New York Private School Serves as International Model

by NYC Firm Schools on April 20, 2009

The success of the Dwight School, a NYC Private International school founded in 1872, is serving as a model for the new Dwight International School in Canada.

In New York edition of The Dwight School is a PreK-12 private international school located on Manhattan ’s Upper West Side.

In 1996, Dwight became the first school in North America to offer the full International Baccalaureate (IB) program from kindergarten through grade 12. With the opening of Woodside Preschool in the fall of 2005, Dwight became the first school to offer the IB Primary Years Program for children ages 2-4. Dwight continues to be a pioneer in international education and today nearly 40 countries are represented in its student body.

The TimesConlonist, out of Canada, carried the following story on the new Dwight International School that is based on the Dwight School model.

A new private school will open this fall on the campus of the former Maxwell International Baha’i School property on the eastern shore of Shawnigan Lake. New York-based Dwight School closed a deal this week on the property that Colliers International had listed for sale at $5.95 million following the closure of Maxwell International last June. The Dwight School also bought the assets and infrastructure, but no real estate, of Lakeside Preparatory Academy near Shawnigan Lake for an undisclosed sum. The private school offers courses for Grades 7-12. According to Graham Brown, interim administrative director of the new school, the two purchases were designed to allow the new entity to hit the ground running this fall. It will be called Dwight International School. Brown said the new school will model itself on the existing Dwight School in New York. It is a private international school that was the first in North America to offer the full International Baccalaureate program from kindergarten through Grade 12. The program was developed by a non-governmental organization administering curriculum that is international in nature and acceptable for university entrance qualification in countries throughout the world.

It is interesting to note that, in this next piece of the article, exchange programs are mentioned as an added benefit to students.

We are building a network of Dwight schools,” said Brown, noting the Shawnigan Lake campus will join the New York school and the North London International School. “We will offer exchanges between the three schools and students will have the same curriculum and expectations . . . in each school.”

Having opportunities in New York, London and the new Shawnigan Lake campus in Canada are wonderful benefits, especially for NYC Private School students attending the “local” Dwight.

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