The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain

Located in Summerlin, a suburb of Las Vegas, Nevada, The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain is a non-sectarian, non-profit independent 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. Situated on 33 beautiful acres, the campus features a 24/7 security gate guard, offering a secure learning environment for students.
Our preschool through eighth-grade programs are designed to purposefully provide our students with a cohesive, age-appropriate educational experience. A Dawson education meets students where they are and transforms them into engaged citizens, lifelong learners, leaders, and innovators.
Students are taught, mentored and coached by highly qualified, dedicated faculty and staff with accomplishments in their respective areas of expertise.
They are committed to innovative teaching methods to ensure the student body is academically competitive with the best independent schools across the country.
With a low student-to-faculty ratio, students receive hands-on, individual support in the classroom.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NV School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 468 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain places among the top 20% of private schools in Nevada for:

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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
468 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
37%
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade
The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
94 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
66%
Average Class Size
18 students

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Early Childhood $18, 350 K-4: $26,330 5-8: $27,180 1/2 day Early Childhood is available.Included in tuition: lunch, snacks, books, basic classroom supplies (incl instruments for orchestra, cameras, etc), technology, day field trips
Admissions Director
Andrew Bishop
Admissions Associate
Stella Finfrock

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
E-Sports Club (Middle School), National Junior Honor Society, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Bears After-School Experience Enrichment Classes

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Bears After-School Experience Enrichment Classes

School Notes

  • Overall 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • World language offerings include: Spanish and Mandarin in Kindergarten through grade four, and Spanish, French, and Mandarin in grades five through eight
  • Integration of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math)
  • Innovative, state-of-the-art technology with 1:1 laptop ratio grades 1-8
  • Balanced Literacy Program in the Lower School and a focus on phonemic awareness, reading, spelling and writing in preschool through kindergarten
  • Authors-in-Residence Program brings published authors into the classrooms for extended instruction
  • Over 20,000 volumes in the Dawson Library and a Leveled Book Room in the Lower School
  • Variety of performing and visual arts electives, including photography, ceramics, painting, musical theater, acting, technical theater, orchestra, music technology and choir
  • Test scores competitive nationally with independent schoolsRegional, state and national awards and rankings garnered by students in math, science and engineering, and fine arts
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (12 reviews)
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We are grateful to be a part of the Alexander Dawson community, especially over this past year when Dawson took a lead in ensuring students education continued while fostering as much of a sense of normalcy as possible. Our son is currently a 4th grader at Dawson and has been at the school since Pre-K. With each passing year, we've seen tremendous growth socially, emotionally, and academically. He loves school and the friendships he's gained in the classroom.Dawson, with its inviting campus and creative environment, encourages celebration of the individual student while being committed to a strong core education. Above all else, it's the care and commitment of the teachers and administration that sets Dawson apart. Truly, Dawson is about students and families working together for the best outcomes for our kids. We are thankful and proud that Dawson is an important part of our family.
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Dawson is quite honestly the most amazing, wonderful and school for our two children who are ALWAYS happy to be arriving for school. From our first visit, we knew it was the school for us and our children, who are very different from each other; both of them have absolutely thrived.We looked at every single private school in Las Vegas and short-listed three, the other two didn't come close, it was one of the easiest decisions we had to make. We love this school so much that I am in the process of retiring 4 yrs early from the military and emigrating permanently from the UK. This is SOLELY for the purpose of ensuring we can keep our children in Dawson (I am on a 3 yr exchange with the US Air Force). We believe and trust in the school that much! Here is what we love:-Children are treated as people & respected as individuals with their differences catered for, both strengths and weaknesses.-Allow children to fail forward by using critical-thinking to problem-solve for themselves.-Communication with staff is second to none with total transparency and completely open.-Staff are of the highest calibre and regularly mix up their lessons to help children learn in the most efficient and fun ways.-Staff will always ensure the entire educational experience is child-focused and what is best for the children, not for the staff.-Small class sizes allow all children to have dedicated teacher time to cement their knowledge of subjects.-Children are not expected to sit still at a desk all-day with additional options for children who struggle with sitting still (our son is one of those children). Our son was provided with a standing desk, a wobble chair, a sitting desk with a huge rubber band to bounce his feet on and a floor desk to help him manage his energy. In addition, he was also given a fidget toy for other classes such as music, art when he is struggling to listen to subjects he doesn't have as much of an interest in. The change in him as result has been magical.-Recess is recognized as an absolutely essential part of the school day with 2 recesses and an hour for lunch/additional recess.-The education standard is exceptional and really nurtures children in a way that they love learning, yet at the same time, are hitting every age-specific target with ease.-Children are regularly exposed to a plethora of different cultures, beliefs and concepts that challenge their own understanding of the world from a socio-economic, cultural, racial and identity point of view.-The school has a rich and diverse faculty from numerous countries, backgrounds, race, religion and cultures.-During COVID the school fully embraced an online learning curriculum with only 7 days notice after the State shut all schools. They have remained so proactive and forward-leaning, such that there has been no break in our children's education.-One unexpected bonus is the Parents' University program. This is adult education that helps parents to become active partners in their children's education, with subjects ranging from preparing children for the future job market to parenting teens to gender-specific challenges. Often these sessions (which are free), are with some exceptional external speakers who are experts in their field.The only downside with Dawson is that we have to pay :) I only wish every child could have this level of education, if they did the USA would be a VERY different country.
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My daughter has been at Dawson since age 3 / preschool and is now in kindergarten. We are extremely pleased with the school and our daughter has thrived. The school's approach to academics is modern and focuses on learning not just rote memorization but engages children to figure things out and inquire about how things work. And while the school encourages every child to do their best, it does not do so in an overly competitive atmosphere that can be judgmental or stressful. And the school's electives are impressive. They offer a vast array of technology, various art programs, and foreign language, including Mandarin, which I don't think can be found at any other Las Vegas school. Additionally, the school places a high value of developing the entire child, not just academics, but fostering confidence, leadership, conflict resolution and empathy - all necessary for any individual, young or old, to succeed. I couldn't recommend the school more to any family looking to provide a comprehensive academic and character building environment for their child.
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As soon as we visited the Dawson Campus, we knew it was the right school for both of our children (they are complete opposites). The campus is beautiful, yes, but every single person who works there - teachers, administration, security - they all make it feel like home. The standard of education is fantastic and subjects are super varied - each child is treated like the individual they are. The learning here isn't just academic - it's social-emotional too. The after-school enrichment program has something for everyone. Teachers at Dawson do a wonderful job tailoring the learning to suit each child's needs, encouraging them to do what they love, and they communicate really well with parents. There is a definite emphasis on thinking "outside of the box" and they are incredibly creative whilst helping the kids learn. The atmosphere at the school is superb, the staff and children are all so relaxed and happy, it is a truly fun, safe place to learn and approaching our third year, I cannot imagine our children being anywhere else. There are also fantastic education pieces for parents, with some great guest speakers. I even attended a free parenting course last year. At Dawson, it feels like teaching and helping children to grow is truly a vocation, not "just a job". It's like every teacher and member of staff is exactly where they should be, everyone seems to fit and work together in the most fantastic way. We feel extremely supported as a family there and hope our children will remain Dawson students until they both graduate 8th Grade. They are so happy every day. There is a real sense of community at this school. #DawsonDifference
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When we made the decision to move cross-country to Las Vegas, we took the time to visit many of the private schools in the Summerlin/Las Vegas area. As parents, we put a lot of emphasis on a high quality well rounded education that will benefit our kids now and in years to come, so it was important to us to really do our homework on this. It became very clear that Dawson was the right choice, providing the best of everything. The transition for our kids to this new environment was seamless, inviting, and they could not be happier. The school does an excellent job combining advanced academics, competitive athletics, and the numerous arts programs. The faculty help mold the kids in to the best possible learners, with the ability to differentiate instruction and really foster each kids strengths. Dawson is providing the opportunity for our kids to become even more empathetic people while pushing them to learn and try new things. It is an environment that we believe will best prepare our kids for high school and beyond, pushing them academically, socially and personally. We highly recommend Dawson, as it was one of the best decisions we've made!
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Our daughter joined Dawson as a 1st grader and now is in her 3rd grade. She previously attended a private school overseas. She comes home happy every day after school, everyone is so friendly (parents, teachers, students). She has made so many friends and she loves her teachers. The Dawson academic curriculum is comprehensive and challenging - our daughter is always motivated to learn and grow her skills. We have noticed a huge difference in her verbal and written communication skills in particular. We also love how Dawson teaches the children about cultural diversity through the country studies curriculum. Dawson's communication with parents is also excellent. We are so happy we chose Dawson -We are thrilled to watch our daughter blossom! Dawson has exceeded our expectations in so many ways.
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My daughter is in her 4th year at Alexander Dawson, and my husband and I are so grateful for the opportunities she's had in both Early Childhood and Lower School. Not only is my daughter a full grade-level above where she should be in core subjects like Literacy, Writing, and Math, she is also several grade levels above her non-Dawson peers when it comes to her social-emotional intelligence, her character, her problem-solving and STEAM skills, and her awareness of the core issues of our time. When my daughter started at Dawson, she was a shy introvert. While she's still an introvert, now she loves speaking up in her classes, flourishes as a public speaker and performer, and easily makes friends. Alexander Dawson deeply cares about its students and their families, goes above and beyond providing support (academically and socially emotionally), and we've made amazing, lifelong friends with families who share or educational and social values. I highly recommend the school.
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My son went to another private school for PreK, when it was time to go to Kindergarten, I visited and researched every private and charter school in the Las Vegas area. After our visit to Dawson, I knew it was THE best school and right for my son. The campus which is just the icing on the cake is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen for an EC-8th grade school. My son must have "overheard" some conversations with my husband over the summer because when I picked him up the 2nd day of school, he said, "mama I LOVE school, you picked good." That made my heart full and happy. We absolutely love everything about Dawson. My son is now in 1st grade and he loves going to school every single day. Dawson has researched every single aspect of everything you can and cannot imagine for the school. My son is thriving academically, socially, and emotionally. Both sides of our family are in awe of the education that our son is receiving at Dawson and what a great young boy he is! Even with everything that is going on in the World, my son continues to excel at Dawson, they have thought of everything to take care of their students' safety, health, wellbeing and the students continue to thrive academically, socially and emotionally. Dawson cares about their students, parents, teachers and faculty. In addition, Dawson offers so many opportunities for parents to learn and grow through events like Parent University, Parent Association, monthly Morning Coffee Chats, and community building events for the Dawson families. I highly recommend Dawson! One of the best decisions I have made in my life for my son who is my World!
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When we moved to Las Vegas 3 1/2 years ago, we looked at several of the private schools in the area. After our visit to Dawson, we knew it was the right school for our daughter and our family. We absolutely loved the feeling of Dawson - from the kids in the hallways to the teachers to the administrators. It felt right - it felt like home. Our daughter is in her fourth year at Dawson, and it has been even more than we'd hoped for. Through a focus on social, emotional, and academic learning, Dawson nurtures each student's strengths and builds on individual learning styles. Dawson offers multiple opportunities for parents to learn and grow as well, through events like Parent University and monthly Morning Coffee Chats. Dawson students and their families look forward to the fun community building events held throughout the year. We are happy we chose Dawson and we are proud members of the Dawson Community.
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We're new to Dawson, but so far I'm extremely impressed. At our last school my girls spent most of their time cramming for tests, with an outdated curriculum. Math is our toughest subject and Dawson gave us their grade level math books, so we could make sure they were on track before starting a different program. Additionally there were 4 weeks of summer school, not mandatory and no charge. We're only a month into the school year, already adjusted and extremely grateful to be at Alexander Dawson.
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What an AMAZING experience! Comprehensive academic, athletic, artistic, musical, theatrical, state-of-the-art technology, education, instruction, facilities, safety, security, support staff and services. Dawson has it ALL! Dawson's climate of care and intentional, positive influences continue to inspire our son, as well as our family, to become more engaged, self motivated, productive, positive agents of education and society. Schedule a tour and you'll witness first hand the Dawson Difference.
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NV School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-8
  • Students: 468 students
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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