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.
That’s why Dawson’s approach to the college counseling process is unmatched.

One of the benefits of a Dawson education is access to our one-on-one college counseling program. Beginning in eighth grade, students and their parents are introduced to grade-appropriate college admissions topics. While getting academically and socially grounded in high school, freshmen are introduced to college counseling in health classes and during some lunch/after school programming with their sophomore classmates. Sophomores and juniors may take advantage of a week-long college visit trip during Winterim. Juniors and seniors take formal college counseling classes.

The goal is for students to gain independence and take ownership of their college search and application processes. The formal college counseling program begins during the second semester of junior year with college counseling classes and individual meetings.

As a result, college-bound students
  • Become more self-aware 
  • Explore college matches with “fit” in mind
  • Learn about financial aid and scholarships
  • Understand the college application and decision-making process
Perhaps the greatest strength of our college counseling program is the relationships that are forged between our college counselor and students. Students’ letters of recommendation are written by a college counselor who has worked with them in the classroom, chaperoned their class trips, and counseled each and every student through the college admissions process.

This attention to our students’ goals and finding the college or university that is the best fit for them ensures that our graduates leave Dawson ready to flourish at the university level.

Meet the Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Stefanie  Esposito

    Stefanie  Esposito 

    Northwestern University - B.A.
    Northwestern University - M.S.
  • Photo of David Slater

    Dr. David Slater 

    Associate Director of College Counseling / US English
    Wayne State University - B.A.
    University of Minnesota - M.A.
    University of Minnesota - Ph.D.
  • Photo of Denise Alt

    Denise Alt 

    University of Phoenix - B.S.

Dawson CEEB Code: 060867

Dawson School Profile

  • Dawson School Profile 2020
    Overview and highlights of Dawson's program, Upper School curriculum and graduation requirements, recent college acceptance and matriculation.

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