Dawson School


10455 Dawson Drive
Lafayette, CO 80026




Dawson School is the Boulder County region’s leading independent, college-preparatory school for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Dawson offers challenging, college-preparatory academics, robust athletics and arts programs, and renowned experiential and outdoor education.

For nearly 50 years, Dawson has been dedicated to excellence of mind, body, and character. We prepare students, through challenging and relevant learning, to become creative, resilient problem-solvers who bring their best to the world.

Dawson strives to create the world’s leaders, thinkers, creators. Highlights of Dawson’s program include:

  • Over $9m college scholarships offered in 2018
  • 100% graduation rate
  • Student:Faculty ratio of 7:1
  • Average class size of 15
  • 20% of students receive tuition assistance
  • 107-acre campus
  • 47 sports teams, many with post-season/award-winning performance
  • 20 arts program options
  • Study abroad opportunities
  • Leadership, public speaking, character education
  • Seven bus routes daily; multiple convenient stops
  • Integrated technology; K-12 coding, 3D modeling
  • 10 hours of specials weekly in Lower School
  • Gyms, fields, tennis courts
  • 72% of faculty have advanced degrees
  • Homemade hot and cold lunch daily
  • After-school care no charge
  • Involved parent community

Dawson actively promotes and embraces the exchange of diverse perspectives and backgrounds through curricular design and community involvement, and the integration of our four virtues – respect, compassion, courage, and integrity – into every aspect of community life. The school takes responsibility for providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all members of its community, as well as for cultivating in each student the ability to make empathetic, socially responsible decisions.

Dawson is more than a school: It’s an experience. An adventure. A community of students, faculty, and families with a shared commitment to excellence in education. An exceptional place where students are recognized as individuals and valued for their distinct personalities and abilities.

Students not only prepare for college here – they prepare for life. Call us at 303.665.6679 to schedule a campus visit – or go to