Five-Week Thematic Session June 8-July 8, 2022

How to Apply

The following describes the DSI Application process.


Applicants to Dawson Summer Initiative must be:
* currently in grade 6 or 7
* a full-time student 
at a public middle school in Boulder County and surrounding areas


There are two options for completing the Dawson Summer Initiative (DSI) application:

1) You may download and print the PDF at right.

2) You may complete and submit the application online as outlined below.

A complete application requires the following components (see links to the right):
* Parent/Guardian Information Form
* Parent/Guardian Contract & Responses
     - Confirmation of Understanding and Confidentiality Statement
     - Parent Responses (two questions)
* Student Essays (three questions)
* TWO Teacher Recommendations (current math, English, science, social studies)
* Principal/Guidance Counselor Form (includes current report card, attendance, and conduct)

You may "mix-and-match" how you complete the application, thereby having some online forms and some completed with pen-and-paper.

All of the forms do NOT need to be sent to DSI at the same time. Once we start receiving any component of the application, we start an admission folder for an applicant and add materials to that folder as they are received.


* Applications for Dawson Summer Initiative 2021 will be accepted through Wednesday, February 2, 2022. 
* Please note: All applications will be read at the same time; this is NOT a first-come, first-served process.
* You may check application status on our Parent Portal and we will notify you when the application is complete. 
* Applicants will be notified about admission decisions by Friday, March 4, 2022.

* Please ask your child's teachers, counselors, and principals to complete recommendations well in advance of the application deadline. A safe time frame would be at least three weeks in advance.
* We are only able to process complete applications received on or before February 2, 2022. Anything received after that deadline will not be able to be considered.

Online: If the application is completed online, you will find links to the various components listed in the menu at right. For the Recommendations, you may direct a teacher and counselor/principal to the site, or to the link itself. If completed online, these Recommendations will be submitted directly by the school to Dawson Summer Initiative.

DSI will contact you when your child's application has been completed.
Please contact DSI with any questions:

Call us:  303-381-0444
Email us:

DSI 2022 Application (.pdf for print)

For Summer 2022, our theme is Forward: The Age of Transformation. Everything changes. How can we positively enhance the process of change in the environment, mental wellness, education, infrastructure, AI, human migration, and housing in order that we can facilitate this transformation for the betterment of our planet? Please join us for a collaborative exploration into how you feel you can impact this process.


Program Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.