Dwight School

Founded in 1872 and located in New York, Dwight School is an internationally renowned private international school (nursery-grade 12) committed to educating the next generation of innovative global leaders - one student at a time. Providing a personalized experience for each student through the academically vigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, Dwight is dedicated to "igniting the spark of genius" in every child.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 957 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $51,000
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1

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Dwight School places among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

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School Overview

Student Body

Total Students
957 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 41%
Students by Grade
Dwight School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
168 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Dec. 1
Yearly Tuition Cost
Admissions Director
Maryll Spahn
Admissions Associate
Melissa Andolina



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
30 extracurriculars
Contemporary Arts Society, Dance Lab, Digital Photography, Green Roof Space Research and Design, Improv Performance Group, Jazz Band, Mock Trials, Model UN, Performance Music, Prom Committee, Student Council, Upper School Theater Production, Upper School Vocal Ensemble, Yoga, Young Writers Society

Club or Organization:
American Sign Language, Chess Club, Cooking Club, Debate Team, Dodgeball, Fashion Club, Fencing, Flag Football, Math Lab, Musical Theater, Parkour, Stock Market Club, Yearbook, Zoology, Zumba

School Notes

What sets Dwight apart

Personalized Learning
  • No two students are alike - and no two student journeys at Dwight are the same. Dwight customizes an educational path for every student based on interests and talents.
  • Dwight's student-teacher ratio is among the lowest for New York City independent schools.

  • Dwight is a close-knit, diverse community in which every student is empowered to make a difference.
  • Established mentorship programs create bonds between older and younger students inside and outside the classroom.
  • Dwight's community partnership in East Harlem created the Dwight School Athletic Center.

Global Vision
  • Dwight in New York is the flagship campus of The Dwight Schools, a global network of IB World Schools in London, Seoul, Shanghai, Dubai, and online.
  • Dwight students participate in exchange programs, curricular and creative collaborations, online programs, international athletic competitions, and global leadership conferences.
  • Dwight is the first school in the Americas to offer the comprehensive IB curriculum for students ages 3-19.
  • The IB educates students to be globally-minded critical thinkers and global leaders.
  • The IB is the "gold standard" in pre-university preparation.
  • Student innovation and creativity are nurtured across campus.
  • An after school "Spark Tank" helps students of all ages develop social entrepreneurial initiatives. Students can apply for grants to take their novel ideas and inventions with real-world application into the marketplace.
  • Our 1:1 laptop program for students begins in fourth grade and ensures access to the latest technologies for learning.
  • Our brand-new, state-of-the-art rooftop pavilions, which include an open observatory, are designed to be flexible learning and studio spaces in which students can explore, create, and let their imaginations soar.

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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 957 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $51,000
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 1

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The average private school tuition in New York, NY is $36,144 for elementary schools and $43,019 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 59% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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