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Tracing Dwight’s roots reveals that there were actually two ancestor schools that ultimately joined forces to become the Dwight we know today. These schools — The Sachs Collegiate Institute and The New York School of Languages — evolved over time, changed their names, broadened their student bodies, and crisscrossed the East and West Sides of Manhattan before converging in our permanent home at 18 West 89th Street.
 
Each school, or piece in this mosaic, has its own story to tell. Together, they form our collective history. Join us on a journey down two paths to personalized learning that ran parallel for many years before overlapping. You will be introduced to the key players who shaped our past — leading educators of their day — and to the milestones achieved under their direction. You will also discover some rich details and little-known facts along the way. Click here for more about our illustrious history. 

 

Franklin

1872
1872

Dr. Julius Sachs, noted educator (and brother of Samuel, co-founder of Goldman Sachs), opens The Sachs Collegiate Institute on 32nd Street and Broadway.

1891
1891

The Sachs School for Girls opens and readies graduates for top women's colleges.

1892

The School for Boys moves to 38 West 59th Street; the School for Girls relocates to 116 West 59th Street.

1908-14

At some point over these six years, the name changes to The Franklin School.

1912
1912

Franklin relocates for the last time to 18-20 West 89th Street.

1951
1951

Franklin becomes co-ed.

1965

The brownstones at 17 and 19 West 88th Street are converted for use by the school.

1980
1980

Franklin adopts the International Baccalaureate Curriculum and changes its name to the Anglo-American International School.

Dwight

1880
1880

The New York School of Languages is founded at 15 West 43rd Street as an academy of classical studies and readies graduates for Harvard, Yale, and Princeton.

1888
1888

The school changes its name to The Dwight School in honor of Timothy Dwight V, twelfth President of Yale, who partnered with the school to shift its focus to math and the sciences.

1895

Dwight becomes part of The New York Preparatory School, founded in 1889 ― the largest prep school in the US.

1916

Dwight relocates to 72 Park Avenue

1953
1953

Dwight moves to 402 East 67th Street.

1967

Dwight becomes co-ed.

1972

Dwight is the first independent school in the US to establish a permanent campus abroad ― today's Dwight School London.

1974
1974

Dwight merges with The Bentley School, founded in 1914.

1993

Dwight and the Anglo-American International School come together as The Dwight School, which relocates to 18-20 West 89th Street. Additional Dwight milestones can be found in the "Dwight & Anglo-American Join Forces" section of the timeline. 

2015

Dwight launches Spark Tank, an incubator to teach K-12 students entrepreneurial, innovation, and leadership skills beyond the classroom. 

2018

Dwight becomes the first school in the US to be accredited by the World Federation of Sport. Dwight also opens the first American-based pre-K-12 school in Dubai. 

Dwight & Anglo-American Join Forces

2005

Dwight opens the Woodside Preschool on Riverside Boulevard and 66th Street.

2009

Dwight establishes the Dwight American-Capital Normal High School Program in Beijing.

2012
2012

Woodside Preschool and K programs become the Dwight Early Childhood Division.

The campus extends to the brownstone at 22 West 89th Street and the Great Hall opens.

Selected by the Seoul Municipal Government from among 120 candidates to launch a model IB School, Dwight School Seoul opens.

2013
2013

The Dwight School Athletic Center opens at 2116 First Avenue, thanks to an innovative East Harlem community partnership. Dwight's Summer Camp opens the same year. Dwight in New York and London are selected from over 3,700 schools worldwide to pilot online education for the IB; Dwight NY later creates Dwight Global Online School. 

1993

Dwight and the Anglo-American International School come together as The Dwight School, which relocates to 18-20 West 89th Street. Additional Dwight milestones can be found in the "Dwight & Anglo-American Join Forces" section of the timeline. 

2014
2014

Dwight becomes the first school in the Americas to offer the comprehensive IB curriculum from preschool-grade 12. Dwight also opens the Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School, the first non-profit, independent, Chinese-foreign collaborative high school. 

 

2015

Dwight launches Spark Tank, an incubator to teach K-12 students entrepreneurial, innovation, and leadership skills beyond the classroom. 

2018

Dwight becomes the first school in the US to be accredited by the World Federation of Sport. Dwight also opens the first American-based pre-K-12 school in Dubai.