Learning Commons in Henderson Hall is open to Upper and Middle school as a combination library/student center. Flexible options for quiet solo study and group work. The Lower School library serves grades K-5 with an inviting, dedicated space.
Middle School students take week-long class trips.
Upper School students take week-long class trips prior to the start of school.
K-12 students participate in week-long Winterim programs that bridge the gap between theory and real life. In the Lower School this is an on-campus program. In fifth and sixth grades, these are class-focused trips and in 7th-12th grades these are local, regional, domestic and international experiences.
Dawson dedicates itself to being a leader in environmental responsibility, with a zero waste dining hall, light switch sensors, active transportation and car pool programs, as well as its own wastewater treatment plant. Dawson’s goal is to demonstrate that energy conservation is compatible with today’s lifestyles and important for students to understand as a viable lifestyle choice.