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.
FUSION is Dawson's annual collection of literary, visual, and audio work from students K-12. This year, every grade is represented, across over 100 works. FUSION is published online: Find a link on the Portal and the Dawson homepage. So much wonderful work: Congratulations to all!
Dawson is in the self-study phase of re-accreditation. As part of this effort, after a year-long process with faculty, staff, and trustees, Dawson has approved a new Mission Statement.
"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."
We are proud to implement this statement as a full reflection of Dawson's program and goals.
Dawson School challenges its students to achieve excellence not only in mind and body, but in character. The school adopted four virtues years ago as points of emphasis and focus for us all: respect, compassion, courage, and integrity. Every day, our campus strives to live these values, through gestures big and small. Which virtue did you exemplify today?
Dawson Athletics has been ranked No. 12 statewide - all sports, all classifications - by Mile High Sports Magazine! Earning this recognition from 350+ schools is a testament to the breadth and depth of Dawson's program. Congratulations to our committed students, excellent coaches, and supportive teachers, families, and fans. We couldn’t have done this without everyone involved! #dawsonpride
We are delighted to announce that Dawson was recognized as the best private school in the region in Boulder Weekly's "Best of Boulder" poll for the 13th year. We are honored to have so many people recognize the value Dawson brings to the community, and the importance of excellence in education.
Dawson College Counseling is pleased to welcome over 150 colleges and universities to campus to meet with students and staff this fall. We are proud of our relationships with these fine institutions, and of the remarkable students they come to meet. Welcome - we're glad you're here!
Dawson actively promotes and embraces the exchange of diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds through curricular design, community involvement, and the integration of our four virtues – respect, compassion, courage, and integrity – into every aspect of our community life. It is our responsibility to provide a safe and inclusive learning environment for all members of our community, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, age, ability, or religion, as well as to cultivate in each student the ability to make empathetic, socially responsible decisions.
Dawson recognizes the interest and demand for skills around the creative use of technology: Interested Upper School students can now earn special recognition on their transcript if they meet the requirements of a new Disctinction in Coding and Innovation. Students will finish the program with a mastery of several programming languages, will have integrated creative technology projects into classwork, and will creatve five major programming projects. Contact Mr. Nickerson for more details.
Recognize these? We have lunch underneath these flags every day, but do you know what they represent? Over its 47-year history, Dawson has enrolled students from many countries - and those countries are each represented here. If you are attending Dawson from a country that is not included here, please let us know, so that we can add your flag!
If we were on an airplane, this would be the time when the captain tells us to fasten our seatbelts because we are about to encounter some turbulence. The next few weeks are big ones for students who applied to colleges through binding Early Decision plans, and many other students will be hearing back from schools they applied to through rolling and Early Action plans. Students are stressed, and some of you may be too, so we wanted to send some important reminders.
Your children are amazing people with bright futures. They are deeply loved—by you, by their friends, and by us. This might be a good time to remind them that no college decision will change that. (We love the letter Frank Bruni describes at the end of this column).
The college process can seem capricious at times, and in a small community where students know each other well and apply to some of the same schools, we sometimes hear about students or parents second-guessing a college’s decisions or playing the “If Only” game (If only that 89 was a 90, if only I’d volunteered here instead of there…) While it may be tough, we encourage you not to indulge this line of thinking. Colleges are balancing so many factors as they are trying to build their classes, and decisions may not always make sense. If you need help understanding an outcome or just need to vent, know that we are here. We believe that this process works even though it’s not always smooth sailing.
Students will experience admissions decisions in different ways. Those who aren’t admitted may cry or mope, or they may stoically move on to the next set of applications. Those who are accepted may be elated and relieved, or they may have mixed feelings because the “admit” means that they really will be leaving home next year and heading to college. The one response we want to avoid is coasting through the rest of the semester and year. Colleges will expect students to keep performing at the same level they have through high school, so we will join with you in reminding seniors whose college plans are set that this is not the time to check out.
We are here to meet with students and families if we need to regroup after early notifications, and we are available over break to help students who are submitting more applications. Let us know how we can support you during this time.
Stefanie, Dave, and Denise, Dawson's College Counseling team