|Year of Foundation||1872|
|Enrollment Phase / Grades||Preschool, Kindergarten, Grades 1-12|
|Number of students||853|
|Teacher Student Ratio||1 : 6|
|Accreditations||International Baccalaureate World School, IB World School Continuum, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, European Council of International Schools, World Academy of Sport|
|Headmaster||Chancellor Stephen Spahn|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Min)||15,900 USD|
|Yearly Tuition Fee (Max)||53,500 USD|
Founded in 1872, Dwight is an internationally renowned independent school (nursery-grade 12) committed to educating the next generation of innovative global leaders ― one student at a time. We’re dedicated to crafting a personalized journey for every student based on individual interests and passions. We call this igniting the “spark of genius” in every child.
This unique educational philosophy has set Dwight apart. Personalized learning, together with community and global vision, are the three pillars upon which a Dwight world-class education rests.
One of New York City’s oldest independent schools, Dwight is proud of its rich traditions, illustrious alumni, and numerous advances in education. Yet it is our present and future that is most exciting because innovation is part of our DNA. Dwight is a frontier IB World School, was the first in the Americas to offer all four International Baccalaureate programs for children from ages 2-18, and is a pioneer in launching a student incubator empowering young entrepreneurs to bring their own ideas to market through our Spark Tank program.
Dwight’s inspiring faculty ― master teachers from all corners of the globe ― encourage students to believe in their own talents, follow their hearts, and take intellectual risks through the International Baccalaureate. No two student journeys are the same. Offering one of the lowest student-faculty ratios among independent schools in New York City, Dwight provides one-on-one attention and ample opportunities for students to excel within and beyond the classroom. These include extensive language, design, and technology instruction; rich visual and performing arts programs; championship-winning athletic teams; countless extracurriculars; and global leadership training.
Dwight has been an accredited IB World School since 1980, and no other curriculum fits better with Dwight’s vision of educating critical thinkers and innovative global leaders poised to succeed in today’s rapidly changing global marketplace. The academic breadth and depth of the IB are unparalleled, which is why it is recognized worldwide as the “gold standard” preparation for college and university.
Dwight’s college counseling team provides expertise and guidance for students beginning early in grade 9. Our graduates attend top institutions of higher learning, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, McGill, Oxford, and the University of Edinburgh, among others. Upon graduation, they join a vibrant Dwight alumni network that stretches across continents.
With a global network of Dwight Schools in New York, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Dubai, and in the cloud with Dwight Global Online School ― ranked the #2 best online high school in the U.S. by Newsweek ― students have numerous opportunities to travel, and participate in cross-campus cultural and curricular exchange programs beginning in grade 5. These shared, enriching experiences prepare them for a future on the global stage, and the connections they forge with their peers will last a lifetime. The world is literally at their feet ― and we couldn’t be more delighted to offer our students an international passport to learning.
Dwight is a family school. Chancellor Stephen Spahn is distinguished as a pioneer in global education and the longest-serving head of an independent school in the U.S. His son, Blake Spahn, is Vice Chancellor and together with Head of School Dianne Drew, they spearhead the personalized educational journeys of thousands of Dwight students in New York and across the globe.
CurriculumInternational Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, Middle Years Program, and Diploma Program
Languages of instructionEnglish
Foreign languagesMandarin, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Hebrew, Dutch, Swedish, Latin, ASL, and more
ExaminationsIB PYP, MYP, and DP assessments and examinations
Our son is in his second year at Dwight Upper School, having started in ninth grade. We are extremely pleased with Dwight for many reasons, including the high level of academics that has been maintained throughout the pandemic, and the teachers who have remained engaged and accessible despite the challenges of remote teaching. The manner in which Dwight has navigated through the pandemic is beyond commendable and the communication has been outstanding every step of the way. Besides the academics, we also appreciate the many programs Dwight offers such as sports, theatre, music, innovation and community service to name a few, as well as Dwight’s vast course offerings in it’s Diploma Program, which our son has just started to consider. It really is a wonderful school, with a welcoming community!
I have a sophomore at Dwight who has been there since sixth grade and loves it. The programs and opportunities for the kids have all been amazing. The small class sizes really allow the teachers to have an excellent understanding of the children's abilities and progress, and also makes it easy for kids to see out extra help. I highly recommend the school.
I could not be more pleased with our family school choice! Our daughter joined Dwight School in eighth grade and was the best educational decision we ever made. The entire school, faculty, staff, and families are so welcoming and diverse. Every student is seen and perceived as a unique individual. The IB curriculum offers extensive learning opportunities and enriches the academic curriculum in an interwoven organic fashion. Students not only learned but are involved, inspired, and guided by amazingly high-level passionate educators. Words are not enough to express how happy we are and how highly we recommend Dwight School!
Our three daughters are currently enrolled in Dwight and we could not be more pleased with our family's experience at the school. The school culture is welcoming and supportive, the IB curriculum is challenging and engaging, and my girls are thrilled to wake up and go to school each and every day. We truly feel like we could not have found a better school home. The school's international and entrepreneurial focus especially appealed to our family and these values go beyond a mission statement into day to day practices you see and feel as a part of the school community. Our daughters are proud to have friends from all over the world, they ask great questions and are confident to express their ideas.
I could not be more pleased with our family school choice! Our daughter joined Dwight School in 8th grade and was the best educational decision we ever made. The entire school, faculty, staff, and families are so welcoming and diverse. Every student is seen and perceived as a unique individual. The IB curriculum offers extensive learning opportunities and enriches the academic curriculum in an interwoven organic fashion. Students not only learned but are involved, inspired, and guided by amazingly high-level passionate educators. Words are not enough to express how happy we are and how highly we recommend Dwight School!