Reaching for New Heights

Welcome to Dawson's Upper School. An Upper School education is centered on passion, agency, and relevance. Our job is to open doors for students so that they can discover and pursue new passions, realize their own agency in a world they care about, and know that what they do is important.
The first thing people remark on when they come to the Upper School for the first time is the sense of caring that is evident in the interactions they see between students, teachers, and parents. That culture of care affords faculty the opportunity to recognize students' individual strengths and to nurture those until students emerge from high school with a strong sense of purpose and accomplishment.

Dawson students are known throughout the college world for being articulate, driven, confident, principled problem solvers. We are proud of them, and we welcome the opportunity to bring you into our community.

Dr. Anne Hecox
Upper School Director

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    Dr. Anne Hecox 

    Upper School Director

Upper School at Dawson

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  • College Preparatory

    An academically stimulating program. We prepare students for the highest levels of academic performance and leadership in college and beyond.
  • Experiential Learning

    Travel and service projects for Upper School are designed to help students practice judgment, decision-making, risk-taking, and respect, while building self-confidence and a growth mindset.
  • Annual Traditions

    Annual traditions include Dawson Fest, winter
    carnival, homecoming, prom with after prom,
    senior sunrise, and senior honoring.

Upper School at a Glance

Opportunity abounds in Upper School. Engaged faculty, incredible class selection, unique co-curriculars, and individualized attention makes this a special place.

Integrating Innovation and Technology

Upper school students are able to flex their innovation and technology muscle with a variety of more advanced courses, including:
  • AP Computer Science (year-long course)
  • App Development
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Film Making
  • Game Design
  • Idea Incubator
  • Inventing with Technology
  • Python Programming
  • Wearables

Dawson is also proud to offer a  FIRST Robotics competition team.