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Lafayette, CO
Students enrolled: 454

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10455 Dawson Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026

(303) 665-6679
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October 09, 2014
I attended Dawson for nine years as a student and am now back to substitute teach and work as a marketing intern. While attending Dawson, it felt small and cliquish at times - but my Dawson classmates are my closets friends today. Dawson is expensive, but not everyone boasts their wealth, and not everyone is extremely wealthy or "elitist". That being said, every person knows the sticker price upon enrolling their child at the school, so it sort of comes with the territory. Also, these kids are in high school (at least where I saw most of these issues begin) - they have growing up to do - just like the students at every other school. These issues are no more prevalent than at any other local school. In my opinion, it's good preparation for "the real world" to learn to deal with different personalities and perspectives. Furthermore, I have had extremely fulfilling experiences and success since graduating - most of which, I attribute to my beginnings at Dawson. It was there that I was encouraged to travel abroad for a semester in my junior year. Dawson does care about its students, and they continue to support them long after they graduate.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2014
We have two children at Dawson, and the experience for each has been fantastic. Love all the personal attention, small class sizes - we feel like the teachers really know and understand each kid: It's not a cookie-cutter approach. The academic program is really strong, and all the arts, athletics, technology, etc. are great - plus they get lots of chance to develop as leaders. We feel like our kids have a 'leg up': They are really well prepared as they advance through the years.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
Our 2 children attended Dawson for 6 years. We first thought Dawson was great, but we soon realized the elitist atmosphere was a facade to perpetuate its fund raising and image as an elite school. After Dawson drastically raised tuition every year and cut its bus program, we moved our kids to public school. Many of Dawson's credits and test scores do not transfer to local schools. Dawson's elitist atmosphere will leave a lasting sense of entitlement on your child. Many kids go on to obscure, high $ impractical liberal arts colleges. Some of my daughter's peers literally became Tibetan guides or joined the army because their post college life didn't meet the idealistic life learned at Dawson - extremely bright kids who learned no life skills at Dawson. Fortunately, we pulled our younger son from Dawson before he was permanently scarred by Dawson's elitist land. if you are well off and want your kid to depend on your trusts, send them to Dawson! But if you want your child to learn to cope, work, and compete with the masses and support themselves, avoid Dawson. Dawson was an immense waste of money and for daughter, did far more long term motivational harm than good.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2014
Our experience with Dawson has been limited to the Lower School, so I can't comment on the Middle or Upper Schools. The teachers at Dawson are great. The projects are interesting and fun, and keep the kids engaged. The teachers set high expectations, and the kids meet them. The Lower School also has the kids participate in Library, Computer, Spanish, PE, Art, Music --each a few times or more a week ....and they have recess several times a day.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
We are about to start our 7th year at Dawson. We absolutely love it here. Our kids are thriving in this amazing environment. The sports and arts programs are just as awesome! The teachers and the community of parents are just as great. We couldn't ask for a better place to raise and educate our kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
Alexander Dawson has a fantastic Middle School and High School. Small class sizes, very engaged teachers and a wonderful arts program. There is nothing like this in the Boulder area.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
We are beginning our 6th year at Dawson. Four kids spanning all 3 divisions. In my opinion LS = hard to justify the $20K but convenience and loving teachers a plus, MS = 5th grade weak but great after that. I love that the MS helps develop the whole person not just the academic side. HS = teachers accessible and really seem to care about students. Small classes mean that kids really are learning and that office hours are for their benefit. Teachers really do want them to succeed. My only wish...stronger sports program for HS.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
We looked at every private school in Boulder County, and we when toured Dawson couldn t imagine that it was as good as it seemed, but were also afraid that maybe our kids weren t good enough to get in. One of our children is extremely bright, the other needs some extra help - but it didn t matter, at Dawson they are thriving. The teachers, campus and the quality of the education have completely exceeded our expectations. What an incredible place to be able to get educated. We were previously in a public school and grew tired of teaching to the test , and large class sizes. While not every kid will respond to small class sizes, ours have. The teachers, school counselors, administration, and head of school are all responsive and enthusiastic. The education is extremely compelling, challenging, not composed of busy work, and the teachers care passionately. When we walk around the campus we see well- mannered and respectful kids even the teenagers. None of them look angst ridden, even before schools in the hallways there s an energy that is palpable. One of the things we no longer worry about is our children s education we know they are in extraordinary hands at Dawson

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2012
I am currently a student at Dawson with mixed feelings about the school. The teachers are very knowledgeable in their respective subjects and are eager to help students, and with some, I feel like I can talk to them as if they were one of my friends. The small class size is also great, i have about at average of 15 students in each of my classes. However, the small class sizes are suffocating. Grades average about 40-50 people in total, and while you do know everyone in your grade, if you don't fit in into one of the social groups (keep in mind there are about 2 or 3 for each gender in every grade), then you will be miserable, because these are the only people you can socialize with here. The homework level starting in high school is ridiculous, I have on average about 4 to 5 hours a night. School takes up all of my time, and when I am not doing homework, I'm either sleeping or eating. Your social life will be low to nonexistent at this school, depending on how studious you are. This school is great for only a few kinds of people, and if you find that you don't fit the Dawson "mold" per se, then I advise that you look for another school

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2012
Look very closely. This school has a great reputation in the community. When we enrolled our child, it seemed like the best option (small classes and great academdics). However, we found it to be lacking academically. We were told our child was working ahead of grade level at Dawson, only to find out that our child was behind when we switched to the local public school. Dawson is just not keeping up with the excellent public schools in our area. Our child is now struggling to catch up. As noted by other reviewers, social problems are not adequately addressed. The school says all the right things initially but doesn't follow through. They sweep them under the rug to the detriment of the students. If you want excellent academics and a safe social environment, consider the nearby public schools.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
Stressful. Intense. I agree with the Alumni student that wrote "any real issues seem to be swept under the rug and told to keep quiet". My child was miserable here. My child is very happy at a new school in Boulder. I had a teacher at Dawson tell me "they were just joking" when the bullies were harrassing my child. The teachers then went on to spread the word that "one parent" made a big deal about it. Unprofessional.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
I am an alumni of Alexander Dawson school - I attended for 7 years (6-12) and graduated in 2011. I would like to preface what I am about to say with the fact that Dawson has unparalleled teachers and faculty. The small classes and the high caliber teachers make your investment well worth it. The culture at the school leaves a lot to be desired. After graduating, I began surveying my former classmates about their experiences. A startling, and worrisome, trend I found was that people told me that they not only felt like the workload (9/10 hour days, 2/3 hours of homework, nightly) was unreasonable, they felt trapped under the burden of competing with each other for college admissions spots. Dawson has 100% acceptance rate, and pushes the college prep as early as 8th grade. By the time you're a junior, it's intense and unavoidable. Now that we're removed from it, have talked about how vehemently unhappy we were. We all have stories of crying ourselves to sleep at night, and even a few cases of clinical anxiety and depression. The Dawson community is close but quiet. Any real issues seem to be swept under the rug and told to keep quiet.

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2012
My son had an injury that required an extended absence from school, they have been very accomadating and understanding, unlike anything I have ever seen when our children were in the public schools. It's a very diverse population, we debated about having our son involved in this type of "elite wealthy school" but not everyone is like that and it's just a good school.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
We moved our youngest daughter to Dawson a year ago from a nearby public school where there had been severe bullying and weak academics. I am/we are delighted to report that Dawson has been a superb experience both socially and academically. She's challenged by a superb collection of teachers, has a strong peer group who want to succeed, and found an environment that is small, supportive and competitive. If we had to move from CO for job reasons, as we did last year, we would encounter serious resistance from her. That is about the best possible outcome and testimonial for the school after a big move and rocky initial transition to CO last year. Our only criticism is the lack of girl's sports alternatives. That said, the arts offerings are first rate and the campus sensational. Dawson is a great school on nearly every measure and we're seriously considering it for our other daughter.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
Disappointing. There is a bullying problem. A few mean students seem to be running the show. They are well connected in the community. The lack of real consequences for inappropriate & cruel behaviors leads to more of those behaviors.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2012
We moved our two sons to Dawson this year from public school and have been amazed by the quality of the educational experience. The small class sizes and individual attention that the teachers provide has been such a great educational stimulus. The teachers go the extra mile to develop interesting projects to reinforce topics and make learning fun and interesting. The extracurricular opportunities are vast, and we also appreciate the school's commitment to making the students solid citizens with a focus on community service. The middle school iPad program has also been very successful and it is providing students with necessary skills for the 21st century. We recommend Dawson without hesitation. As parents, it is a relief to not feel like we need to spend every spare moment at home supplementing our children's education, which is how we felt in our local public school.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2012
My two children have been at Dawson for four years and we have had great success at the school. The experiential education programs have been a big plus for us and the school provides so many opportunities for travel and engagement. My son who is a Senior at Dawson has really thrived and has shown such improvement in growth, attitude, and creativity. My daughter has learned how to organize herself and work hard and is ready for high school. The teachers are great and really engaged. An added plus is the centralized bus service. It is not a door to door service, but does offer many options for working parents like us.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2011
My daughter graduated from A. Dawson school and with the help of several teachers and coaches went on to a large university out east where she's thriving. She's said that much of her success at the university is from what she learned and how she learned at Dawson. The opportunities provided her at the school were such wonderful life gifts. She grew in all the ways that a parent wants to witness-- not always an easy road for teenagers, but necessary with the inevitable peaks and valleys. First and foremost, I would say the teachers and staff at Dawson are the most special thing about the school--they're enthusiastic, tireless, and love what they are teaching. Our son is there now and he's received plenty of assistance and cheering on from several of his teachers for testing, papers, grades etc. Dawson seems to get it that it's important for the whole child to be challenged and to grow into young adulthood--that's the opportunity they give every student there. I would say Dawson provides the ground for your child to be challenged and to grow and seek greater things after high school. They only have to accept that challenge!

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2011
We were a public school family but now have two children at Dawson. We love the small class sizes and the way the teachers engage with the students. We're also fans of the athletic programs and other extracurricular activities at the school. But our favorite aspect of Dawson relates to its broad view of education. While the academics are rigorous, the focus isn't teaching facts for a test. Instead, the school encourages students to become thoughtful world citizens. Critical thinking is encouraged, community service and experiential education are incorporated into the curriculum, and the students are challenged to find their voices and passions. We really appreciate that kind of environment and we're happy with the impact it has had on our kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
Alexander Dawson is unquestionably deserving of it's rank as the top private school in Colorado. The educators and administrators are second to none, each profoundly engaged and interested in each child and excited to share their wealth of knowledge. There is a sense of contentment, camaraderie, friendship and acceptance throughout the beautiful campus from students and teachers alike. It is a phenomenal school that offers only the best of the best, successfully preparing young men and women for an extraordinary future. A family we spoke to before transferring our oldest son to Dawson said the school had made her son into "a gentleman and a scholar." After enrolling both our sons from local public schools, I can now wholeheartedly say that was a very eloquent and accurate assessment. Perhaps my son (now a very well prepared college freshman at a top ranked Engineering school) put it best when asked if there was anything he would change about Dawson: he immediately replied "I only wish we'd found it sooner."

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2011
Our Son attended Dawson for several years. His last year in attendance, the school decided to abruptly terminate the provided bus service (which we paid for) during the summer break (June) and left us with no means to get our Son to and from school each day (unlike many Dawson parents, we both worked). This would have been bad enough, but Dawson's Administration decided to enforce the Enrollment Agreement we signed two months prior, in March, and not only retained our 3k deposit, but went so far as to sue us in County Court for the upcoming years tuition, an additional $15,000. We later settled out of Court, but I cannot express strongly enough, my disgust for the way we were treated and it embarrasses and shames me to think the same staff had any REAL concern for my Son while he attended there. Sadly, I expect ANY school charging 20K a year for tuition to provide an exceptional education, it's the ethics that can vary, and at Dawson you will learn that given the opportunity, they will treat you and your Child as no more than income and utilize every chance to exploit your family, regardless of the circumstances. Avoid Dawson.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2011
Our son is currently a senior and has attended Dawson since 8th grade. His time at Dawson has been life changing. He has learned and experienced so much with the unflagging support and encouragement of the amazing and dedicated faculty and staff. He LOVES school and is very involved in extracurricular activities. His classes have been challenging and interesting. He works closely with his teachers, and many of them have become mentors who know him well. He has made lifelong friends and has learned to manage his time and maintain balance in his life. He has had the opportunity to travel during Winterim, on school trips, and through participation in other school activities. He's had the chance to develop leadership and public speaking skills, as well as learning the importance of service to others through volunteering. The school has also provided extensive assistance with the college application process. Dawson has been instrumental in helping our son grow into a happy, kind, self-motivated, and responsible young man who is well-prepared and more than ready to attend college next fall. The tuition we've paid has been worth every penny - a stellar investment in our son's future.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2011
Dawson School excels in so many ways. The world class faculty truly care about the students and take the time to know them both inside and outside the classroom. The academic program is second to none. Kids are challenged in AP classes as well as Honors courses. There is a global perspective that gets kids thinking about the world as a whole, not just their local community. Experiential learning takes place through class trips and a week long "Winterim" experience every year, taking kids out of the classroom and into the real world. The arts play a major role at Dawson with all students getting involved in theater, music, or a wide choice of visual arts. Sports get equal billing as kids of all ages participate on teams and in individual sports year round. Foreign language is a key component to completing the well rounded child. Finding a diverse student population in Boulder County can be a real challenge, but the diversity at 460 student Dawson is better than most in the county. Our kids have thrived at Dawson and we wouldn't have them anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2011
We have 2 children at Dawson in both the Lower and Middle Schools. I cannot say enough terrific things about the school. A few of the reviews here suggest you have to be gifted to attend and excel at the school. Nothing could be further from the truth. Dawson is, for sure, a challenging academic environment where your children will be pushed hard to learn (unlike public schools these days) but is also an extremely caring, supportive and warm community of students and parents. The teachers are absolutely outstanding and the facilities second to none. Our children both love attending the school and it's hard to find a school where that can be said. I cannot imagine our children attending another school as wonderful as Dawson and know that they will be, and are, better for the experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2011
Our daughter has been at Dawson for 11 years. The Elementary School was outstanding. Great new facilities and experienced teachers. The Middle School teachers really connected with the kids. The Upper School program and teachers are world class. The Upper School is getting better as the county allows some modest growth. More sports and class choices will follow. The college prep programs are as good as they get. We couldn't be happier with the experience our daughter has gotten at each year.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2011
It was an okay experience however the class size was to small and i needed a change. It's athletic program was not very strong either. I also noticed a lot of bullying going on not to me but to other people.

- submitted by a community member
December 07, 2010
This school is great for the child who is perfect. If you are not rich, you won't fit in. If you are not getting 98s or higher on test scores don't even bother. I have been bullied senseless at this school. People here are spoiled. If your child fits these standards then your child will do great here! Good luck picking schools!

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2010
Quite frankly, switching to Dawson was the best decision our family has ever made. To have my kids loving learning again and to feel free to express themselves in a nurturing environment not only helps them academically and socially, but also adds great joy to our home environment. The teachers and staff care. The school is forward thinking. The graduates are well-equipped world citizens. Dawson....quite simply..."gets it."

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2010
Outstanding, Superlative. My son just completed his first year at Dawson! We love it! I'll work on Alaskan oil rigs in the dead of winter if I need to, to keep my babies at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 03, 2010
I've had children in every division of Dawson, and I can say without hesitation that it has been the best decision we have made in our kids' lives. The teaching staff is incredible - dedicated, caring, knowledgeable, engaging. Kids are encouraged to reach their highest potential in academics, athletics and the arts. With college acceptances riding on more than just academics these days, Dawson does a great job of creating well rounded students.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
I have two children at the school, in both the Middle and Upper Schools, and I couldn't be more pleased. While the curriculum is rigorous, the teaching staff encourage the kids to challenge themselves academically. They also make themselves available by offering extra help sessions, especially in math. The school is committed to my children's success.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
My son has attended Dawson's lower school for the last two years and we could not have been happier. We had very lofty expectations coming in, but they have been easily meet by the wonderful, caring teachers, administrators and other staff throughout the school. The level of communication and cooperation from the staff at Dawson is very impressive. The small class size, energetic teachers and well rounder ciriculum have fostered a cohesiveness among the students that is exciting to see. Unfortunately, work matters are forcing us to relocate an hour and a half away. We contemplated driving this distance or even changing careers in order to avoid having to leave this wonderful school. We decided that it's not feasible to do this, so we are left heartbroken!

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2010
Not a school for the Highly Gifted. Made numerous promises about keeping my son challenged, but upon numerous discusions of his boredom, they refused to increase the level of acedemic work provided for him in elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2010
The teachers are great (except for a few grumpy 7/8th grade teachers). The campus is beautiful. However, there is a culture of meanness among the students. Our daughter finally gave up trying to fit in and decided to change schools. The high school students are required to participate in sports after school so often don't get home from games until 7 or 8 o'clock. If they want to get sports credit elsewhere it must be something very competitive. Not all kids are super competitive. To me, a heavy homework load does not always mean you are getting a superb education. I found this school way too expensive for what you get in return.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2009
The teachers are very caring and most are quite good, and the campus is beautiful but the administration is a pain to put up with and then the general attitude carried by the people in charge at Dawson is quite poor but if you don't mind putting up with a problematic administration your kid will learn alot but I had to pull my two kids out (9th and 11th) this year because we all were just so fed up with the people in charge over there .

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
the small class sizes, beautiful campus, and VERY caring teachers is what makes this school special. Also, the parents are great.... and eclectic. There are many interesting opportunities for a parent to plug into.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
My son, now in 8th grade, has gone to Alexander Dawson since 5th grade (the start of Dawson's Middle school) and we have had a wonderful experience. My son is very social and had many friends in the public school he went to before Dawson, so he would have thrived socially in either a small independent school like Dawson or a large public school, but what Dawson provided for him, that was lacking in his Boulder County public school, was that extra challenge that really pushed him to the next level of his abilities and the dynamic and engaging teachers have kept his love of learning alive. We had some fantastic teachers in the public school system and some very bad teachers that had tenure in the public school, that despite many complaints, were not leaving. Dawson does not have this problem and all the teachers are talented and inspiring.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
Outstanding teachers, facilities, and administration. Class sizes are fantastic, allowing for personal student interactions.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 09, 2009
The Dawson School has a fantastic lower school. The teachers are caring and really teach the children how to learn. The school generates a feeling of excellence and well being to the students. We are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2009
I am a new student at Alexander Dawson School and have, in these past weeks, been able to experience the kind, friendly and educationally outstanding nature of this school. I feel privileged to be part of such a wonderful atmosphere and have established strong relationships between friends and teachers, even in such a short time period.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 06, 2009
I was a Dawson parent and now work at the school. As a parent, I was a real Dawson fan, so before accepting a job there, I hesitated. I didn't want to stop being a fan, but knew that sometimes a place doesn't look as good from the inside as it does on the outside. I took the plunge, accepted the job, and am happy to say that after six years, Dawson looks as good from the inside as it does from outside.

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2009
As a new kindergarten family to Dawson, we are extremely impressed with the teachers, community and leadership. It is especially impressive how the kindergarten teacher has been able to address the individual levels/styles of the children and also promote a wonderful group environment in just the first couple of months. We did an extensive review of schools in the area and are quite impressed with Dawson for the abilty to address the learning for the whole child - academics, honor codes, arts, music, sports, world culture, and beyond. Impressive institution that appropriately challenges children academically and also helps them understand the themselves and world on many, many levels! We are looking forward to first grade and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Dawson provides an excellent academic education along with a wonderful focus on the arts, athletics, and community activism. The teachers are wonderful and caring the the campus is lovely.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2009
I have two children at the school. My son has had many challenges with learning differences but patient and caring teachers have allowed our family to grind our way through finding the right meds and counseling. He now earns all 'A's and 'B's. The social network of friends and families is caring and supportive. Administration has also done their best to make the school affordable.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 07, 2009
The best school ever. Fantastic environment. Great parents and faculty. Few issues on the high school part. Some teachers are not as great as the rest and the sports programs often go too late.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
Great teachers but the sports games and theater production rehearsals go too late - sometimes till 9pm! - which makes it difficult for many students to keep up with studying for exams. The other schools in the area have far too many students per class and Dawson certainly has nice, small class sizes.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2009
This school is awesome i have been here for 9 years. they have a great standard, and pay attention to everyone that needs help.

- submitted by a student
November 09, 2008
The teachers and staff are wonderful, however, so far it seems the academics are no more difficult than most public schools. Our child is repeating in 7th grade Math and English what he learned in 6th grade public school.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2008
Our son is new to Dawson this year. I can't say enough about how great this school has been so far. It has absolutely exceeded my expectations so far in virtually every respect. It's expensive, yes. And we aren't rich. But so far it's been more than worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2008
Joining this school has been a great turn-around for my son. He's been reinvigorated in his curiosity and love of learning. The school is fantastic, supportive community.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2008
Dawson is an tremendous educational experience. The campus, school and overall experience are unparallel. We're 9 year veterans with 3 children.

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October 06, 2008
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October 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2008
Dawson works from all 4 of our kids--from a kindergartner to a high schooler. What we really appreciate most is how well the teachers get to know our kids, and how much accountability there is, both in and outside the classroom. There is no other school in the area where they could have this kind of academic experience.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
Great school, teachers, sense of community on a campus with wonderful facilities.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
We have been extremely pleased with our experience at Dawson. Our newphew started at Dawson as a Freshman in 2007 and he has expressed nothing but positive words about the teachers and his overall academic experience. My husband and I do feel, as middle class parents, that there are some challenges interacting in such an affluent community; however, it has not limited our nephew's social experience whatsoever. The school has a robust scholarship program that helps create a more diverse student population and I would urge families to pursue that opportunity if tuition costs appear limiting. The personal communication between the school and student-family far-exceeds any other public or private school experience and the academic program is challenging and tailored to help students achieve their greatest potential. I consider Dawson to be the best personal investment we've ever made for any of our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2008
For the last 4 years I have had the privilege of working hare at Dawson for the college counselor and the academic dean. Between the end of September and the the end of October this year Dawson offered one on one visits with 71 college admissions representatives who are impressed with our students and the rigor of our curriculum. Our students are involved in community service, have the chance to participate in the Immersion program during the spring semester in Spain or Switzerland and have students from there come to Dawson . Dawson seniors complete a senior project which is a two-week internship, finishing with a formal presentation. This is a requirement for graduation. Our graduates attend top colleges across the U.S. and I'm proud to be a part of this fine community. I have worked in high schools for 25 years and Dawson definitely has advantages not found in the public schools.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 02, 2008
Dawson provides excellent opportunities academically, athletically and artistically. The small class sizes have allowed my children not only individualized attention, but also freedom to explore opportunities they might not have had a chance to at a larger school. Dawson offers and requires community service which is very important to our family. Service learning and experiential learning are two things that sets Dawson apart.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
Although the campus and small classrooms are wonderful, we are unhappy with the amount of homework and our child reports he needs more socialization as the high school population is only about 30 kids. Lastly, the many very wealthy families there have not reciprocated efforts by us or our child to socialize so we feel isolated as a middle class family. There are generous tuition grants available to all income levels (grants are expense based), so we are grateful for the opportunity to have attended but overall, it is not working out the way we envisioned.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
Incredible school with amazing faculty!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2008
Alexander Dawson is a great school. Not just for the gifted, but for the average, decent kid. The class size is small, allowing each child to get very personal attention. The teachers are wonderful! With rare exception, they are compassionate towards growing kids and passionate about their field of study. This school ranks among the best, not just academically, but for the building of the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
My daughter attended Dawson for 7 years and graduated 2 years ago. She blossomed as a leader in this school and it gave her confidence not only academically, but socially and professionally. She not only developed life long relationships with other students, but also with several of her teachers. My son is now in his 6th year there and loves it. He says he wants to stay there through high school. He already has many skills that he can use for life. We love this school! It is not only a great academic learning environment, but it also teaches respect and ethics and helps the students mature into productive young adults.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
We feel very lucky to be a part of this great school. Everything about it is fabulous.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
My family is not new to private education; my husband was assistant head and business manager at a Virginia private school for over forty years. We are however, new to Dawson. My granddaughter was unhappy about leaving her old school, but all her anxieties were quickly erased by the caring and connected orientation at Dawson. We are beyond pleased with the faculty, campus, and academic opportunities. Dawson appears to be the perfect learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2008
Geat teachers and parent community. It is set on a beautiful campus in Lafayette where the kids feel safe and loved. The curriculum is challenging and whole child based. Dawson offers wonderful music, art, and language programs.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
We are very pleased with Dawson's commitment to academic excellence, its strong emphasis on the arts, and its welcoming environment. They do a wonderful job of helping a new student transition into the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 10, 2008
Fabulous school so far. Very involved, caring, experienced teachers who LOVE teaching their students. Campus is great and teachers and directors take special care in seeing that the kids get from place to place. My daugther has announced she wants her children to go to Dawson and she's 5 ! Now that's an endorsement!!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
October 30, 2007
Caring wonderful teachers. Amazing campus. Small class sizes. Diverse opportunities.

- submitted by a community member
July 01, 2005
The academic programs at Dawson are very impressive. The school offers many AP courses (the equivalent to college-level work) and honors courses. Dawson encourages students to be well-rounded; each student is required to take 2 co-curricular activities a year, including sports teams and theatrical productions. The Parent Council is an active group on campus, heading up their own fundraisers and throwing events for the students.

- submitted by a former student
April 27, 2005
Dawson provides great oppurtunitys for there students. they have many different types of classes that you can take. the Arts at dawson is one of the most significant priviliges Dawson student recieve. the art center is so facinating with a theatre, muiltiple music rooms and great ceramic and philm making rooms. The sport of dawson are okay. the negative part about the sport program is that you sre required to play at least two sports a year. this causes great problem for many students. some students only play one sport and are forced to play another. since parents ar epaying for there child tuition, they should have a choice of how many sports they want to play. the class sizes at dawson are very noce and small abd the teachers are fantastic. they all come form the top colleges in the country with a degree in what they teach.

- submitted by a student
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Alexander Dawson School
10455 Dawson Drive, Lafayette, CO  80026
(303) 665-6679
Last modified Alexander Dawson School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Alexander Dawson School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top