Dwight School

291 Central Park W, New York, NY 10024

The school was founded as The Sachs Collegiate Institute, an elite preparatory school for boys. Eventually, it merged with the Anglo-American School (originally called The New York School of Languages), a classical and English prep school that opened in 1880. The latter, which sent many graduates to Yale, renamed itself in 1888 for Yale president Timothy Dwight, who had become active in school affairs. In 1972, Dwight became the first independent day school in the US to establish a permanent international campus upon the London, England, founding of the Woodside Park School (now known as Dwight School London). Dwight's global network has since grown to include campuses and programs in Vancouver Island, Canada; Seoul, South Korea; and Beijing, China. The school comprises an early childhood division and four houses: Timothy House (grades K-4, separately located on Riverside Boulevard), Bentley House (grades 5-8), Franklin House (grades 9 and 10) and Anglo House (grades 11 and 12). Dwight was the first American school to offer the comprehensive International Baccalaureate curriculum. The IB Primary Years Program addresses the child's social, physical, emotional and cultural needs, in addition to his or her academic welfare. The IB Middle Years Program employs an inquiry-based curriculum that emphasizes problem solving and independent thinking. The curriculum concludes with the IB Diploma Program, a rigorous pre-university course of studies that leads to examinations suitable for motivated high schoolers. Graduates attend competitive colleges throughout the world. Dwight's extensive foreign language curriculum commences with Spanish and Chinese classes in preschool. Additional options for older students are French, Latin, German, Hebrew, Italian and Japanese. Extracurricular activities include various athletic offerings, visual and performing arts programs, interest clubs, student government and neighborhood outreach programs. During the school year, students participate in age-appropriate community service programs. The school arranges learning opportunities and trips each year to such countries as England, Turkey, Kenya, India, Morocco, China and the Dominican Republic. Dwight's Quest programs provide boys and girls with enrichment, skill development and ESL instruction, as well as an in-school network designed to support particularly talented pupils.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory, IB Diploma, IB PYP, IB MYP
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 2)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address291 Central Park W, New York, NY 10024
Other Locations144 Riverside Blvd, New York 10069
Year Established1872
Legal StatusInc
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorStephen H. Spahn
Applications DueDecember
Total Enrollment765
Day Students765
International Baccalaureate ProgramsDiploma, Middle Years Program, Primary Years Program
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