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Blended Learning: A Unique Benefit of Dwight Schools

Combining tradition with innovation is a longstanding Dwight hallmark, from pioneering the International Baccalaureate in the Americas to establishing campuses on continents across the globe. 

One uniquely powerful innovation – blended learning – provides Dwight students enrolled at campuses in London, New York, Seoul, Shanghai, Dubai, and Hanoi (opening 2024) with an option to take some of their classes online at Dwight Global Online School. Founded in 2014, Dwight Global Online is yet another successful innovation. A highly ranked and widely respected online school for students in grades 6-12, Dwight Global is one of a handful of schools in the world to offer the online International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Our Blended Learning program allows students to have the advantages of a brick-and- mortar school and the flexibility of an online school, so they can pursue with dedication both rigorous academics and professional pursuits and passions. Two students who have embraced blended learning are pictured above: juniors Lara Destani, whose family travels around the world, so Dwight Global enables her to continue her education wherever she is; and Chahrazed Yehia, who transferred from Dwight Global to Dwight School Dubai for the 2023-24 year.

Blended Learning has been well received by families, and enrollment has increased 25 percent in the last year, said Dwight School New York’s Alexander Cunningham, who is the Blended Student Dean and Dean of Grades 9 and 10.

“Great teachers and schools are responsive to student needs,” Mr. Cunningham said. “Dwight exemplifies this in our structure, not just in the classroom. Our support of blended learning students is support of their unique situations, identities, and approaches to learning. As educators, we strive to help our students find their best fit into the world around them. Blended learning allows students to find their best fit at Dwight as well.”

Blended learning sets a new level of global possibilities for secondary education worldwide. Students attend a Dwight School in person and take a few classes online through Dwight Global. This allows students a more flexible schedule to train, practice, or perform — and provides a wider range of class options for all students as well. 

“Academically, this means that students get to choose from the widest array of courses, so they can find those that strike the right balance of challenge and approachability,” said Mr. Cunningham. “Students also get to be a part of multiple communities of learners, with the broadest possible geographic reach, while practicing new ways to communicate, make friends, and learn about other perspectives.”

Dwight Global’s Director of Admissions Madison Awalt agrees: “The Blended Learning program is a wonderful option for students who enjoy the day-to-day of a brick-and-mortar school while also looking for more flexibility embedded into their weekly schedule — students get the best of both worlds. They have the additional time they need to pursue their passion at a high level, but they are still primarily attending school “on the ground.”