The Middle School Spark

What Sets Us Apart?

The International Baccalaureate

  • We offer the Middle Years Program of the International Baccalaureate curriculum, which extends from grades 6–10.
  • The IB is among the most academically vigorous and challenging programs in the world and fosters the education of open-minded and critical thinkers.

Personalized Learning

  • No two students are alike — and no two student journeys are the same.
  • Learning is individualized, as students may reach new heights in math and other subjects, at their own pace.


  • Each student is a member of a small advisory group, which meets weekly with a faculty mentor to discuss a wide variety of topics.
  • All Middle School students participate in a leadership program led by the Head of Middle School, Ron Posner and Associate Head of Middle School, Shelby Levin. 
  • Opportunities for meaningful community service include a service day for each grade.

Global Vision

  • Middle School students have the opportunity to travel abroad to many of our Dwight School campuses and interact with their peers across the globe
  • Students may study Spanish, French, or Mandarin. Additional language offerings and Mother Tongue language classes are available upon request.


  • Students may participate in our Spark Tank incubator program, to take their novel ideas with real-world application into the marketplace. 
  • Our 1:1 laptop program in grades 6-8 ensure access to the latest learning technologies. 

Meet Our Faculty


Ron Posner
Head of Middle School
(212) 724-6360 Ext 295


Shelby Levin
Associate Head of Middle School,
MYP Coordinator
(212) 724-6360 Ext 318



Maryll Spahn 
Director of Admissions
Grades K-6


 Liliana Rodriguez  
Associate Director of Admissions
Grades K-6


Beth Carey
Assistant Director
Grades 7-12


Elizabeth Katz
Associate Director of Admissions
Grades 7-12


Melissa Andolina
Assistant Director & Enrollment Manager, K - 12
(212) 724-6360 Ext 207