"I cannot doubt that those who enjoy the advantages of your institution will be well prepared for their subsequent studies
and their college life."Timothy Dwight, the Younger, President of Yale University, 1888

Dwight’s legacy of innovation and personalized learning dates back to 1872. We’re proud of our long and rich history as a premier independent school, landmark New York City educational institution, and pioneering global network of schools.

From the very beginning, our school was designed to prepare graduates for admission to Harvard and Yale; our school’s namesake is Yale’s twelfth President, Timothy Dwight V (also known as Timothy Dwight, the Younger).

For 145 years, our visionary leaders have transformed the educational landscape, while our illustrious alumni have left their mark on our world.

Dwight Firsts

Dwight has long been recognized around the world as a pioneer in IB and global education:

  • Dwight is the first school in the Americas to offer the comprehensive IB curriculum from preschool through the grade 12
  • Dwight was the first school in New York City to offer the IB Primary Years Program
  • Founder of the Guild of IB Schools of the Northeast, Dwight has numerous leaders in IB curriculum development and teaching on its world-class faculty
  • Dwight was the first school in the U.S. to establish an international campus in 1972 in London
  • Dwight entered into the first joint diploma program in China with the Beijing’s Capital Normal High School, attached to the Capital Normal University, in 2009
  • Based on its reputation as an IB leader, Dwight was selected by the Seoul Municipal Government from among 120 IB World Schools to open a model IB World School, which welcomed its first students in 2012; within a year, Dwight School Seoul became South Korea’s first IB World School authorized to offer the PYP, MYP, and DP
  • Dwight School in New York and Dwight School London were selected as two of six original IB Open World Schools from nearly 3,700 candidates across the globe to pilot ground-breaking IB education online in 2013
  • Dwight’s Open World School is part of a first-of-its-kind collaboration with Relativity School and the Institute for Civic Leadership to power the ICL Academy of Film and Performing Arts in Los Angeles
  • In 2014, Dwight opened the Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School, the first non-profit, independent, Chinese-foreign collaborative high school approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education


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