Our Language Offerings

Dwight is an international community, with students and faculty representing over 40 nationalities. Our classrooms, hallways, and student lounges are filled with the sounds of lively conversations in many languages. Instruction begins at age two:


Grades K–5

  • Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese
  • Mother Tongue instruction in Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese
  • Additional language offerings are available upon request (extra fee)

Grades 6–12

  • Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese 
  • Mother Tongue instruction in Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese (no fee); German (extra fee)
  • Language acquisition in Italian and German; additional languages are available, most recently: Korean, Japanese, Dutch, Russian, Latin, ASL, and Swedish

English as an Alternate Language (EAL)

EAL provides English language instruction and support for our non-native speakers of all ages. We're committed to a personalized approach that provides students who are learning English with the necessary tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond. 

Students are evaluated prior to admission for oral, reading, and writing proficiency by Dwight's EAL team and placed in our supplemental program based on evaluation results. 

Please note that English as an Alternate Language (EAL) is often used interchangeably with English as a Second Language (ESL) or English as a Foreign Language (EFL). We have opted to use EAL because it does not imply any hierarchy for language acquisition.

Our Language Philosophy

Personalized Learning

  • Every student is unique and has different language needs inside and outside the classroom
  • Students have a right to continue to develop their Mother Tongue, helping to instill a greater sense of pride in, and a deeper understanding of, their own identity


  • Language learning helps students to respect and appreciate their own and other cultures
  • Within an international community and Dwight’s global network of schools, students forge deeper connections with peers through language learning and proficiency

Global Vision

  • Dwight encourages students to view and meet challenges from a global perspective
  • Language learning promotes international mindedness and multicultural understanding
  • Students become bi-and multi-lingual, positioning them for success in today’s global world