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.
Experiential Education


Dawson teachers have developed a roster of compelling Winterim 2021 programs, adjusted to this year's unique needs. We remain committed to providing the meaningful and memorable Winterim experiences that are a hallmark of Dawson's program.

All 6-12 Winterim programming will be local in March 2021.
Note: 5th grade Winterim week is still pending.

Monday, October 19: Winterim titles posted
By Wednesday, October 28:  Winterim catalogs posted online.
Monday, November 2, Noon: Student leader applications due.
Week of November 2: 7-8 Winterim advisory and preview
Friday, November 6: Student leaders selected and notified.

Monday, November 9, 8:00 a.m. - November 10, 8:00 p.m.:  Online Winterim registration

By November 20: Families will be notified of their Winterim via the email entered for your Winterim account.

Monday, March 15 - Friday, March 19: Winterim week for grades 6-12.
Tuesday, March 30 - Friday, April 2: Winterim week for grades K-4.
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.

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    Melissa Barker 

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