The news is exciting, indeed! Dwight will be opening its first campus in the Middle East — Dwight School Dubai — in the fall of 2018, expanding our global network of leading International Baccalaureate World Schools and introducing opportunities for students in New York to participate in additional trips, and enriching curricular and cultural exchange programs.
Dwight School Dubai will share a "super campus" totaling nearly one million square feet with Brighton College Dubai and the Center of Excellence for Arabic Language, Culture and the Arts in the heart of Dubai, creating a world-class educational destination for up to 4,000 students combined. Dwight will offer K-12 students the IB curriculum; Brighton College, a top UK coed school, will offer K-12 students the British curriculum; and the Center will be dedicated to the development of intra-cultural exchanges, facilitate both teacher and student development, as well as promote a deeper understanding of the rich Arabic history and traditions.
"Dwight has long pioneered opportunities for students to become innovative global leaders and our new school in Dubai will join those in New York, London, Seoul, and Shanghai that share this mission," said Chancellor Stephen Spahn, the longest-serving head of an independent school in the U.S. He continued, "Dwight School Dubai will be a model in the Middle East of how to integrate local strengths to enhance learning and create mentoring opportunities beyond the classroom for students, while also equipping them with the IB skills needed to communicate and collaborate across national borders to solve challenges on a global scale."
The construction of the state-of-the-art super campus, featuring extensive athletic facilities for shared usage by both schools, will begin shortly. We will welcome the first students for the 2018-19 academic year.
We look forward to the numerous benefits our new school in Dubai will afford students here in New York in the years ahead, such as trips, exchange programs, and much more. Stay tuned!