An Investment in Your Child's Future

Our pledge for the 2020-2021 school year: no financial barrier to a Dawson education for any current or new Dawson family.

Dawson has never taken a one-size-fits-all approach to education. The School, in partnership with the Alexander Dawson Foundation executive leadership, makes the same pledge in our approach to each family’s financial needs during this challenging time. We are deeply grateful to announce the Foundation is committed to supporting new and currently-enrolled families by fully funding a robust as-needed financial aid program for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Once again, our goal for the 2020-2021 school year is to ensure there is no financial barrier to a Dawson education for any current or new Dawson family.

By following our thorough financial aid process, which will be modified with specific questions and documentation related to the current economic climate, we will provide the individualization necessary to review each Dawson family’s needs and provide the financial support necessary to retain them. This remarkable act of generosity on behalf of the Foundation should give every parent the peace of mind that their child’s education at Dawson will not be disrupted in the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. 

Please click here to read a letter from Carola E. Wittmann, Head of School, to learn more about this incredible act of generosity by the Alexander Dawson Foundation.

For more information about the COVID-19 modified financial aid process, please click on the dropdown link below under Guidelines & FAQ.

To get started on your financial aid application, click here for the Dawson FACTS websiteFinancial aid applications, including all required supporting documents, must be completed and submitted by July 6, 2020.

2020-2021 Tuition & Fees

Early Childhood, Half Day
$13,380
Early Childhood, Full Day
$17,730
Kindergarten
$25,440
First
$25,440
Second
$25,440
Third
$25,440
Fourth
$25,440
Fifth
$26,260
Sixth
$26,260
Seventh
$26,260
Eighth
$26,260
 
*Tuition includes lunch, activities, books, and basic classroom supplies (lunch is not included for half-day Early Childhood students).

Guidelines & FAQs

List of 3 items.

  • COVID-19 Modified Financial Aid Process

    If your family has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, please follow the steps below:

    1. Please complete FACTS applications in full, including the submission of supporting documents such as prior-year tax returns.

    2. If you answer "yes" to the FACTS application question, "Has your family income been impacted by COVID-19," you will be asked for the following narrative descriptions:

      --Your current financial situation and how it has changed from your pre-COVID-19 financial situation.

      --An estimate of how long you believe it will take for your current financial situation to improve once the Las Vegas shelter-in-place directive is lifted.

      --Any other information that would be helpful for Dawson to know regarding the impact COVID-19 has had on your family finances.
    In addition, you will be asked to submit supporting documentation such as: 

    1. A Letter from your employer regarding a furlough or layoff
    2. Determination letter from the state unemployment division 
    3. Profit and Loss statement from your business(es) that shows the impact of any closures, reduced revenue, etc.  
    Please note: If these items are unavailable, the Dawson Financial Aid Office will work with you to determine the best way to confirm your financial need.
  • Dawson's Financial Aid Guidelines

    Need-based financial aid
    Financial aid grants are based solely upon a family’s need as determined by the School’s Financial Aid Committee. 

    Separated, divorced or never-married parents
    Dawson believes each natural parent has a responsibility to pay for the education of their child(ren). In the event a student’s parents are separated, divorced or never married, Dawson requires that each parent complete a financial aid application. The Financial Aid Committee does not feel bound by the assertion, if it is made, that one parent disclaims responsibility for educational expenses. Please note: Parents can be assured that all financial information received from one parent will not be shared with the other. 

    Additional children
    Dawson’s Financial Aid Committee, in coordination with FACTS, does take into account other children attending tuition-charging schools, including college; Dawson expects that a family with children attending other tuition-charging schools will also apply for financial assistance at those schools. The Financial Aid Committee believes that, in general, no consideration of financial assistance should be given to students whose parents pay full tuition for siblings at other institutions.

    Parents who have no contact with their child(ren)
    In instances where one parent is the sole provider and receives no other financial support, it is expected that a third party provide written documentation to that fact.

    Lifestyle choices
    Dawson’s financial aid program does take certain lifestyle choices into account before offering tuition assistance (i.e., second homes, boats, luxury cars, country club memberships, vacations, parental higher education, etc.). The Financial Aid Committee is unable to provide financial assistance to subsidize lifestyle choices. The Financial Aid Committee may contact you for more detailed information to ensure it has complete understanding of your family’s financial situation.

    Parents who do not work
    The Financial Aid Committee respects the value of having a parent at home full-time with infants, toddlers, and the elderly or infirmed. In a case where all other children are in school, it is expected that the non-working parent become employed to be considered for financial assistance. If not, the Financial Aid Committee will impute an appropriate salary in its considerations.

    Retirement and college accounts
    Our process acknowledges a family’s need to save for retirement and/or college within reason, but excessive assets may impact the Financial Aid Committee’s decision to award assistance.

    Additional information about applying for financial aid through FACTS can be found here:
  • Tuition and Financial Aid FAQs

    How does The Alexander Dawson School determine financial aid?
    The Alexander Dawson School and its accrediting body, the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), work within defined principles of good practice. From these principles, independent schools are given latitude as to what guidelines inform and determine financial aid decisions. Dawson has established specific financial aid guidelines that keep family contributions equitable and consistent. Evaluating need: Many aspects of a family's financial situation are considered, including:
    - the incomes of both parents (taxable and non-taxable)
    - the assets held by the family as a unit
    - the number of dependents
    - the number of children attending tuition-charging schools

    Does The Alexander Dawson School give academic, artistic, or athletic scholarships?
    No. All financial aid grants are based solely upon a family’s demonstrated financial need.

    What fees, after tuition, can I expect to pay?
    Tuition does not include the cost of uniforms, before or after-school care, enrichment classes, etc. A student receiving financial aid from the School will receive an award of the same percentage amount toward the overall cost of our Middle School traveling field trips.  

    What if my 2019 tax return is not available by the deadline?
    The Alexander Dawson School will use prior-year tax returns, like many colleges and other independent schools. You are required to submit your 2019 tax return by April 30, 2020. If your 2019 tax return is not available by this deadline, The Alexander Dawson School cannot offer financial aid for the 2020/2021 school year. All awards are subject to change pending 2019 tax verification. 

    Do I need to repay financial aid?
    No. All financial aid funds distributed by The Alexander Dawson School are provided as grants and thus, are not repaid.

    What is used to determine if I will qualify for financial aid? 
    FACTS’s financial aid application provides the School with a calculation to determine how much a family can afford to pay in tuition. Many aspects of a family's financial situation are considered, including:
    - the incomes of both parents (taxable and non-taxable)
    - the assets held by the family as a unit
    - the number of dependents
    - the number of children attending tuition-charging schools

    Do I need to re-apply for financial aid every year? 
    Families must submit a new financial aid application, tax return, and all pertinent schedules and forms each year. If your income has not significantly changed, your award will remain comparable. However, it is expected that families are responsible for annual tuition increases as dictated by The Alexander Dawson School’s Board of Trustees.

The Alexander Dawson School

The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, an independent school located on 33-acres in the community of Summerlin, is Nevada’s first Stanford University Challenge Success partner school for students in early childhood through grade eight. Utilizing the unique Challenge Success framework, Dawson uses research-based strategies and programs that emphasize student wellbeing and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners. 
Students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.