History - More than 145 Years of Tradition



Seven Dwight Firsts


1. The first school in the Americas to offer the comprehensive IB curriculum from preschool to graduation.


2. The first school in New York City to offer the IB Primary Years Program.


3. The first school in the United States to establish an international campus, in 1972 in London.


4. The first school to create a joint diploma program in China with Beijing’s Capital Normal High School in 2009.


5. The only school selected by the Seoul Municipal Government to open a model IB World School in Seoul.


6. One of six schools selected from over 3,700 worldwide to pilot online education for the IB in 2013.


7. One-of-a-kind in China: in 2014, Dwight opened the Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School, the first non-profit, independent, Chinese-foreign collaborative high school.

DWIGHT’S LEGACY of innovation and personalized learning dates back to 1872. We are proud of our long and rich history as a premier independent school, landmark New York City educational institution and pioneering global network of schools.

From the very beginning, Dwight was designed to prepare graduates for admission to Harvard and Yale; our school’s namesake is Yale’s twelfth President, Timothy Dwight V.

For more than 145 years, our visionary leaders have transformed the educational landscape, while our illustrious alumni have left their mark on the world.


“I cannot doubt that those who enjoy the advantages of your institution will be well prepared for their subsequent studies and their college life.”

Timmothy Dwight V
President of Yale University, 1888