Director of Preschool Admissions
Information for International Families
Dwight students and faculty represent over 40 countries. As a globally minded community, we aim to make the application process as straightforward as possible for your family. We recognize that many decisions are involved and cannot be made until you have a school for your child. Once the application process is completed and all supplemental materials are submitted, the Admissions Committee will meet to review the file. Families will be notified as soon as a decision is reached.
If your family will be visiting New York, we will be happy to accommodate you for a private tour during your visit. If you are not able to visit New York, please take a moment to watch our virtual tours and a video of Dwight student panelists answering some frequently asked questions at a recent fall open house.
Please note, international families relocating to New York from overseas are exempt from taking standardized testing. In place of these tests, the Dwight Admissions Department will coordinate administering individualized language and math assessments.
F-1 Student Visas
While Dwight New York is proud to be an international community, please note that we are a day school only. Dwight School does not provide boarding or allow homestays for international students. All international students must be living with immediate family members while in New York. All family guardians undergo an interview and screening process. Dwight is an SEVP-certified school. If your child requires a Form I-20, he/she must be enrolled and the full tuition must be paid before a Form I-20 is issued.
Medical insurance from a U.S.-based insurance company is a condition of enrollment for the student. Occasionally, parents ask us for recommendations on U.S.-based insurance companies. While we are not associated with any insurance company and cannot recommend any particular carrier, we provide the list below for your convenience. Please research the best insurance for your child.
• NY State of Health | 855.355.5777
• Betins Internation Health and Travel Insurance | 866.552.8834
• ISM, Independent School Management | 302.656.4944
• International Student Insurance | 877.758.4391
• ISO International Student Insurance | 800.244.1180
English as an Alternate Language
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 admissions 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.