Upper School

Upper School students have a wide range of after-school programs and club choices, from Model UN and digital photography to yearbook and Zumba. All are 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 from 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

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Sample Activities

Advanced Master Theater

The Advanced Master Theater Program is for students who have shown drive and who we feel possess the maturity needed to commit to a more in-depth theater learning experience. The program, which mirrors those at the college level but is designed specifically for high school students, provides participants with direct contact with artists working on Broadway and Off-Broadway stages. It also affords those who may not plan on pursuing theater in college or as a career with an opportunity to build public speaking skills and the ability to think and act creatively on the spot. The program’s most unique and exciting feature is the working relationships we have with the Manhattan Theater Club and the Atlantic Theater. The Advanced Master Theater Program is individualized for every student. We personally mentor each one and provide guidance to help students pursue their spark of genius in theater or music on and off campus, connecting them to resources and additional programs that can nurture their further development and success.

A-List Test Prep

At Dwight, we’re committed to providing students with the finest counseling and resources to help guide them through every step of the college admissions process. As students are required to take standardized tests for college admissions, we have partnered with A-List, a highly regarded test preparation and college admissions organization, to offer students in grades 9–12 supplemental standardized test preparation assistance designed to boost confidence and standardized testing performance. With a proven record of success, A-List focuses on the individual needs of students and matches each one with an educator based on his/her learning styles and motivation. Please email Director of Extra-curricular Activities, Fiona Imboden, at fimboden@dwight.edu, for more information about group courses or private tutoring with A-List.

Chamber Music

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

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 piano, voice, violin, viola, cello, double bass, percussion, flute, clarinet, saxophone, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, as well as music theory and composition. For questions regarding the Dwight Conservatory Program, please contact Director of Music, Alistair Hamilton, at ahamilton@dwight.edu.

Feminist Club

The Dwight Feminist Club seeks to educate the Dwight community about women's rights by focusing on current events concerning inequality. Weekly meetings will begin with a specific topic. Diverse opinions will be encouraged, as we educate ourselves through videos, lectures, and presentations.

Investment Club

Learn to make strategic investments by analyzing companies while having fun competing in a virtual stock market game!

Math Team

Our Math Team, one of the most competitive teams in New York City, is open to all Upper School students who are interested in exercising their brains to work challenging math problems. Your skills will be put to the test when you sit for competitive math contests!


Math can be fun and Mathergy proves it! In this activity, students collaborate with the entire Dwight School community to produce engaging and energetic mathematics music videos to share with struggling students throughout the world!

Click on the following link to watch Dwight’s first Mathergy video:

Our goal is to bring together the budding singers, rappers, dancers, producers, filmmakers, and mathematicians from Dwight’s entire student body, faculty, and staff, and then utilize their talents to energize the process of teaching and learning math!

Please note that strong math skills are not required to join this club … just your spark and desire to join us!

Portfolio Prep

High school students in grades 9-12 interested in art will work in the studio to build their portfolio. Are you interested improving your figure drawing, painting skills, or trying printmaking? Bring your ideas to the art studio! Instructors will help students with technique and idea development. The group will take advantage of the vibrant art scene in New York by visiting galleries and museums. Students will reflect and discuss their art, and art history, to help understand our present culture.

Race Matters

Dwight’s Race Matters Club serves as a resource for students with shared interests, issues, and a common bond or background. It is open to all students who want to explore their own racial identity and how it factors into the larger societal context of race. The group will plan and organize events/discussions that help educate and celebrate diversity within our community.

Rock Band

This ensemble is for students who love pop and rock music. Taught by a professional rock musician, this program has a limited number of places and students may need to rotate between pop/rock and jazz.

Swim Lessons

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.


Being a Dwight tutor is an opportunity to make a difference as you earn SA or CAS credit by helping your peers and younger students to study more efficiently. Many of today’s best teachers began as student tutors!


WISER (the Women's Institute for Secondary Education and Research) is a non-profit NGO, which opened the first girls’ boarding school in Muhuru Bay, Kenya, to provide girls with the opportunity to overcome life obstacles through education. Dwight works with WISER through its Partner Program to build global relationships, create an international exchange of ideas, and assist in providing scholarships for girls. Members of Dwight's WISER group will work on continuing and building relationships with the girls and teachers in Muhuru Bay, as well as further promoting WISER within our Dwight community.


The Yearbook staff plans, designs, and implements the production of the entire School yearbook. They 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 is led by our in-house certified Zumba instructor!

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

Melissa Norman
Extra-curricular Programs Manager
(212) 724-6360 x 602

Neil Brier
Activities and Community Service Coordinator
(212) 724-6360 x 227

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