Mission & Philosophy
Dwight is dedicated to igniting the spark of genius in every child. Kindling their interests, we develop inquisitive, knowledgeable, self-aware, and ethical citizens who will build a better world. Dwight Global School is the realization of the core Dwight School mission in the fabric of the 21st Century. In the same way that Dwight School has served students in New York City for the last 150 years, Dwight Global Online School will use emerging technologies to extend the reach of Dwight worldwide.
To foster the next generation of global leaders who can thrive anywhere in the world.
We will achieve this vision in two ways:
- Create a Global Campus that exists simultaneously in the cloud and in physical locations, providing students with a complete Dwight education wherever they are located. Courses in this campus will be seminar-based and academically rigorous; and Dwight Global students will be part of an active community that meets both online and in the physical world.
- Create an innovative model of flexible day schools and flexible boarding schools in which students move seamlessly between online and physical spaces. Flexible boarding schools will allow students to be in-residence roughly two-three weeks two-three times a year, thus avoiding the shortcomings of pure online schools, while providing maximum flexibility for students and the benefits of residential education.
Our Three Pillars
Dwight embraces the individuality of each learner, as no two students are the same. Dwight supports these student journeys through a robust academic curriculum and after-school programs. Dwight makes it a priority to focus on and develop each child’s spark of genius. Whether connecting a student with an exceptional mentor, designing tailor-made enrichment, crafting a special study abroad opportunity, or providing an innovative program or tutorial, Dwight recognizes and fosters each student’s gifts and talents.
Dwight’s community is a family of diverse individuals whose collective goal is to build a better world. The power of our learning environment is enhanced by connecting and valuing the different contributions and talents of all members. Through unlimited service, leadership, programmatic, and scholarship opportunities, we inspire students to find their own unique paths to action.
Dwight’s mission, vision, and pillars extend globally across our network of physical schools and into the cloud. Dwight students develop a sense of themselves, as well as the world around them. Enabling students to be at home anywhere in the world and to attend a common school, Dwight opens students’ hearts and minds wherever they may be through challenges and opportunities, inviting them to build bridges within and between cultures.
Dwight values an inclusive and diverse community. Our rich and long-standing New York presence, combined with an international focus, has allowed us to develop our community and celebrate diversity in all its forms. We understand that our School’s community is enriched by its members’ varying backgrounds, including those of age, cultural tradition, ethnicity, gender, nationality, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic position.
We seek to enroll families who will work in partnership with the School to embrace the challenging ― yet rewarding ― situations borne from diversity; furthermore, we will support and advocate for our community, recognizing that different perspectives are valued. We recognize that our community includes our families, faculty, staff, and alumni ― all of whom contribute to the tapestry of Dwight.
As a school that combines online and residential education, Dwight Global is committed to a strong sense of global understanding. We recognize that diversity as a concept continues to evolve, and that we ― as a community ― will evolve with it. Our dedication to this effort shall be ongoing.
Our students understand that education transcends geographical boundaries ― that whether students attend one of our physical Dwight Schools or attend the Dwight Global Online School, their learning experiences are designed to help them become citizens of not only of their cities, but also, indeed, the world.
Dwight values the importance of language acquisition while still honoring the students’ development of their mother tongues. By reducing barriers created by language and broadening our understanding of cultures inherent in the languages our students study, our community members can better participate in a more global dialogue. At Dwight, the study of language is designed to be one of inclusiveness.
As we are a network of global schools, both brick and mortar and in the cloud, our students and teachers have countless opportunities to collaborate on curricular experiences and service opportunities, and to participate in exchange programs with our other campuses. To be exposed to the cultures and insights of others ― and to have the opportunity to share one’s own culture ― should not be undervalued. Our students understand that it is possible for experiences to be shared with, as well as be unique to, our international counterparts. We strongly advocate the mission of, “encouraging students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.” It is through the refinement of empathy and international understanding that our students will further develop a more global perspective.