We'll Help Find the Right High School for Your Child

Welcome to Dawson's High School Guidance Program!

Dawson approaches the high school placement process with the same intensity as a high school's college placement program. Once your child graduates from Dawson, we know that the high school they attend will be critical in continuing their intellectual and personal growth in college and beyond. That is why Dawson has a personalized high school guidance program, including on and off-campus events and individual counseling. 

Our High School Placement Team partners with students and their families so that each eighth-grade student finds a high school that meets their expectations and maximizes their potential. Whether a Dawson student seeks a local public magnet, career and tech academies, private schools or boarding schools, our team provides guidance in every step and ensures that each family has the tools necessary to navigate this process.

Support & Services Include:

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  • Personalized Advice and Service

    All Dawson eighth-graders are assigned a High School Placement Advisor. Each member of the High School Placement Team works with no more than 12 students in a given year.
  • Personalized Access and Partnership

    Access to individuals who aim to personalize the high school application process. What does your child need or want? How do we balance that with what is best in the family's eyes? It's all about partnership and meeting our Mission and Vision.
  • Small Group Information Sessions with Boarding School Representatives

    On-campus small group information sessions by elite and highly selective boarding schools.

    For the 2019-2020 school year, the following boarding schools will present to Dawson students: Bishop's College, New Hampton School, Kent School, Dunn School, The Hotchkiss School, Stevenson School, Berkshire School, Blair Academy. (Updated 9/17/2019)

    Want to schedule a visit to Dawson? Contact Matsuko Freeman.
  • Shadow Days

    The opportunity to shadow students at local public and private schools.
  • Campus Visits By Local Representatives

    On-campus visits by public and private school representatives in the Las Vegas Valley.
  • SSAT Testing

    On-campus SSAT testing for Dawson students as well as local Las Vegas students.
  • Resources, Communication and Information

    Regular newsletters and podcasts about the high school placement process, featuring industry experts.

2015-2019 Dawson Graduates Matriculated At:

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  • Boarding Schools

    Annie Wright Schools
    Choate Rosemary Hall
    Deerfield Academy
    Forman School
    The Governor’s Academy
    Hawai’i Preparatory School
    Holderness School
    Hotchkiss School
    Lake Forest Academy
    Midland School
    Miss Porter’s School
    Phillips Exeter Academy
    Santa Catalina School
    Shattuck’s St. Mary’s School
    St. Paul’s School
    Stevenson School
    The Taft School
    The Thacher School
  • Local Las Vegas Schools

     
    A-Tech (Computer Science)
    A-Tech (Legal Studies)
    Adelson Educational Campus
    American Preparatory School
    Bishop Gorman High School
    Centennial High School
    Clark High School (AMSAT)
    Clark High School (AOF)
    Coronado High School
    College of Southern Nevada High School
    Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr High School
    Faith Lutheran Conservatory of the Arts
    Homeschool
    Las Vegas Academy (Dance)
    Las Vegas Academy (Guitar)
    Las Vegas Academy (Musical Theater)
    Las Vegas Academy (Piano)
    Las Vegas Academy (Technical Theater)
    Las Vegas Academy (Vocal)
    The Meadows School
    Northwest Career and Technical Academy (Education)
    Northwest Career and Technical Academy (Engineering & Design)
    Palo Verde High School
    Southeast Career and Technical Academy (Graphic Design)
    Spring Valley High School, IB Program
    West Career and Technical Academy (Biotechnology)
    West Career and Technical Academy (Business Management)

High School Planning Year At-A-Glance

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  • Year At-A-Glance

    September
    • Shadow days begin at area private schools
    • Register for SSAT Prep Classes. Purchase your prep book here.  
            Looking at Boarding Schools?
    October         Boarding School Students 
    • SSAT administration begins and will continue monthly
    November
    • Narrow your choices for high schools
    • Begin applications if you haven't already
    • Private and boarding school students - ask teachers for letters of recommendations prior to Thanksgiving break!
    December
    • Open house events begin for magnet and CTA programs
    • Complete your application for magnet and CTAs
    • Narrow your choices to three programs only
    • Admissions assessments begin for all private schools 
    • Boarding school students are adding finishing touches to their applications
    January
    • Magnet and CTA applications are due early January! 
    • Most boarding school applications are due
    March 
    • Boarding school decisions come out 
    April 
    • Magnet and CTA decisions usually come out
    • Faith and Gorman decisions generally come out later in the month

Dawson Podcast: What You Need to Know About Magnet/CTA Schools



Boarding School Information

Local Las Vegas High Schools Information

Local High School Planning and Events

Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Submit an inquiry here so you can receive login information when admission opens. Faith provides fall campus tours that can be located here.   Please email for more information: admissions@flhsemail.org

The Meadows School -  
For admissions, please visit their website here and complete the following steps: 1) Schedule a visit 2) Complete application 3) Schedule interview and testing 4) Submit supplemental forms.   For all questions and further information, please contact Ana Orsini, Associate Director of Admissions, at aorsini@themeadowsschool.org

Bishop Gorman High School - Please visit their admissions website here to review all requirements and admissions processes. Since Dawson is a partner school when you apply please choose Priority Incoming 9th Grader. If you have any questions please contact their Admissions Office at admissions@bishopgorman.org or 702-476-4060.

For SSAT Preparation Discounts and Packages through Test Innovators, click here.  

SSAT Verbal (Literature and Vocabulary) Prep at Dawson:   Ms. Lindley will be offering a series of SSAT English prep/practice sessions in room 321. You must register prior by emailing her at jlindley@adsrm.org
When:   
  • Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Cost:  $250 total (payable by check or cash at the first session) for 10 hours of prep, divided among multiple sessions depending on availability.  
Materials:   2018-2019 Kaplan SSAT/ISEE prep book - please bring the book to the first session. You can purchase it here, or Barnes and Noble usually carries it. Please be sure to purchase the Kaplan version so all students have the same book.
Why:  To gain 10 hours of preparation for the English portion of the SSAT prior to taking the exam in November.
Please Note: Ms. Lindley must have at least four students to offer the class. If fewer than four are interested, their parents are welcome to contact her about one-on-one test prep. The total cost of the class is $250, regardless of whether students can attend all sessions or not, as Ms. Lindley has to account for her planning and preparation time, as well as additional materials she compiles and purchases. There are no make-up sessions. If your student will miss five hours or more of class sessions, it would be better to talk to Ms. Lindley about potential one-on-one SSAT English prep. 
Note about SSAT Math prep:  Please contact Mr. Lyndell Lewis about one-on-one SSAT math prep sessions. 

Magnet, Career and Tech Academy Preparation:  For CCSD's website, click here. Criteria-Based programs will look at your overall GPA, Science Grade, Math Grade, and English Grade to qualify. 

Ongoing-  A-Tech- Maverick for a day program (Shadow A-tech!) (Dates: September: 24 and 30 October: 1, 8, 14, 15, 22, 28, 29  November: 5, 12, 18, 19) For more information please contact Gina Vallari at 702-799-7870 ext. 4078 or email at vallagm@nv.ccsd.net

Ongoing- Veterans Memorial Career and Technical Academy - Perspective students will be able to spend a day at VTCTA shadowing with a Student Ambassador in all of the program classes. Parents/Students who are interested will need to contact the Partnership Office to schedule 702-799-4710-ex 4087.    For more information click here.   

September 2019- Magnet, Career and Tech Academies Online Applications open. You may submit and rank your top three program choices.  For more information about Magnet and CTAs please check their website.

September 2019- Bishop Gorman High School - Priority application for admission opens online for Partner Schools, including Dawson. Please choose Priority Incoming 9th Grader.

September 18th, 2019-  We welcome Greg McConnell from Bishop's College School, Will McCullough from New Hampton School, Mike McKee from Dunn School, and Jeff Beck from Kent School during 7/8th-grade lunch from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.  All interested 7/8th students and parents are welcome to join these boarding school representatives to learn more about what boarding school is and if it is the right fit for High School!

September 19th, 2019 - Bishop Gorman High School Shadow Day for Dawson Students 

September 20, 2019 - West Career and Technical Academy (West-Tech) invites Dawson Families to attend an Open Campus Event on Friday, September 20th, from 7:30-9:00 am. This event is only for non-CCSD families and will include a 30-minute presentation followed by a tour of the campus while school is in session. For more information, please contact perrykk@nv.ccsd.net

September 23, 2019 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Crusader Preview Night/Open House, 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Faith Lutheran.  You must register for the event with Faith Lutheran. 

September 25, 2019-  Dawson High School Panel- Please join us in the from 8:00 - 10:00 am for a high school panel presentation.  Presenters will include local private schools, magnet schools, and boarding schools.  The school joining us are Adelson, Southwest Career and Technical Academy, Bishop Gorman, Stevenson School, and The Hotchkiss School

October 1, 2019 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Applications Open - After applying, make sure you submit all documentation and schedule your placement test.  Note: Applications are free in the month of October. 

October 2, 2019- Magnet/CTA Night at Dawson Please join us in the Dining Hall from 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm to learn all about the CCSD Magnet and CTA schools.  The schools joining us are Rancho High SchoolNorthwest Career and Technical AcademyEd W. Clark High SchoolDel Sol Academy of the Performing ArtsAdvanced Technologies Academy, Las Vegas Academy of the Arts, West Career and Technical Academy, and Southwest Career and Technical Academy

October 7th, 2019- We welcome Berkshire School and Blair Academy during 7/8th-grade lunch from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.  All interested 7/8th students and parents are welcome to join these boarding school representatives to learn more about what boarding school is and if it is the right fit for High School! 

October 19, 2019- SSAT Test Date - at The Alexander Dawson School.  Please register on the SSAT website.  We meet in the MS lobby at 8:30 a.m.  This test is generally taken by students applying for boarding school. 

October 13, 2019-  The Meadows School -  Middle and Upper School preview from 12:00- 2:00 pm.   Wanda Lamb Peccole Center of the Arts on The Meadows Camps 8601 Scholar Lane 89128.   Please register here or call Ana Arsini at 702-797-5881. 

October 19, 2019 - Magnet Choice Fair features performances, demonstrations, and representatives from all Magnet, CTA, and Select Schools as well as representation from NV learning Academy and College of Southern Nevada High School.  The event will be from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at Spring Valley High School. The address is 3750 S Buffalo Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89147. 

October 20, 2019- Bishop Gorman High School - Annual Open House from 1:00 - 3:00 pm. (No RSVP Required) Visit Gorman admissions for more information. 

October 22, 2019 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Future Freshman Day.  Contact admissions for more information. 

October 22, 2019- Magnet 101 for Parents:  Magnet 101 for Parents offers an in-depth at the Magnet Schools, Career & Technical Academies, and Select Schools application process, admission requirements, and transportation policies. Individual schools are not present at the Magnet 101 workshops. You must register to participate as seating is limited: RSVP here  This event is from 10:30-11:30 am at Henderson Multigenerational Center 250 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89012. 

October 22, 2019- Magnet 101 for Parents:  Magnet 101 for Parents offers an in-depth at the Magnet Schools, Career & Technical Academies, and Select Schools application process, admission requirements, and transportation policies. Individual schools are not present at the Magnet 101 workshops. You must register to participate as seating is limited: RSVP here  This event is from 5:30- 6:30 pm at Paseo Verde Library 280 S Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, 89012. 

October 29, 2019- Magnet 101 for Parents Online:  Magnet 101 for Parents offers an in-depth at the Magnet Schools, Career & Technical Academies, and Select Schools application process, admission requirements, and transportation policies.  Time: 11:00 am - Noon  You must register to participate: RSVP here

October 31, 2019- Norwest Career and Technical Academy - A tour is available from 9:15 am-Noon.  To RSVP you must call John Pilot (Magnet Recruiter) at 702-799-4640 ext. 4305. 

November 1, 2019 - Bishop Gorman High School -  Open enrollment for tuition assistance begins.  For details visit www.bishopgorman.org

November 2, 2019  -Bishop Gorman High School - Priority Placement Exam - Reserved for Partner Schools including Dawson.  Register at www.bishopgorman.org The $50 application fee covers the cost of the exam.  If you have further questions, please contact the admissions department at 702-476-4060 or admissions@bishopgorman.org

November 5, 2019- We welcome Culver Academies during 7/8th-grade lunch from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.  All interested 7/8th students and parents are welcome to join these boarding school representatives in room 307 to learn more about what boarding school is and if it is the right fit for High School! 

November 7, 2019- Norwest Career and Technical Academy - A tour is available from 9:15 am-Noon.  To RSVP you must call John Pilot (Magnet Recruiter) at 702-799-4640 ext. 4305. 

November 7, 2019- Magnet 101 for Parents:  Magnet 101 for Parents offers an in-depth at the Magnet Schools, Career & Technical Academies, and Select Schools application process, admission requirements, and transportation policies. Individual schools are not present at the Magnet 101 workshops. You must register to participate as seating is limited: RSVP here  This event is from 9:00 -10:00 am at Doolittle Community Center 1950 North J Street, Las Vegas, 89106.

November 7, 2019- Magnet 101 for Parents:  Magnet 101 for Parents offers an in-depth at the Magnet Schools, Career & Technical Academies, and Select Schools application process, admission requirements, and transportation policies. Individual schools are not present at the Magnet 101 workshops. You must register to participate as seating is limited: RSVP here  This event is from 5:30- 6:30 pm at Doolittle Community Center 1950 North J Street, Las Vegas, 89106.

November 12, 2019- We welcome Holderness School during 7/8th-grade lunch from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.  All interested 7/8th students and parents are welcome to join these boarding school representatives in room 307 to learn more about what boarding school is and if it is the right fit for High School! 

November 16, 2019 - SSAT Test Date - at The Alexander Dawson School.  Please register on the SSAT website.  We meet in the MS lobby at 8:15 a.m.  This test is generally taken by students applying for boarding school.

November 19, 2019- Magnet 101 for Parents Online:  Magnet 101 for Parents offers an in-depth at the Magnet Schools, Career & Technical Academies, and Select Schools application process, admission requirements, and transportation policies.  Time: 11:00 am - Noon  You must register to participate: RSVP here

November 19, 2019- Clark High School Open House at 5:00 pm. For all interested families, you can contact Clark's Magnet Recruiting Officer Lonie Lim at 702-799-5800 ext. 4303 or check their website. 

November 20, 2019- Norwest Career and Technical Academy - A tour is available from 9:15 am-Noon.  To RSVP you must call John Pilot (Magnet Recruiter) at 702-799-4640 ext. 4305. 

November 21, 2019- SPANISH ONLY Magnet 101 for Parents:  Magnet 101 for Parents offers an in-depth at the Magnet Schools, Career & Technical Academies, and Select Schools application process, admission requirements, and transportation policies. Individual schools are not present at the Magnet 101 workshops. You must register to participate as seating is limited: RSVP here  This event is from 10:30 - 11:30 am at East Las Vegas Community Center 250 N Eastern Avenue, Las Vegas 891010. 

November 21, 2019 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - High School Academic Exploration Night.  Open to all prospective 9th-11th students and families.  Learn about the unique programs Faith Lutheran High School offers.  What are the Academies? STEM? Fine Arts Conservatory? When do kids apply? How does my student get into the Honors Institute? How does Faith Lutheran prepare for college? Students and parents will hear from program directors and explore exciting spaces like the Courtroom, Greenhouse, and F&B Studio.  Questions? Email admissions@flhsemail.org or call 702-804-4413.Contact admissions for more information. 

November 21, 2019 - Southwest Career and Technical Academy - Open House from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm.  For more information visit https://swcta.net/

November 22, 2019- Norwest Career and Technical Academy - A tour is available from 9:15 am-Noon.  To RSVP you must call John Pilot (Magnet Recruiter) at 702-799-4640 ext. 4305. 

November 22, 2019- We welcome Groton School and The Web Schools during 7/8th-grade lunch from 12:30 - 1:30 pm.  All interested 7/8th students and parents are welcome to join these boarding school representatives in room 307 to learn more about what boarding school is and if it is the right fit for High School! 

December 7, 2019 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Entrance Exam at Faith Lutheran (to be a part of first-round decisions). You may request this date from Faith only after you have submitted your application, per Faith admissions.

December 10, 2019-  A-Tech- Advanced Technologies Academy Open House- The Open House is for prospective students and parents.  The experience will include a welcome, overview of the magnet application, qualification, and lottery process. All program area teachers will be in attendance along with school counselors, the magnet coordinator, and student ambassadors.  Please visit www.atech.org for more information. 

December 10, 2019- Magnet 101 for Parents:  Magnet 101 for Parents offers an in-depth at the Magnet Schools, Career & Technical Academies, and Select Schools application process, admission requirements, and transportation policies. Individual schools are not present at the Magnet 101 workshops. You must register to participate as seating is limited: RSVP here  This event is from 5:30- 6:30 pm at Pearson Community Center 1625 W. Carey N. Las Vegas, 89032. 

December 13, 2019- Magnet 101 for Parents:  Magnet 101 for Parents offers an in-depth at the Magnet Schools, Career & Technical Academies, and Select Schools application process, admission requirements, and transportation policies. Individual schools are not present at the Magnet 101 workshops. You must register to participate as seating is limited: RSVP here  This event is from 10:30- 11:30 am at Sahara West Library 9600 West Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, 89117. 

December 14, 2019 - SSAT Test Date - at The Alexander Dawson School.  Please register on the SSAT website.  We meet in the MS lobby at 8:15 a.m.  This test is generally taken by students applying for boarding school.

December 14, 2019 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Entrance Exam at Faith Lutheran (to be a part of first-round decisions). You may request this date from Faith only after you have submitted your application, per Faith admissions.

December 14, 2019  -Bishop Gorman High School - Incoming Freshman Placement Exam. Register for this test date when submitting your application.  The $50 application fee covers the cost of the exam.  If you have further questions, please contact the admissions department at 702-476-4060 or admissions@bishopgorman.org

January 4, 2020 - SSAT Test Date - at The Alexander Dawson School.  Please register on the SSAT website.  We meet in the MS lobby at 8:15 a.m.  This test is generally taken by students applying for boarding school.

January 7, 2020 at 11:59 pm- Magnet, Career and Tech Academies    Besides the online application, Dawson families MUST have all their physical paperwork into the Magnet or CTA school office or upload the PDF to their online profile qualify.  For more information about Magnet and CTAs please check their website.

January 2020- Magnet, Career and Tech Academies Late Online Applications open. Please note, schools only look at the late applications if they were unable to fill all of their seats in the first round.  We highly recommend not missing the first deadline. For more information about Magnet and CTAs please check their website.

January 11, 2020  -Bishop Gorman High School - Incoming Freshman Make-Up Placement Exam. Register for this test date when submitting your application.  The $50 application fee covers the cost of the exam.  If you have further questions, please contact the admissions department at 702-476-4060 or admissions@bishopgorman.org

January 11, 2020-  Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Auditions Day 1.  Auditions must be prescheduled and you MUST have submitted a magnet application by the Magnet School deadline to audition. If you have any questions, call 702-799-7800 x4202.

January 11, 2020 - Bishop Gorman High School -  Deadline for the first pool of admission applicants. 

January 25, 2019 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Entrance Exam at Faith Lutheran (to be a part of second-round decisions). You may request this date from Faith only after you have submitted your application, per Faith admissions.

January 25, 2020-  Las Vegas Academy of the Arts Auditions Day 2.  Auditions must be prescheduled and you MUST have submitted a magnet application by the Magnet School deadline to audition. If you have any questions, call 702-799-7800 x4202.

January TBD 2020 - Del Sol Auditions.   Please click here for a detailed audition information brochure.   Note:  You must have completed a CCSD magnet application to audition. Otherwise, you must schedule a late audition. 

February 2020 - Bishop Gorman High School -  Deadline for the first group for tuition assistance. 

February 8, 2020 - SSAT Test Date - at The Alexander Dawson School.  Please register on the SSAT website.  We meet in the MS lobby at 8:15 a.m.  This test is generally taken by students applying for boarding school.

February 2020 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS -  Faith notifies families regarding early acceptance first-round decisions.

February 22, 2020 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Entrance Exam at Faith Lutheran (to be a part of second-round decisions). You may request this date from Faith only after you have submitted your application, per Faith admissions.

February 21, 2020 - Bishop Gorman High School -  Decision letters are mailed. 

February 2020- Magnet, Career and Tech Academies - CCSD conducts their blind computer-generated lottery. 

February 2020- Magnet, Career and Tech Academies - Acceptance Results of CCSD blind computer-generated lottery are posted online and mailed home the week of TBD

March 7, 2020 - SSAT Test Date - at The Alexander Dawson School.  Please register on the SSAT website.  We meet in the MS lobby at 8:15 a.m.  This test is generally taken by students applying for boarding school.

March 2020- Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Faith notifies families regarding early acceptance second-round decisions.

March 2020 - Bishop Gorman High School -  Tuition Assistance Award letters are mailed. 

March TBD, 2020- Magnet, Career and Tech Academies - You must submit your acceptance of your spot by 3:00 pm. 

March 9, 2020 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Open House.  Please contact admissions for more information. 

March 28, 2020 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Entrance Exam at Faith Lutheran (to be a part of third round decisions)

March TBD, 2020 The Meadows School -  Upper School Registration Fair. Click here for more information. 

March 2020 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Acceptances will be announced. 

April 2020 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - Faith notifies families regarding third round acceptance decisions.

April 22, 2020 - Faith Lutheran Jr/Sr HS - New Family Welcome Night.  This night is for families who have officially enrolled for the 20-21 school year. Please contact admissions for more information. 

April 25, 2020 - SSAT Test Date - at The Alexander Dawson School.  Please register on the SSAT website.  We meet in the MS lobby at 8:15 a.m.  This test is generally taken by students applying for boarding school.

May 2020 - Las Vegas Academy of the Arts - Late auditions for open majors.

June 13, 2020 - SSAT Test Date - at The Alexander Dawson School.  Please register on the SSAT website.  We meet in the MS lobby at 8:15 a.m.  This test is generally taken by students applying for boarding school.


 

Contact Information

If you would like to learn more about the high school placement process, or if you are a high school admissions officer that would like to visit Dawson and meet our students, please contact Matsuko Freeman.

For information related to our academic program, transcript requests or attendance, please contact 5-8 Support Specialist Kristen Kissel or K-8 Director Chris Estrella

Stella Finfrock

Ms. Finfrock joined Dawson in 2003 and is currently the Enrollment Manager and part of the Advancement team. Ms. Finfrock was the middle school counselor and the high school placement advisor prior to her new position. Ms. Finfrock has helped place ten years of Dawson alumni at local public and private schools as well as boarding schools across the U.S. She has visited numerous schools across the country both on the East and West Coasts. Ms. Finfrock coordinates our high school fair each November, the largest such fair on the West Coast.

Asti Ptak

Ms. Ptak joined Dawson in 2016 as the new School Counselor for students in grades 5-8. Prior to joining the Dawson community, she worked for seven years at a non-profit that helped underserved youth prepare for a bright future, including college preparation. As an Adjunct Professor at Great Basin College, and previously at UNLV for ten years, she also has a firm understanding of the skills and preparation our students need to be successful at the collegiate level. She spent her first few months at Dawson touring local private schools, learning the intricacies of Magnet Schools and CTAs, and traveling throughout California to meet with ten West Coast boarding schools. She is passionate about finding the best high school fit for all of our Dawson students. Ms. Ptak will also be an option when your student chooses which administrative member they want to write their letter of recommendation. 

Chris Estrella

Chris was born in Tucson, Arizona and raised in Las Vegas. He has been with The Alexander Dawson School since 2011. Chris earned a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Lewis and Clark College and M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV. His career in education began with Teach For America as a corps member in the Las Vegas Valley. He started at Dawson as a Middle School science teacher and is now the Director of K-8. In his free time, Chris enjoys exercise, food, hiking, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Andrew Bishop

Andrew‘s first introduction to independent schools was when he began his high school experience at The Groton School. These transformative four years shaped Andrew‘s life and led him to pursue a career in education.  Before coming to the Alexander Dawson School, Andrew spent nine years at Berwick Academy serving as their Director of Admission and Financial Aid. During his time at Berwick, Andrew was part of the English department, coached lacrosse and hockey, was a member of the school’s diversity initiatives, and taught eighth-grade Ethics. Most recently, Andrew was the Assistant Head of School for Enrollment at Gould Academy; in this role, Andrew spearheaded initiatives related to student recruitment and retention as well as the school’s marketing and branding.  Andrew completed a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership at Columbia University. At Columbia, Andrew worked with Harlem Academy’s Admission Office developing new methods of applicant assessment based on research conducted at UPenn, Stanford, and Columbia’s schools of education. In collaboration with others, Andrew crafted a new admissions policy for Harlem Academy that placed a greater value on noncognitive skills such as character, family partnership, and resilience.  Andrew lives in Las Vegas with his wife Kyle and three young children.

Matsuko Freeman

Matsuko Freeman was born in Ken, Japan, and as a young child immigrated to the United States. Upon living in the United States for 7 years, she became a naturalized American citizen.  She lived in Southern California for most of her life,  before moving to Las Vegas, where she has been a resident for the past 12+ years. Matsuko holds a BA in Education and an MA in Public Administration. Matsuko’s career originated in the private sector. She previously held the position of Vice President of Operations for Alo Concepts, Inc. and also held positions as VP Mfg. & VP Operations for Jason Natural Products. After 20 years in the private sector, Matsuko sought a more rewarding career in education. She currently holds 18 years of teaching experience, including 10 years at Dawson. Previously she taught seventh-grade science prior to joining the Health & Fitness team. Her role at Dawson now includes faculty member and Advisor. Aside from her passion for teaching and love of her students, Matsuko enjoys traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, to visit her daughter who is the Corporate Counsel for a major automaker, and spending lots of time with her grandson Mason, a Dawson alumnus.

The Alexander Dawson School

Welcome to The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain! Located in Summerlin, a suburb of Las Vegas, Nevada, The Alexander Dawson School is a non-sectarian, non-profit school offering students in preschool through eighth grade an inspired and meaningful education. Students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.