Welcome to Dwight School, where we are dedicated to crafting a personalized journey for every student based on individual interests, talents, and passions. We call this “igniting the spark of genius in every child.”

This unique educational philosophy has distinguished Dwight as an internationally renowned educator of the next generation of global leaders ― one student at a time.

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 ― our history dates back to 1872 ― Dwight is proud of its rich traditions, illustrious alumni, and numerous advances in education. Yet it is our present and future that I am most excited by 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, and was a pioneer in launching a student incubator empowering young entrepreneurs to bring their own ideas to market through our Spark Tank Program.

No matter where innovation takes us, our steadfast commitment to putting students first remains at the heart of everything we do. Dwight’s inspiring faculty ― master teachers ― encourage students to believe in their own talents, follow their hearts, and take intellectual risks through the International Baccalaureate. No other curriculum fits better with our vision of educating critical thinkers and innovative global leaders. The academic breadth and depth of the IB are simply unparalleled, which is why it is recognized worldwide as the finest preparation for college and university.

With a global network of Dwight Schools spanning three continents and extending into the cloud with Dwight Global Online School ― ranked by Newsweek as the #2 best online high school in the U.S. ― students have numerous opportunities to connect with peers worldwide. They can participate in cross-campus cultural and curricular collaborations and exchange programs. The world is literally at their feet ― and we couldn’t be more delighted to offer our students an international passport to learning.

It has been my privilege to be the educational steward of thousands of students over the past 55 years. With each day, I find new reasons to be energized by our students’ infinite powers of creativity, their deep and varied personal passions, and their unlimited capacities to make a difference.

I invite you to learn more about what makes a Dwight education so special.


Stephen Spahn | Chancellor