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The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a nurturing learning community for students in preschool through grade eight that challenges students to achieve excellence in mind, body and character.

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Our community exhibits empathy, integrity, humility, and kindness. We are accountable for our actions and learn deeply from others. We uplift diverse voices and build experiences that honor identity. We listen for understanding to develop and nurture purposeful partnerships.


Our community believes wonder and joy result in thoughtful and enduring learning. True to the legacy of our founder, there is no limit to what we dream, do, try, and solve. Our learners exert voice and choice during the journey toward new competencies and skills. Our commitment to evolve and take ownership of our growth reflects our engagement with lifelong learning.


Our community appreciates the sacrifices of others for freedom and social justice. We aspire to positively impact our school, local community, and the world. We investigate root causes, analyze solutions, connect with people in need, and are empowered activists in the problem-solving process. Dawson changemakers value global perspectives and a "Love of the Land".

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Our community believes learning should inspire creativity, collaboration, and innovation through experiences that embrace trial and error, failing forward, an iterative mindset, and reflection. Our founder believed in "Nothing Without Labor" and a transformative student experience that requires productive struggle.


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Stanford University Challenge Success Partner School in Nevada


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Early Childhood through Grade 8

Dawson's Early Childhood through Grade 8 program fosters a close-knit community where students, teachers, and families thrive together. Our supportive and engaging environment nurtures each child's growth and establishes a foundation for a lifelong love of learning. Through strong partnerships between home and school and high standards for teaching methods, we ensure every family enjoys a seamless, high-quality educational journey.

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Safety, Security & Facilities

Our 33 acres of desert beauty offer extraordinary indoor and outdoor spaces that spark curiosity and support personalized learning. We strive to preserve our unique buildings and grounds for future generations. Safety and security are top priorities and key reasons our families choose Dawson. We consistently work with faculty, staff, and the community to maintain and enhance our facilities, policies, and best practices. 

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Challenge Success

Dawson is a beacon school for Challenge Success, where student voice and choice are integral to our school culture. We aim to build and sustain a community where each student’s unique pathway redefines their success. We empower our students to advocate for their needs and balance academic pursuits with social and physical health and well-being. This approach creates a learning environment where students can thrive and achieve their full potential. 

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Commitment to Modern Learning

Dawson pushes educational boundaries, striving for outcomes that improve our community and the world. Our modern learning approach prepares students for real-world challenges, combining foundational skills in reading, writing, and math with future-ready skills and free-thinking mindsets. This ensures our students remain adaptive and versatile in an ever-changing world. 

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dawson strives to create a deep sense of belonging for every community member. We ensure each individual feels valued and respected by celebrating our collective differences. Our equity and inclusion goals focus on fair treatment, access, and opportunity by creating a welcoming environment where everyone feels cared for and appreciated. Our efforts build a culture that embraces and applauds the richness of our diverse community. 

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