At Dawson, there are as many opportunities outside of the classroom as there are inside. Our relatively small school allows for genuine student participation in athletics, theater, and clubs and fosters a community that supports one another. Here you can rarely distinguish class rank, as freshmen and sophomores are as likely to earn a lead role on stage or in student government as they are a starting position on the field.

Town Council

Today, an elected executive committee provides leadership to grade representatives. Under the guidance of a faculty advisor, they meet weekly to discuss issues, develop proposals relating to student life and school policies, and plan extracurricular activities that complement the school’s academic program. In grades 5-12, representatives are elected by their peers; in grade K-4, they are selected by faculty and representatives rotate to give as many students as possible an opportunity to participate.

Peer Leaders

In Upper School, this student-led mentoring initiative was created to mentor, nurture, and support the transition for ninth grade and new students into the Upper School through interpersonal relationships. In Middle School, eighth graders apply to serve, setting a tone of respect and inclusion throughout the division.


With 20+ clubs there are ample opportunities to pursue your passions outside of class. From archery to board games, multicultural activities to knitting, and environmental awareness to entrepreneurship, student-created options are offered every semester. In Middle School, the FIRST Lego League creates and competes, and Helping Hands Club spotlights community service and philanthropy.

Sample of Club Offerings

Ultimate Frisbee
Rocketry Competition Team
Gay/Straight Alliance
Helping Hands 
River Watch
Math Counts
Chess & Games
Brilliant Books
Mustang Spirit