Video View of Dawson's Campus Growth

    • Animation of Dawson Campus Growth (5:15)



Demolition/dismantling of old 7/8 science building.
Site preparation, start of Dining Commons construction.
A wonderful community celebration, where staff and students, alumni, faculty, and families came together to kick off the first new building on campus in 20 years. Visit Construction Progress page to see a photo gallery from the event.

A vibrant educational program is built on the connections students make with each other and with faculty. Having multiple and varied places on campus for relationships and community to develop and thrive is essential. Planned completion: Summer 2018.

4th QUARTER 2017

Everyone can sign and then watch as a crane places this key structural element of our new building.

SUMMER 2018 


Begin construction on the Learning Commons, Henderson renovations.

The former dining hall transforms: Meet the Learning Commons, where yesterday's library becomes an inspiring, 21st Century envirnoment for study and collaboration. Students learn in different ways and with different tools. Space that is well-equipped, inviting, and flexible makes this learning possible. Planned completion: Spring 2019.


Begin construction on the Innovation Center; construction on The Green follows.

A best-in-class facility designed to inspire, stimulate, and challenge. With K-12 science classrooms, technology and maker labs, wood and metal shops, the Innovation Center will be a dynamic hub of creativity for every single Dawson student. Planned completion: Spring 2020.

Dawson's campus is integral to our program, and is used in ways both educational and restorative. Our campus quad, The Green, is designed to allow and promote community gathering, recreation, and experiential learning. Planned completion: Spring 2020.

The spark of possibility.

There's nothing more important than helping young people discover the possibilities, and that is what Dawson does every day. We develop students into the world's thinkers, leaders, creators - and the glorious Dawson campus is where possibilities ignite. Dawson has experienced remarkable enrollment growth, and we are dedicated to providing the best educational program in the region; that combination has led to our first new construction in 20 years. We have exciting plans for developing our campus to nurture our students' development for years to come.

Thanks to the generosity and early support of the Alexander Dawson Foundation, many Dawson families, alumni, and grandparents, as well as the hard work of numerous dedicated volunteers, we are excited to announce that the time is now for us to move from development to reality! 
Want the inside scoop - literally? On the left of this page
find a link to a 5-minute animation that will fly you
over, around, and inside what's planned!

Construction of our new Dining Commons began Summer 2017; next up, Henderson renovations and the Learning Commons, then the Innovation Center and The Green campus quad. The adjacent timeline gives details and will be updated regularly. These facilities are game-changers, and support the development of the combination of hard and soft skills students need to succeed.
We continue to seek and gain support for the subsequent phases of the campus growth plan. We have work to do to realize our full vision for the campus, but our progress has exceeded expectations. We look forward to sharing this fundraising initiative with the entire Dawson community in 2018.

Please explore these pages to learn more about what's planned. We hope you share our excitement for what's ahead!

Tomorrow Starts Today: Campus Growth

Dawson's Guiding Principles for Campus Growth

* Stay anchored in Dawson's Strategic Plan - our vision for Dawson's best future.   
* Invite full community participation - trustees, families, students, alumni, faculty, staff.  
Utilize best-in-class guidance and partners throughout design and construction.  
Make choices based on what is essential for our students' success.  
Live our commitment to today's best practices in sustainability and the environment.  
Ensure new facilities complement and integrate with current campus look and feel.  
Be fiscally responsible. Design spaces for maximum, multi-purpose, flexible use.