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Community Service

In keeping with our mission and the IB curriculum, Dwight is committed to making a difference in our local and global communities and to bringing the IB’s focus on service learning to life. Helping students develop meaningful connections, as well as be of service to the various communities to which they belong and identify, is a cornerstone of a Dwight education.

Throughout their time at Dwight, students develop valuable leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving skills, while sharing their time, talents, and efforts through a wide range of community service projects. These are designed to help those in New York and around the world, as well as to help protect our planet and foster sustainability. Along the way, students are encouraged to reflect on their experiences, challenges, and learning. 

Additionally, each fall during our annual Service Week, students of all ages and their families participate in a wide range of activities – all contributing to the greater good.


The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Program is the world’s leading youth achievement award, launched at Dwight in 2020. The program encourages those ages 14-24 to pursue new skills, be physically active, engage in community service, and cultivate their sense of adventure outside the classroom. These goals align closely with elements of the IB, such as CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service).

Dwight students striving toward The Award can participate in WILD (Wilderness Instruction Leadership Development), supported by The Dwight School Foundation. WILD teaches outdoor skills and sustainable practices during day and overnight hikes in New York and beyond.