Applying to Dawson

We recommend beginning the admission process in the fall of the year before you would like to enroll. Each division at Dawson - Lower, Middle, and Upper - all have a slightly different application process, and each is outlined below. Dawson's application can be completed and submitted online. As you begin your child's application to Dawson, we encourage you to contact us at any point with questions.

How to Apply - By Division

List of 3 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Applying to Grades 9-12

    TIMELINE FOR UPPER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS
    - Application and Shadow Day deadline: January 31, 2019
    - Decision notification: February 22, 2019
    - Deadline to enroll: March 8, 2019

    CAMPUS VISIT
    During the visit, applicants and parents/guardians tour the campus with a student guide or Admissions Director, see classes in action, and learn about our Upper School program. You're welcome to bring your child along for the tour and typically, the campus visit will last around an hour. Following the tour, you'll have time to sit down with one of the Admissions Directors to get any questions answered.

    SUBMIT APPLICATION
    The application can be filled out online. In order for the application to be complete and reviewed by the Admissions Committee it must include the following:
    - parent questionnaire
    - student questionnaire
    - current English teacher recommendation
    - current math teacher recommendation
    - principal/counselor recommendation
    - official transcript
    - $75 application fee

    SUBMIT STUDENT RECORDS AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS
    Student recommendations should be submitted to teachers after the first marking period affording teachers the opportunity to get to know the student first. Dawson requires the above application pieces in order to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

    SHADOW DAY
    Once you have submitted an application, we will contact you to schedule a shadow day. Shadow days allow us to get to know your child and gives your child a first-hand look at what life is like at Dawson.

    Applicants will spend the day shadowing a current Dawson student who attends the grade to which your child is applying. These visits are from 8:20 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (lunch is provided).
  • Q. Applying to Grades 5-8

    CAMPUS VISIT
    You're encouraged to bring your child along for the tour and typically the campus visit will last around an hour. Following the tour, you'll have time to sit down with one of the Admissions Directors to get any questions answered.

    SUBMIT APPLICATION
    The application can be filled out online. In order for the application to be complete and reviewed by the Admissions Committee it must include the following:
    - parent questionnaire
    - student questionnaire
    - current English teacher recommendation
    - current math teacher recommendation
    - principal/counselor recommendation
    - official transcript
    - $75 application fee

    SUBMIT STUDENT RECORDS AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS
    Forms should be submitted to teachers after the first marking period, affording teachers the opportunity to get to know the student first. Dawson requires the above applications pieces in order to be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

    SHADOW DAY
    Once you have submitted an application, we will contact you to schedule a shadow day. Shadow days allow us to get to know your child and gives your child a first-hand look at what life at Dawson. These visits are from 8:20 a.m. - 1:20 p.m. (lunch is provided).

    DECISION NOTIFICATION
    The Admissions Committee reviews completed applications weekly beginning in January. Notification of admissions decisions for the upcoming fall term for all Middle School applicants continue on a rolling basis until all available openings are filled. Applications completed after a grade is full will be placed in a wait pool in the event a space does open up.

  • Q. Applying to Grades K-4

    CAMPUS VISIT
    During the visit, applicants and parents/guardians tour the campus with an Admissions Director, see classes in action, and learn about our Lower School program. You're welcome to bring your children along for the tour and typically, the campus visit will last around an hour. Following the tour, you'll have time to sit down with one of the Admissions Directors to get any questions answered.

    SUBMIT APPLICATION
    The application can be filled out online. In order for the appication to be complete and reviewed by the Admissions Committee it must include the following:
    - parent questionnaire
    - teacher recommendations
    - official transcript
    - $75 application fee

    SUBMIT STUDENT RECORDS AND TEACHER RECOMMENDATIONS
    Forms should be submitted to teachers after the first marking period, affording teachers the opportunity to get to know the student first. Dawson requires the following recommendations for Lower School admissions:
    - current teacher 
    - school principal or guidance counselor

    SHADOW DAY/ASSESSMENT
    Once you have submitted an application, we will contact you to schedule a shadow day. Shadow days allow us to get to know your child and gives your child a first-hand look at what life is like at Dawson. Please note that Lower School applicants shadow in the grade in which they are currently enrolled. You will be contacted to schedule a shadow day as early as January.

    DECISION NOTIFICATION
    The Admissions Committee reviews completed applications weekly beginning in January. Notification of admissions decisions for the upcoming fall term for all Lower School applicants continue on a rolling basis until all available openings are filled. Applications completed after a grade is full will be place in a wait pool in the event a space does open up.
Dawson Admissions would love to hear from you.

Call:  303-665-6679
Fax:  303-381-0415
admissions@dawsonschool.org

Forms: Transcript Request & Teacher Recommendations

NOTE:
* Please wait until November to request the teacher recommendations from your child's current teachers
* Please wait until December to request your present school send us an official transcript