Dawson's Winterim is an experiential learning program that provides K-12 students an opportunity for a deep dive into a special topic, culture, or activity. It is a way to cultivate a current passion, or to discover a new one, and is one of many experiences that set a Dawson education apart from other schools.

* Students in grades K-4 have special campus activities, guests, and field trips around a theme, such as World Cultures.
* Grades 5-6 travel as a grade to a camp in Colorado such as Calwood for a myriad of fun team-building and science-based activities.
* Grades 7-12 explore a wide range of educational options outside of the classroom. With local, domestic, and international experiences, Winterim strengthens the regular classroom curriculum by drawing students and teachers into activities and places that help bridge the gap between theory and real life. Faculty-designed programs support the mission of the school by requiring students to stretch themselves in mind, body, and character while exploring their education from an active, experiential perspective that goes beyond the conventional walls of the classroom.


About Upper School Winterim dates: In order to deepen the learning opportunities of Winterim, Upper School has three additional days. In grades 9-12, Winterim begins on Wednesday, March 11 with three local days devoted to background study and preparation experiences. The program continues through Friday, March 20, with mandatory culminating activities on the last day. As in the past, some Winterim programs will spend most or all of their time in Boulder County, while others will travel throughout the country or abroad to achieve their educational goals. Traveling trips often use weekend days before and/or after for travel. Exact dates for each Winterim will be available in the Winterim catalog in early October. Attendance for the entire Winterim experience is required, so please make a note of these dates as you schedule your family's plans for the school year, and refrain from scheduling appointments during Winterim time.

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    Melissa Barker 

    US Science/Director of Experiential Education
    Middlebury College - B.A.
    University of Northern Colorado - M.A.

WINTERIM 2020 PROCEDURES, CATALOGS, SELECTION FORMS

2019-20 DAWSON WINTERIM TIMELINE

Friday, September 20: Immersion and Adventure Leadership applications due.

Wednesday, October 2:
 
  8:00 a.m. - Middle School Winterim Preview, MS Kiva.
  11:55 a.m. - Upper School Winterim Preview, Dining Commons

Thursday, October 3:  Winterim catalogs posted online.

Friday, October 11: Deadlines to petition for an independent college trip (juniors) or an internship. Contact Melissa Barker for application. 

Friday, October 11: El Paso Winterim applications due.


Monday, October 21, 8:00 a.m. - Tuesday, October 22, 8:00 p.m.:  Online Winterim registration

Week of October 28: Families will be notified of their Winterim via the email entered for your Winterim account.

Wednesday, March 11 - Friday, March 20: Upper School (9-12) Winterim dates. Please note that many traveling Winterims use the weekend before and/or after Winterim Week for travel and programming.

Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20:
  Grades 7-8 Winterim dates. Please note that many traveling Winterims use the weekend before and/or after Winterim Week for travel and programming.

WINTERIM 2019 PHOTO GALLERY