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.
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.
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.
This school is awesome i have been here for 9 years. they have a great standard, and pay attention to everyone that needs help.
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.
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.
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.
Dawson is an tremendous educational experience. The campus, school and overall experience are unparallel. We're 9 year veterans with 3 children.
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.
Great school, teachers, sense of community on a campus with wonderful facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We feel very lucky to be a part of this great school. Everything about it is fabulous.
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.
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.
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