The Dawson School

List of 9 items.

  • Founded

    1970 as The Colorado Junior Republic
  • Location

    Lafayette, Colorado (Boulder County)

    Approximately 12 miles east of Boulder, 35 miles northwest of Denver and 40 miles from Denver International Airport
  • Head of School

    George P. Moore, appointed 2012
  • Enrollment 2016-17 (K-12)

    Total, Grades K-12: 527
    Lower School, Grades K-4: 97
    Middle School, Grades 5-8: 188
    Upper School, Grades 9-12: 242
  • Climate & Culture

    Fifteen percent of Dawson students are students of color.
    Dawson’s student body represents 22 nations.
  • Hours of Instruction

    8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (K-12)
  • Admissions

    Applications accepted the school year prior to anticipated enrollment
    September-January: Key application months
    Winter: Grades 1-12 acceptance notification
    March: Kindergarten acceptance notification
  • 2016-17 Tuition

    Kindergarten through Second Grade $18,450
    Third and Fourth Grade $21,950
    Middle School (5-8) $23,350
    Upper School (9-12) $23,950
  • Tuition Assistance

    More than $1.4m was awarded to 17% of the 2015-16 student body. The average award was $14,500.

Dawson Programs

List of 7 items.

  • Technology Integration

    • Curriculum begins in Lower School
    • 5th - 10th grade 1:1 iPad program
    • Campus-wide wireless
    • Dual boot Upper School Lab
    • Five campus-wide labs
    • Parent accessible grade/homework tracking student information system
  • World Language

    Begins in kindergarten, and Spanish is taught through grade five.

    In sixth grade, students select a primary language from Spanish, French, and Mandarin. Qualified 10th-12th grade students may participate in a language immersion program in France, Spain or China.
  • Arts

    Visual and Performing Arts are offered in Grades K-12.
  • After School Academy

    Monday-Thursday, 3:30-6:00 p.m.
    Extended care, as well as academic, arts, athletic, and music classes offered to all K-6 students
    Drop-in, weekly, monthly, and semester options available
  • Performing Arts

    Each K-8 class performs at least one fully staged and costumed play per year and there are elaborate classroom dramatizations in each grade throughout the year.

    Upper School features two choirs, instrumental ensembles, dance, improvisational troupes, and two major theater productions each year in addition to a cabaret.
  • Visual Arts

    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.
  • Athletics

    K-6 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.

    Fifteen Upper School/Varsity sports and activities include boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, state champion speech and debate, baseball, co-ed canoe and kayak, boys and girls tennis, boys and girls cross country, volleyball, boys golf, boys lacrosse, and the only cyclocross (co-ed) team in Boulder County.

Dawson School Profile

  • Dawson School Profile 2019-20
    Overview and highlights of Dawson's program, Upper School curriculum and graduation requirements, recent college acceptance and matriculation.

The Dawson Experience

List of 10 items.

  • Campus

    • A picturesque 107-acre campus
    • Eleven academic buildings, campus wide wireless
    • Arts Center with full theater and seven performing and visual arts studios
    • Six soccer and lacrosse fields
    • Six tennis courts
    • Two full gyms, weight room, rock climbing wall
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • On-campus faculty housing
  • Class Size

    Average 15
    Student-Faculty Ratio 7:1
  • Faculty

    Nearly 70 faculty members work collaboratively with 40 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.
  • Lunch

    House-made, healthy, trans-fat free 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 desserts twice a week.
  • Transportation

    The Dawson GreenRide, a centralized flat fee bus service, is a safe, economical, and time-saving option for all families.
  • Community Service

    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. The Dawson Community Service Club (DCSC) is a popular upper school club option, and community service is the focus of the 10th grade class trip. Sophomores and juniors must complete 20 additional hours as a graduation requirement.
  • Libraries

    The Lower School and Middle/Upper School libraries house 19,582 titles.
  • Counseling

    • Full-time Counselor
    • Two Upper School Counselors
    • Seventh-Ninth Grade Health and Wellness teacher
    • Full-time Learning Specialist
  • Experiential Education

    • Begins in kindergarten with regular field trips
    • Second-fourth grades enjoy overnight trips.
    • 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.
  • Environmental Stewardship

    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.