Mission & Philosophy

Our Mission

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.

Our Vision

To foster the next generation of global leaders who can thrive anywhere in the world.

Our Three Pillars

Personalized Learning

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.

Global Vision

Dwight’s mission, vision, and pillars extend globally across our network of schools and is supported by the International Baccalaureate ethos. Students develop a sense of themselves, as well as the world around them. Dwight opens students’ hearts and minds through challenges and opportunities, inviting students to build bridges within and between cultures.

Diversity Statement

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 an International Baccalaureate World School, Dwight 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.

Global-mindedness Statement

Our students understand that education transcends geographical boundaries ― that while our school is situated in Manhattan, their learning experiences are designed to help them become citizens of not only New York City but also, indeed, the world. The International Baccalaureate Program, with its emphasis on inquiry and the learning through the study of global contexts, provides a rich framework for this to occur.

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 International Baccalaureate schools, our students and teachers have countless opportunities to collaborate on curricular experiences and service opportunities, as well as 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. As an International Baccalaureate World School 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.

IB Mission Statement

The International Baccalaureate® aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end, the organization works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging IB programs of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate, and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.