The Alexander Dawson School

Dawson offers challenging academics, robust arts and athletics programs, and renowned outdoor and experiential education. Dawson graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world.

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Technology

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

All students at Dawson enjoy a rigorous and adventurous study of technology. Our approach is multidisciplinary, and collaborative with core subjects taught in the classroom. Our technology curriculum is focused on five primary areas:
Foundational Technology Skills - Computer and iPad use, word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, keyboarding, and general technology literacy
Coding - software programming
Engineering and Design - electronics, 3D modeling/printing, prototyping
Robotics - design, construction, operation, and application of robots
Digital Media - photography, video, audio, learning portfolios and reflections
Members of the Technology Department works with classroom teachers on collaborative grade level projects using technology. We believe that the best learning environment is one of application. We strive to create authentic conditions for technology application and learning.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Many areas of our innovation program have grown exponentially each year. The Robotics Team - which has components in all three divisions. The First Robotics team has done quite well in recent competing, competing regularly at regional and national levels.

Athletics

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
General Public
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Description

Dawson athletics give all our students an opportunity to learn about what it takes to be successful in and out of the gym, on and off the field. Their experiences participating in team sports and class activities, individual competitions, and handling adversity and challenge are invaluable to Dawson's educational philosophy. Students learn the value of hard work, setting goals, and bringing their best effort every day. These are all skills they will use the rest of their lives.

From their time in kindergarten through graduation, Dawson incorporates physical education into each student's educational experience, and provides a myriad of ways to literally jump in. The school has six soccer and lacrosse fields, six tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, two full gyms, a weight room, a rock-climbing wall, and an outdoor swimming pool. Beginning in kindergarten students take PE classes, and in sixth through eight grades, Dawson ensures that all students participate in at least one of the 13 team sport options. In seventh and eighth grade, all students must participate in athletics, and by upper school, many students compete on Dawson's behalf - sometimes as three-sport student athletes. Not surprisingly, many go on to participate at the next level.

From one coach, "Because of our school's size, Dawson offers greater opportunities to participate in a variety of sports. Come to this school with a good attitude and a willingness to work hard, and there's no telling what you might accomplish."

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Evidence of Program's Success

Parent reviews of the program are very positive. Coaches and referees outside of Dawson regularly comment on our students sportsmanship and professionalism on the field or court.

Regular post-season play in most sports, including at state tournament level. Regular local, all-regional, and all-state player honors, as well as student-athlete recognition.

Arts

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Families
Females, all ages or age unspecified
General Public
Males, all ages or age unspecified

Description

How do you craft a well-rounded education? With clay? Through watercolors? In three-part harmony? Yes, yes, and yes. The Dawson arts program gives exceptional depth and richness to our students' learning experience, and is a priority within our educational program. They gain self-discipline, strengthen their powers of observation, learn self-reflection, and discover the countless thrills of culture. Ours arts center contains a full theater, seven performing and visual arts studios - and plenty of activity. Beginning in kindergarten, our students work with more than 20 different media each year. In Middle School, they are exposed to an array of arts electives including ceramics, photography, and woodworking. From kindergarten through eighth grade, each class performs at least one play per year. Upper School features choirs, instrumental ensembles, dance, and improv troupes. Upper School students put on two major theater productions per year, as well as cabaret performances. There's really no limit to the ways students can experience - and benefit from - the arts at Dawson.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The popularity of the arts program continues to grow. Classes have been added, shows often have standing room only and many graduates who have made a career in the arts owe the beginning to Dawson.

Global & Experiential Studies

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Description

Education is not a spectator sport, so Dawson makes sure students participate directly in their learning. Your kids are going to get their hands dirty here," one faculty member explains. Our students use their muscles, their minds, and all of their senses to learn about the world around them. They travel, investigate, and come to fully appreciate countless aspects of nature, culture, history, science, language, and more.

It begins in kindergarten with regular field trips and progresses to overnight trips and then week-long class trips in Middle and Upper School. An overnight Lower School excursion might be to the Denver Zoo where students use night-vision goggles to observe animals in the dark, or to the Plains Conservation Center, where they spend two days livings as Native Americans and pioneers did years ago.

Our all-school Winterim program is a week when students engage in special thematic learning programs, both on and away from campus, depending on grade level. By seventh grade, a student's Winterim experience might well take pace outside of the country.

These experiences are a key way that Dawson fulfills the vision it has for its students: that our graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world.

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Evidence of Program's Success

As early as kindergarten, students are heavily immersed in studying the world's people and their cultures. First and second graders study a variety of countries, both independently and in a classroom setting. Third and fourth grade students learn about Ancient Mediterranean history and the Middle Ages, respectively, with both units culminating in cultural banquets that require students to transform themselves into the very people they have been studying. Winterim weeks often revolve around world cultures, and past experiences have involved "traveling" to Africa and Japan, among other countries.

Middle school students work collaboratively and often Skype with students from a number of countries. Beginning in seventh grade, students are offered the opportunity to travel internationally on school-led trips. Once in eighth grade, students are able to participate in Dawson Global Adventures, an international summer travel program. Every other summer middle school science teacher Bill Meyers leads a malaria eradication trip to Africa.

Collaboration and independent work in everyday classes are consciously balanced, and international travel continues in Upper School through world language immersion opportunities in Spain, France and China, Winterim, Dawson Global Adventures, and the Wolf Global Scholars program. The understanding of how different people work, believe, and approach their daily lives is broadened through these rewarding and numerous experiences.

K - 12 College Preparatory

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Female Children (5 - 14 years)
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Children (5 - 14 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Description

Dawson challenges its students to achieve excellence of mind, body, and character through a rigorous college preparatory program. Courses in English, history, world languages, math, science, and the arts stress preparation for college or university study and teach students to achieve individual potential, to savor life, and to meet the challenges of the world. Dawson is a traditional, independent, college-prepratory school with a Boulder twist that reveals the school's commitment to the individual, to coaxing palpable achievement from buding potential, and to encouraging independent thought.Dawson graduates are young men and women who achieve their individual potential, savor life, and meet the challenges of the world.

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Evidence of Program's Success

2016 Graduation Class:
* 100% graduation rate
* 100% four-year college/university acceptance
* $5,628,745 in scholarship/grant awards offered
* $69,467 average four-year scholarship/grant award
* 65% of seniors received scholarship/grant offers
* 108 scholarships/grants offered
* 90th percentile mean ACT scores

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