Middle School

From debate to stop motion animation, and from fashion design to dodgeball, Dwight offers Middle School students an extensive range of after-school classes and club choices, all designed to spark minds, bodies, and imaginations.

Session length: Varies by activity, see program brochure
Cost: Club participation is included in tuition; see program brochure for program fees
Time: Clubs run 3‒4 pm, and programs run from 3-4:30 pm, unless otherwise stated
Location: Dwight’s Main Campus or the Dwight School Athletic Center

Registration for Middle School activities takes place online three times a year. Students must register each term anew, even when continuing the same activities from the previous term, for their next term activities.

Sample Clubs & Activities


Students will undertake creative, age-appropriate projects with a focus on the design process through the exploration of many different media. Students will design and make their own masks and other fun animal costumes. These will be used to inspire storytelling and performance projects with visiting artists. This program will tap into the dimensions of creativity that every child has by using a variety of materials to create something great!

Chamber Orchestra

This ensemble is for students in grades 6-12 who are more advanced as instrumentalists. An audition is required for this ensemble.


We've got Dwight spirit! Bentley House is starting a cheerleading after-school program for students interested in promoting School spirit and pride, taught by our own Ms. Griner. Students will learn a variety of routines consisting of dance, cheers, stunts, and jumps. In addition, members of the program will receive a cheerleading practice uniform including a shirt and pair of shorts.


The Ceramics Program is open to both beginners and those experienced with clay. We will create three-dimensional works using techniques including pinching, coiling, slab, sculpting, and more. Students will learn different techniques, and individual projects and experimentation are encouraged. Come have some fun learning to play with clay!

Coding for iPads

Coding for iPads is a fun and easy way to learn coding for iOS. Students will work with visual blocks to solve puzzles and master the basics of iOS Development. Students will learn all about Swift — a powerful programming language created by Apple. This language is easy to understand, and is used by the pros to build many of today’s most popular apps. Students will take on a series of challenges, then step up to more advanced creations. Coding for iPads requires no coding knowledge. You don’t need to own an iPad, and all materials necessary for coding will be provided on-site. This program is perfect for students just starting out, while also providing a unique way for seasoned coders to quickly bring ideas to life. And because it’s built to take full advantage of iPad, it’s a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Join us this fall, we’ll be having a ball, while learning with Coding for iPads!

Dwight Conservatory

The Dwight Conservatory provides students in grades 1-12 with an opportunity to take individual music lessons and ensemble instruction after school. The program offers a breadth of musical styles led by a committed team of creative and highly experienced professional musicians and teachers. Lessons are reasonably priced and conveniently located on campus. We currently offer instrumental instruction in: acoustic guitar, bass guitar, cello, clarinet, double bass, electric guitar, flute, percussion, piano, saxophone, voice, violin, and viola, as well as music theory and composition.

Mock Trials

Students learn what it means to be a lawyer or a witness in the American trial system in this after-school academic program open to all Middle School students. In September, October, and November, the program will meet once per week to focus on all aspects of skill development with respect to public speaking and trial advocacy, including: lessons and activities on oral and written persuasion; the foundational elements of American trial law, such as the rules of evidence and burdens of proof; and all components of a jury trial, for both student-attorneys and student-witnesses, including pre-trial motions, opening statements, direct examinations, cross examinations, objections, rebuttals, and closing arguments.

Model UN

Students gain a working knowledge of the procedures and operations of the United Nations. They will have assigned topics in preparation for a one-day Model United Nations Conference held each term at a local school or university. Each delegation (school) is assigned a country and required to research that country’s policy on specific international issues. Students who join this activity commit to attending the conferences as well as the weekly meetings.

Rock Band

This ensemble is for students who love pop and rock music, and is taught by a conservatory teacher. Placement of each student in an ensemble is determined by the Music Director and based on his/her experience. Attendance and punctuality are required at all sessions to maintain a place in the ensemble.

Swim Lessons at Our Pool

The Dwight School Athletic Center offers swim lessons for children and adults at our world-class facility (located at 2116 First Avenue) on weekdays after 3 pm and every Saturday from 9 am-12 pm. Taught by certified and experienced swim professionals, our lessons offer something for everyone — at every level. Please contact Aquatics Director, Chiarna Morton, at cmorton@dwight.edu to schedule lessons.


The Yearbook staff plans, designs, and implements the production of the entire School yearbook. Students learn and apply the skills of graphic designers, advertisers, sales agents, and publishers. Students can register for one or both days.


Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance fitness program that blends red-hot, high-energy, international beats. Before participants know it, they're getting fit and their energy levels are soaring. There is no other fitness class like a Zumba fitness party! It's easy to do, effective, totally exhilarating, and led by our in-house certified Zumba instructor!

Fiona Imboden
Director of Extracurricular Programs
(212) 724-6360 x 813

Agata Medic

Extracurricular Program Associate
(212) 724-6360 x 266

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