The Dwight Schools are a global network of IB World Schools educating 2,000 students across three continents. Each one shares the same commitment to igniting the spark of genius in every child. No matter where in the world a student attends Dwight, every student receives the same personalized attention and high-quality IB education. Learn more about our global network and check out this video about our latest partnership in Shanghai.
Dwight School in New York, founded in 1872, is the oldest campus in our network and a pioneer in building an international family of schools. Each Dwight School rests on the same three pillars: personalized learning, community, and global vision. The benefits to students of being part of a global network are numerous, including cross-campus curricular and creative collaborations, exchange and online programs, and life-long connections to our global alumni network upon graduation. Check out our latest video showcasing Dwight global leaders preparing for their all-campus concert at Carnegie Hall here.
|Dwight School London|
Dwight School London was founded in 1972 by Chancellor Spahn and Maurice Bowra, Warden of Wadham College at Oxford University. Later known as North London International School (NLIS), Dwight London earned Dwight the distinction of being the first independent American school to establish a permanent international campus. Dwight London has earned a reputation as one of Britain’s leading IB schools and also serves as a Center of Excellence for theater arts for The Dwight Schools.
|Dwight School Canada|
Dwight School Canada, located on Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, opened in 2009. Admitting students grades 6-12, Dwight Canada is the only boarding school in Western Canada that offers the IB Diploma Program, the Ministry-approved BC curriculum, and the U.S. high school. The school’s location in the northern Canadian rainforest makes it ideally suited as a Center of Excellence for environmental science and sustainability. Dwight Canada’s campus also hosts the annual ICL Global Leaders Academy, which attracts students from around the world for a two-week intensive program on how to become social entrepreneurs.
|Dwight School Seoul |Dwight was selected by the Seoul Municipal Government in 2009 to open the first model IB school for students in preschool-grade 12. Dwight Seoul’s 200,000-square-foot campus, designed by the award-winning D&B Architecture Group, opened its doors to students in 2012. The state-of-the-art campus, located in the bustling Digital Media City, provides the ideal setting for Dwight’s Center of Excellence in technology and innovation. To read about the exciting opening of our campus in Seoul, click here.
|Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School|
The Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School is the first non-profit, independent, Chinese-foreign collaborative high school approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. This exciting development affords Chinese and international students in grades 10 through 12 the opportunity to attend a new three-year, full-time boarding school in Shanghai. Blending the best of Eastern and Western traditions, our school leaders share more about the new school and Dwight's global educational philosophy on this video
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Chancellor, The Dwight Schools
Stephen H. Spahn has been Dwight School's Chancellor for 47 years. He completed all coursework for a Ph.D. at Columbia University, where he was an International Fellow and a Woodrow Wilson Scholar. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth, where he was an All-American basketball player, Phi Beta Kappa, a Senior Fellow, and an Intern at the United Nations under a 1926 Public Service Fellowship. After graduation, he attended Wadham College, Oxford University.
In 1980, Mr. Spahn helped found the Anglo-American School, which was the 58th school in the world to offer the IB Program and merged with Dwight School New York in 1993. Mr. Spahn was also the founder of the 59th school to offer the IB Program, the International School of London in 1972. He also currently serves on the Board of our sister school, Dwight School London.
For 30 years, Mr. Spahn was a Director of Down East Enterprises, which publishes Down East Magazine, Fly Rod and Reel, and Shooting Sportsman magazines.
Mr. Spahn has been involved as a Trustee of several community organizations, including Asphalt Green, Teaching Matters, and the Boys Scouts of Manhattan. Presently he serves on the Boards of the International Baccalaureate Organization and the RMA Museum of Art. He was a founding member of the Guild of International Baccalaureate Schools, and in 2000 he was a founder the Institute for Civic Leadership, of which his son, Kirk, is the President. Both of Mr. Spahn’s sons, Blake ’89 and Kirk ’95 graduated from Dwight; and his wife, Connie, was Dwight’s Director of Admissions for 20 years.
Head of School, Dwight School Seoul
With over 20 years experience working with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), Kevin brings a network of positive relationships, extensive global experience, and optimistic and inspiring leadership to the role of Executive Director. Kevin has spent his entire career in the field of international education, beginning in 1991 as a teacher of English in Bratislava, Slovak Republic. After time as a teacher, IB Diploma Coordinator, Vice-Principal, High School Principal, and Deputy Director, he became Assistant Head of School at Dwight School London.
In 1999, Kevin’s leadership skills were acknowledged by his appointment as Team Leader for Diploma Authorization visits in Europe, Africa and the Middle East (IBEAME). He is an international school accreditation member for the Council of International Schools (CIS) and New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). He has accredited or authorized more than twenty schools around the world. He has served as both an elementary and secondary school leader —experience that provides a deep understanding of the needs of all three IBO programs (the IB Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Program) within IB World schools as well as a working knowledge of other national curriculum, and has also been an IB examiner since 2005. In 2008, Kevin became Chair of the ECIS Secondary Administrators’ Committee and has worked as a consultant and workshop leader for Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in the capacity of international conference workshop leader.
Kevin holds a Masters degree from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK; a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) degree from the University of Toronto, Canada as well as a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of New Brunswick, Canada in addition to other professional qualifications and certifications.
Head of School, Dwight School London
David Rose has been Head of Dwight School London, based in North Finchley, since 2005. A renowned European IB leader, David has a Certificate in Education, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Management, and was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
After an initial appointment as a primary teacher in a state school near London Heathrow, David began a distinguished career in global education at the Anglo-American School of Stockholm, and moved on to teach at The British School of Islamabad in Pakistan. He became Deputy Headteacher of Oerlinghausen School in North Germany and then later Deputy Headteacher of a large primary school on the island of Cyprus – Akrotiri Primary School. In 1996, David returned to Germany to become Headteacher at Montgomery School near Hanover. After five successful years leading the growth of these schools in Europe, David went Stateside to become Head of School at The British School of Houston, Texas, a pre-K-12 international school. David led the school through a period of rapid growth and to its authorization as an IB World School.
In 2005, David and his wife, Vivienne, returned to London after more than 20 years of working overseas. David took up the position of Head of School at Woodside Park International School, which is now known as Dwight School London, part of The Dwight Schools. In 2010, David led the development and founding of The Holmewood School London, a school that specializes in supporting high functioning children who have special educational needs. David speaks German and Swedish, is an Independent Schools Inspector (UK & overseas), a school authorization visitor for the European Council of International Schools, and currently Chair of the London International Schools Association. David enjoys golf, is a Houston Rockets fan and, in the IB tradition, he is a lifelong learner!
Head of School, Dwight School Canada
Prior joining The Dwight Schools, Jerry worked for 28 years at the prestigious Lester B. Pearson College of the United World Colleges, where he held multiple roles, including Dean of Studies, Director of Residence, and Assistant and Interim Director. Jerry has been the IB Coordinator at several schools, and he has led the IB School authorization of many schools. For 12 years, he was an IB Chief Examiner and a key member of the IB online initiative, giving over 100 workshops and seminars in North America, Europe, Latin America, and Africa.
In 2005, Jerry took a two-year leave of absence from Pearson College to apply his global vision as Director of the Hermann Gmeiner SOS International College in Santa Ana, Costa Rica, a unique school designed to provide academically high achieving SOS orphans with the International Baccalaureate Diploma. Jerry’s role was to raise the academic standards of the school and to lead the IB Diploma authorization process. During his time, he initiated the process for Hermann Gmeiner SOS International School to become a United World College (now UWC Costa Rica).
Jerry has a Master of Arts from the University of British Columbia, and a Bachelors of Arts and a Diploma of Education from the University of Victoria. He is a graduate of the American School of Madrid and undertook senior studies at the Universidad de Madrid. He also has Certificat de Français and Diplôme de Français from the Université de Bourgogne’s Centre International d'Études Françaises.
Head of School, Dwight School New York
Dianne Drew moved to New York in 2003 from her hometown of Melbourne, Australia, and joined Dwight in 2006. She graduated from Monash University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a PostGraduate Diploma of Education. She is currently completing a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from Bath University with a focus on International Education.
Dianne began her English teaching career in 1993 and has spent many years teaching and consulting in Asia and Australia. Her experience covers both the public and private school sectors as Middle School Coordinator, Faculty Professional Development trainer and Curriculum Director. She now acts as Head of School of Dwight School New York after three successful years as Director of Curriculum and Professional Development for Dwight K-12 as well as overseeing the IB Middle Years Program (MYP).
Dianne has a long history with curriculum development and reform and is an accomplished International Baccalaureate workshop leader, site evaluator and consultant for the MYP. She is currently Vice President of MYP for the Guild of IB Schools in North America.
Vice Principal, Shanghai Qibao High School