We are excited to offer the Bear Summer Experience, an educational program that will spark students' creativity and enrich their passion for learning through theme-based activities. Students will benefit from a blend of classroom studies and immersive experiences that celebrate the fusion of academics and imagination!

ABOUT DAWSON'S SUMMER PROGRAM
Bear Summer Experience is designed exclusively for Dawson students enrolled in grades K-8 for the 2024-2025 school year and is focused on rising-grade readiness.

Weekly summer adventures are organized into groups by grade level:
  • Rising kindergarten
  • Rising 1st and 2nd grades
  • Rising 3rd and 4th grades
  • Rising 5th-8th grades

Summer Experience Details

  • Students can register for one or multiple weeks:
    • Week 1: July 8-12
    • Week 2: July 15-19
    • Week 3: July 22-26
  • Program hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Students may sign up for one or multiple weeks
  • Each student must be registered individually
PRICING
  • Cost is $400 per week, per student
DON'T FORGET TO PACK A LUNCH
  • Snacks are provided
  • Lunch is not provided and students must bring a packed lunch daily
IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Deadline for registration is April 19, 2024.
  • Registration is complete when the Registration form is submitted and the registration fee is paid. The Student Information Form is required for every student before attending the Summer Experience.
  • The School requires a minimum number of participating students in each division for the summer experience to run.
  • Bear Summer Experience is not open to the general public.
  • There is NO before-care or after-care.

Weekly Schedules

Lower School: Grades K-4

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  • July 8-12: Exploration Unknown: Space Edition

    Attention aspiring astronauts and stargazers … get ready to blast off into the wonders of the universe! This journey through space integrates reading, writing, and math through innovative, hands-on lessons and out-of-this-world experiences.

    In addition to health and fitness, art, and design lab specials, examples of activities may include:
    • Virtual reality spacewalks
    • Rocket building and launching
    • Creating a solar system in a jar
  • July 15-19: Animal Planet: Into the Wild

    Young nature enthusiasts will explore the wonders of the animal kingdom! This experience integrates reading, writing, and math by engaging students in lessons that nurture a love for wildlife and promote curious learning.

    In addition to health and fitness, art, and design lab specials, examples of activities may include:
    • Safari scavenger hunt
    • Creating a miniature animal habitat
    • “Animal Planet”-type science experiments
    • Virtual field trips to zoos and animal sanctuaries
  • July 22-26: Jurassic Adventure: A Blast to the Past

    Young adventurers will embark upon a prehistoric journey to uncover the mysteries of the Mesozoic Era! Exciting and educational activities integrating reading, writing, and math will transport kids back to when dinosaurs roamed the Earth.

    In addition to health and fitness, art, and design lab specials, examples of activities may include:
    • Dino dig excavation site
    • Dinosaur egg hunt
    • Design your own dinosaur

Middle School: Grades 5-8

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  • July 8-12: Bears Abroad in South America

    Students will learn about the rich tapestry of South America through a curriculum designed to ignite curiosity across disciplines.

    Examples of activities may include: 
    • Math: distance, locations, mapping, tourist statistics, and recipes (fractions)
    • Science: climate, environmental issues, ecology, and global economies 
    • Critical literacies: promoting tourism and creating brochures and commercials
    • Performing and visual arts: puppetry, theatrical performances, music, dance, and art inspired by South America 
  • July 15-19: Bears Abroad in Europe

    Students will engage in interactive projects through a global lens that fosters an appreciation for the many cultures across Europe.

    Examples of activities may include: 
    • Math: distance, locations, mapping, tourist statistics, and recipes (fractions)
    • Science: climate, environmental issues, ecology, and global economies 
    • Critical literacies: promoting tourism and creating brochures and commercials
    • Performing and visual arts: Shakespearean theater, improv acting, art, and music from the greatest European influences 
  • July 22-26: Bears Abroad in Antartica

    Students will enjoy a captivating educational journey discovering the vast wonders of Antarctica.

    Examples of activities may include: 
    • Math: distance, locations, mapping, tourist statistics, and recipes (fractions)
    • Science: climate, environmental issues, ecology, and global economies 
    • Critical literacies: promoting tourism and creating brochures and commercials
    • Performing and visual arts: snow-themed musicals, plays, songs, and art to escape the heat and celebrate winter in July! 

Contact

If you have any questions, please email Summer Experience Leaders:

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 academics, wellbeing, and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners and leaders. At Dawson, students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.