The national response to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has forced schools to close their physical campuses and pivot quickly to a distance learning model of education for their students.
As a premier independent school in Las Vegas, The Alexander Dawson School remains committed to ensuring our students continue to receive the best education possible during this challenging time using a blend of asynchronous and synchronous distance learning tools that are proven the most effective for students in early childhood to grade eight.
In addition to implementing age-appropriate distance learning best practices, and in an effort to mitigate any loss in foundational reading, writing, and math skills that the COVID-19 disruption may have caused, the School will offer free summer programming to current, newly enrolled, and graduating class of 2020 students. This will assist any students who may need additional skill-building support as they transition to their next grade level in the 2020-2021 school year.
While independent schools in Nevada that are engaged in distance learning do not need to make up physical school days, we want to make sure our Dawson students feel prepared and confident as they enter into the next school year. We will evaluate each student who participates and build a program that will meet each of their essential math, reading, and writing needs. This is not a summer camp nor is it project-based, but it will instead focus on the essential skills in the areas of math, reading, and writing.
Update: May 29, 2020
As of Friday, May 29, the state of Nevada has moved into phase 2 of its pandemic recovery plan. As a result, Dawson is excited to announce that our summer tutoring program, Academic Learning Labs, is poised to partially revert to an in-person, on-campus summer program for our rising EC through fifth-grade students!
Rising EC-2nd Grade Information
Rising EC, kindergarten, first, and second-grade students will attend the summer program on campus for all four weeks (June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, and July 13-17) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Academic Learning Labs will take place Monday through Thursday of these four weeks; there is no class on Fridays.
The student to teacher ratios in the classroom will be 8:1 in EC, kindergarten, and first grade and 10:1 in second grade. Additionally, we are working to secure Dawson alumni assistants to help in the classroom.
Please note: There is no online distance learning option for this group of students.
Rising 3rd-5th Grade Information
Rising third, fourth, and fifth-grade students will attend an online distance learning program for the first two weeks of camp (June 15-19 and June 22-26) and then attend the summer program on campus for the final two weeks (July 6-10 and July 13-17) from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; there is no class on Fridays.
The student to teacher ratio during the in-person third through fifth-grade program will be 10:1.
Please note: There is no online distance learning option for this group of students during the final two weeks of the summer program, July 6-17
Rising 6th-9th Grade Information
Rising sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth-grade students will remain fully online for distance learning for all four weeks (June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, and July 13-17) of the summer program.
Academic Learning Labs will take place Monday through Thursday; there is no class on Fridays.
Please note: There is no in-person, on-campus option for this group of students.
If your child is already registered for Academic Learning Labs and you are comfortable with Dawson’s new staggered approach, no other action on your part is needed
. If you would like to register your child or prefer to withdraw your child’s registration for any reason, please email Summer Program Coordinator Matsuko
Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org
. It is vital that we maintain appropriate student/teacher ratios for on-campus programming; therefore, the deadline to request a change to your child's summer program registration is Monday, June 1, by 5 p.m.