Preschool & Kindergarten

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Dwight’s Preschool and Kindergarten! These years are an exciting time for growth and exploration for both our students and families, and we look forward to embarking on this exciting journey with you.

We’re delighted to introduce children to their first classroom experience in our warm, nurturing environment. Our student-centered approach encourages children to discover the world around them, while learning to connect with others and developing a strong sense of self. In Dwight’s tradition of igniting the spark of genius in every child, we help students begin to unlock their unique talents and interests and allow their natural abilities to flourish.

We’re proud to offer one of the most respected curriculums in the world, the inquiry-based Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate, which is rich, engaging, and encourages students to ask questions and actively participate in their learning. Our highly qualified teachers apply best practices in early childhood education, leading the way for students to become enthusiastic, caring, compassionate, internationally minded learners and problem-solvers.

The Preschool offers the Primary Years Program (PYP) of the International Baccalaureate to children ages three through five. The nature of the PYP places the child at the center, which allows Dwight to consistently position the students’ strengths and interests at the forefront of the learning experience. No two students are alike, and our School enthusiastically supports and fosters each child’s unique “spark of genius.” One may be a future mathematician, another a budding artist, and still another a world-­class athlete in the making. Throughout the year, the preschool 3s and 4s classes explore four Units of Inquiry and the students in kindergarten through fifth grade explore six Units of Inquiry. Each unit falls under one of six transdiciplinary themes (Who We Are; Where We Are in Place and Time; How We Express Ourselves; How the World Works; How We Organize Ourselves; and Sharing the Planet). The units incorporate the PYP language, mathematics, science, social studies, PSPE (personal, social, and physical education), and arts curricula as well as the New York State Common Core Standards. This inquiry­-based learning method enables students to explore content in the context of their own lives.

Our bright and spacious facility is just a few feet from Riverside Park, offering views across the Hudson River. I encourage you to visit our campus, attend an admissions open house, meet our wonderful teachers, and see for yourself what makes our Preschool and Kindergarten so special.

Christine Allen | Head of Dwight’s Preschool & Kindergarten

Meet Our Specialists!

In the Spotlight


Chris Allen
Director of Preschool
(212) 362-2350 Ext 703


Nora Thomson
Director of Preschool Admissions
(212) 362-2350 Ext 748


Laura Charecky  
Preschool Admissions Associate
(212) 362 2350 Ext 707


Maryll Spahn 
Director of Admissions
Grades K-6


 Liliana Rodriguez  
Associate Director of Admissions
Grades K-6


Melissa Andolina 
Assistant Director & Enrollment Manager, K - 12  
(212) 724-6360 Ext 207