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Our Mission As a community of learners, Dwight-Englewood School strives to foster in each student a passion for lifelong learning. We seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity in order to develop the skills, values, and courage to meet the challenges of a changing world and make it better.

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tradition For over a century, our academic experience, rooted in the liberal arts tradition, has helped students develop their critical thinking and ethical values.


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innovation Building on a foundation of established learning and academic inquiry, students tap into their capacity for innovation.


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community By emphasizing group-learning experiences that help develop character, our community encourages students to form lifelong relationships.


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excellence We advocate the pursuit of excellence—in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in the arts, where so many students discover special talents.


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integrity Our students learn to act with compassion and integrity so that they can thrive in a complex and challenging world.


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collaboration Our multicultural population, made up of students from 25 countries and 80 local communities, including New York City, offers invaluable lessons in collaboration.


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commitment We deliver a broad-based education but always encourage commitment to the passions and pursuits that make us stand out as individuals.


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courage Students are urged to pursue many interests, thereby developing the courage that comes with personal exploration.


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curiosity Our belief that there are only good questions allows students to develop their natural curiosity and become fearless learners.


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empowerment Everything we do advances the empowerment of our students—as learners, as leaders, and as vital forces in our community.


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leadership Students gain important leadership skills in a diverse but inclusive environment that mirrors the complexities of our changing world.


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values We believe that ethical values should dictate action and be the basis of the leadership skills we teach our students.


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exploration Informed and inspired scientific exploration takes place in our 13 fully equipped laboratories and a nature sanctuary that serves as an outdoor research laboratory.


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purpose At Dwight-Englewood, students understand that there is purpose in play and that learning extends beyond the classroom.


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environment We provide an environment that supports risk-taking and instills a spirit of confidence in our students.


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nurture Our 8:1 student-faculty ratio allows our dedicated and talented teachers to nurture students and help them along the path to discovery.


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Challenging minds for a changing world.

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.


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Message from the Head of School

Welcome to Dwight-Englewood School. Commitment, confidence, courage, curiosity, and purpose—these enduring values and fundamental principles of our school have shaped our culture and have guided generations of faculty, students, parents, and administrators. They are palpable everywhere, deeply embedded, and thoroughly define Dwight-Englewood’s distinctive environment—one that is serious, challenging, and caring all at once. Here, at every level, from preschool through grade twelve, students gain critical skills, seek excellence, ignite their passions, and develop the habit of lifelong learning. They become whole persons, with an educational experience rooted in tradition but aimed at innovation. Each day, I take enormous pleasure and pride in witnessing the collaborative learning experiences that are going on in classrooms. There is a satisfying buzz that emanates from the highly interactive and conversational activity of students and teachers working together. Whether it happens around our Harkness tables, in a one-to-one computing environment, or in our studentgathering areas around campus, at Dwight-Englewood School, both in and out of the classroom, such conversation abounds. On stage and on the playing fields, in the library and dining halls, on field trips, and even in casual hallway exchanges, learning is always present, active, and even joyful. Here, in our caring community, we listen carefully, we question probingly, we speak respectfully, we embrace diverse opinions and cultural perspectives, we encourage new ideas and challenge old ones, and we enjoy each other’s company. We invite you and your family to enter into this conversation and look forward to your sharing time with us on campus.

Rodney V. De Jarnett Head of School

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“Each day, I take enormous pleasure and pride in witnessing the collaborative learning experiences that are going on in our classrooms.” – Rodney V. De Jarnett, Head of School


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Tradition and Innovation

Our Community of Learners

There is a long tradition of academic excellence and innovative learning at Dwight-Englewood School. The present-day school was formed as a result of several important mergers. In , The Dwight School, founded in , merged with The Englewood School for Boys, established in . Some years later, these schools merged with the Bede School, founded in . The coming together of these three fine educational institutions created Dwight-Englewood School—a seamless prekindergarten-through-th-grade educational experience that now serves approximately 0 day students from more than  communities in Bergen, Hudson, and Essex Counties in New Jersey and Rockland County and Manhattan in New York.

Hands-on learning is at the heart of the Dwight-Englewood School educational experience. In the Lower School, we help students make connections among disciplines that spark creative thinking. In the transitional Middle School years, we focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and study skills, with emphasis on reading, writing, and formal oral presentation. The Upper School challenges students to advance these skills within a classical college-preparatory program.

Here at Dwight-Englewood School, our students learn to love learning. Structured classes help them achieve their individual goals while involving them in valuable teamwork. What makes Dwight-Englewood School so singular is that we are a community where everyone teaches and everyone learns. All subscribe to the school motto, per ardua ad veritatem (through hard work, we arrive at the truth). Together we seek excellence, honor integrity, and embrace diversity. Students pursue their dreams, learn from each other, and are challenged to grow and develop their innate talents. As a Dwight-Englewood School student, you will pursue your passions. Within our diverse school population, you will learn to value and appreciate differences and prepare yourself for success in our increasingly connected world. Your comprehensive education, infused with the DwightEnglewood School spirit of inquiry, will prepare you for the emerging demands, opportunities, and technologies of the st century.

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Our faculty of highly trained teachers—thinkers and scholars who have largely been with the school for more than  years—fosters an academically challenging environment marked by problem solving and independent thinking. Teachers and principals instill a lifelong passion for learning and collaborate to provide a seamless transition from one division to the next. Our very favorable student/faculty ratio of : ensures that individual attention is always available. In the Lower School, more than  teachers serve 2 students. Each homeroom teacher advances the natural curiosity of students through a hands-on curriculum that promotes learning. In the Middle School,  teachers instruct 3 students. Beginning in the sixth grade, students learn the organizational, academic, and personal skills needed to meet the demands of the Upper School’s rigorous college-preparatory program. Teachers work collaboratively across four major areas—English, social studies, math, and science—to provide a core educational experience infused with an interdisciplinary spirit. In the Upper School,  faculty members engage  students. Teachers challenge students through a curriculum that includes core English, history, world-language, integrated math and science as well as arts courses. Our stimulating academic offerings, combined with athletics and cocurricular activities, encourage students to become confident adults, secure in their ability to succeed in a complex world.

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“Teachers cared and took time to work one-on-one with me. They accepted new ideas and encouraged my originality in art.” – Chika Ota ’,Yale University


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Habitat for Learning

At Dwight-Englewood School, we recognize that campus architecture is a significant factor in shaping the overall experience of our students. Our -acre campus features learning spaces that reflect the collaborative model of our community. Combining traditional and contemporary architecture with current technology, we provide students with a stimulating setting for their pursuits. Drapkin Hall, our Lower School building, is a colorful, light-filled space with its own cafeteria, gymnasium, library, science exploratorium, and Centro Español for the study of Spanish. The newly renovated Umpleby Hall houses our Middle School classrooms. The majority of Upper School classes take place in Leggett Hall, Klein Campus Center, or the solar-powered Pope Science Hall. Visual-arts courses are mostly grouped in the Swartley Arts Center. This facility includes studios for drawing and painting, photography and video production, and ceramics. There is also a classroom dedicated to Lower School Students. A teaching gallery exhibiting work by students, faculty, and other artists ensures that something interesting is always on view. Upper and Middle School students can take advantage of the great resources of the Imperatore Library, which houses more than , volumes, along with wireless computer access and student study spaces, including the Bogo Room, a purposely designed area for group study. Adjacent to the library are technology labs and world-language classrooms. Physical-education classes take place in the Modell’s Sports Complex, which features two gyms, along with a weight-training room and an aerobics studio. Additionally, students and sports teams use Leggett Field, Graham Field, and Solomon Field for their classes and games. The hub of Dwight-Englewood School is undeniably the Klein Campus Center. This newest facility houses the Khubani Performing Arts Center, the Wharton-Lessin Dining Hall, Schenck & Hajjar Auditoriums, the school store, and the school snack bar, known as the “Coop.” Incorporated into the design are spacious sitting areas that allow students to socialize and collaborate on projects. We encourage you to visit our campus.

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“We use technology as a tool that helps our students see the world differently. Dwight-Englewood School students use sophisticated tools throughout the curriculum to tackle complex problems that extend far beyond the traditional world of pencil and paper.” – Trevor Shaw, Director of Academic Technology


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Cultivating Community

To create a true community of learners, we require every student to take ownership of his or her learning, both in and out of the classroom. At Dwight-Englewood School, you will become something of an adventurer as you follow your passions. You will form new and expansive relationships with peers and teachers. You will develop a broader perspective and a true appreciation for diversity. Our students enjoy a rare opportunity to learn about different cultures, lifestyles, and beliefs, yet the shared values of our community—honesty, responsibility, respect, judgment, commitment, and courage—bring us together. We introduce these values in preschool and ask students to reconfirm them as they grow older. Our faculty embodies these values in their roles as teachers, coaches, and advisors. The Upper School expands on these values in a th-grade ethics course and in the community-service project that all students must complete before graduation. Shared values enable our diverse community to learn, grow, and laugh together. We celebrate the commitment to our school during Spirit Week. We express gratitude for the abundance we enjoy during our Thanksgiving Celebration. We show our respect for the planet on Earth Day. Whether it is the Lower School’s Puppet Parade, Middle School’s Living Wax Museum, or Upper School’s M.A.G.I.C. fundraising intramural games, we constantly look for opportunities and outlets to celebrate the vitality of who we are.

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“Dwight-Englewood School is a richly diverse community through which our children learn that, regardless of our similarities and differences, it is our core values that make for people of courage, commitment, and integrity.” – Kathryn Christoph, Middle School Principal


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The Right Start

Dwight-Englewood School instills a lifelong love of learning right from the beginning. The nurturing environment of our Lower School, along with its age-appropriate curriculum, allows students to pursue their natural curiosity and move along a path of self-discovery. Preschool classrooms are child-centered, interdisciplinary in approach, and organized around projects and themes. The development of social relationships and individual growth is constantly stressed through our use of the “Responsive Classroom.” A child’s typical day in the Lower School will be structured around a homeroom-specialist model in which the homeroom teacher instructs the students in the core academic subjects of reading, writing, and mathematics. Students work with specialist teachers in the areas of Spanish, art, library, technology, music, and physical education. In grades one through five, children are taught analytical and critical thinking through an interdisciplinary curriculum. Social-studies themes such as Shelter, First Americans, Colonial America, and the American Revolution are enriched with hands-on activities and field trips. Studies have shown that elementary students are the most receptive foreign-language learners, and we introduce our world-language program at the beginning of the student’s experience. Our language classes, conducted almost entirely in Spanish and featuring game-playing, songs, and first-person storytelling, teach grammar and the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. As a Dwight-Englewood School parent, your participation in your child’s Lower School experience will be valued. With the Parents’ Association providing many opportunities for family involvement, you can participate in a variety of ways and levels of commitment.

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“At Dwight-Englewood School, I especially enjoy the exciting conversation around teaching and the high level of intellectual engagement among the faculty.” – Peter Davies, Lower School Principal


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Lower School Curriculum PREKINDERGARTEN and KINDERGARTEN GRADES  &  GRADE  GRADE  GRADE 

Emergent Literacy Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts Language Arts Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics

Mathematics (Problem-Centered)

Mathematics (Problem-Centered)

Science

Science

Science

Science

Science

Social Studies Social Studies: Social Studies: Social Studies: Social Studies: Ourselves & Our Families, First Americans: Colonial America American Revolution Native Peoples Westward Expansion World Geography Shelter, Community Immigrants Research Skills Spanish Music Visual Art

Spanish Music Studio Art

Spanish

Music

Studio Art

Spanish

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Music Music Creating Original Opera Studio Art

Creating Original Opera

Physical Education & Health Physical Education & Health Physical Education & Health Physical Education & Health Physical Education & Health Library

Library (Computer-Integrated)

Library (Computer-Integrated)

Library (Computer-Integrated)

Library (Computer-Integrated)

Technology Classes Technology Integrated in Technology Integrated in Technology Integrated in All Subject Areas All Subject Areas All Subject Areas

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“Choosing Dwight-Englewood School was simply the best decision that we could make for our twin daughters. As parents of two bright, young children, we were looking for an elementary program that could offer them an array of unique learning experiences.” – Margaret Ragi, Parent of Grace and Sara, Class of ’


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Seeking Excellence

The Middle School focuses on the education of the whole child. We aim to provide a balance between skills instruction and intellectual vigor, content and process, independent work and collaboration, and self-reflection and global awareness. We begin by strengthening critical learning skills in English, mathematics, social studies, and science. Our cluster teams of teachers develop a firm understanding of the individual needs of each student and work in close collaboration to achieve the most effective strategies for learning success. The Middle School academic experience is clustered around three major themes: Patterns and Perceptions in Grade , Worldwide Weavers in Grade , and the Courage of Our Convictions in Grade . As a Middle School student, your curriculum will also include choice of either French or Spanish, along with the choice of two years of Latin; earth and life science; and studio art, drama, bell choir, chorus, or orchestra. In th and th grade, you may have the opportunity to choose among Discovery Classes designed to pique your interests or strengthen your passions. Students may also take advanced mathematics. Middle School projects such as the Writer’s Workshop, Living Wax Museum, Dream Speeches, and the Poetry Festival enhance reading, writing, and public-speaking skills. All students receive a Tablet PC, which allows them to electronically access much of their course content. The campus also provides wireless network access and One-Click classrooms. Computer use is fully integrated into the curriculum, allowing students to constantly refine and expand their technology skills. Most importantly, students use technology to build their understanding of complex academic concepts, particularly in math and science. By educating the whole child, we help adolescents express their individuality and teach them to relate to peers and adults in constructive ways. Teachers act as trusted guides, athletic coaches, and cocurricular advisors. They help students sort out complicated developmental questions that can be so confusing to adolescents. Our rich program of cocurricular activities also helps foster character development. Students can participate in intramural and interscholastic sports such as soccer, track, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, and tennis, as well as softball, field hockey, and volleyball (for girls). Other cocurricular activities and clubs include student leadership opportunities, our Middle School play/musical, our community-service organization, and the literary magazine. Whether in arts, athletics, or academics, our Middle School students cultivate their emerging interests with the support of a wise and watchful community.

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“I like being in the Middle School because I learn something new every day. The teachers are really into teaching their courses. And my classmates are super smart – I enjoy that challenge.” – David Lysenko ’


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Middle School Curriculum

GRADE 6 GRADE 7

English

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Heroes and Antiheroes People and the Environment The Courage of Our Convictions

Social Studies Creating Cultures: Cultural Connections: Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Traditional Worlds and Ancient Greece of China and Africa

American Freedom

Math

Math  Advanced Math 

Math  Math  Advanced Math  Advanced Math  Hyper Math Hyper Math

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Science  Microscopic World

Environmental Life Science

Earth Science

Latin Latin  (optional) Latin  (optional) Latin  – Advanced Modern Language French  French: Middle School  French: Middle School  Spanish  Spanish: Middle School  Spanish: Middle School  Spanish: Middle School  Spanish: Middle School  – Advanced – Advanced Visual Arts

Studio Art 

Theater Arts

Studio Art 

Studio Art 

Drama 7

Drama 8

Music Arts Music  Middle School Chorus Middle School Chorus Middle School Orchestra Middle School Orchestra Middle School Orchestra Individual Music Lessons Individual Music Lessons Individual Music Lessons Bell Choir Health and Physical Health and Physical Health and Physical Health and Physical Education Education  Education  Education  Additional Programs Reading Lab  Academic Skills Academic Skills Organization Lab Organization Lab Discovery Classes: Discovery Classes: West African Drumming, West African Drumming, Singing and Dancing Singing and Dancing Show Choir Show Choir Ceramics Studio Art SAGE (Peer Group Mentoring) Collaborative Digital Media

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“We’re very pleased with our cluster system, which allows Middle School students to see subjects through an interdisciplinary approach, thereby allowing them to develop skills across the curriculum.” – Elizabeth Traub, Middle School Dean


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Growing Intellectually

In classes with an average enrollment of  students, our Upper School students receive the attention they need to prepare for college. Their core courses in the humanities will include English, history, world languages, and fine arts. Throughout the curriculum, we integrate technology so that students discover how to use software to gain a greater understanding of important concepts. Honors and Advanced Placement options are available in most subjects. Courses ranging from Masters of Modernism, to Issues in American Law, to Discrete Mathematics, to Bioethics offer rich opportunities for intellectual growth and exploration. A student’s advisor working closely with the grade-level deans help ensure that the best choices are made and that academic goals are met. After two years of required courses, students can assume more autonomy, directing their own interests and abilities with continued close advising. As a Dwight-Englewood School student, you will occasionally be able to select one-on-one classes and pursue independent study with a faculty member or with mentors who are distinguished in their professional careers. Your academic experience may culminate with Senior Focus, a fullyear thesis program that requires research, fieldwork, a portfolio, and an academic presentation. Sample topics that students have explored include the following: Role of the Roman Catholic Church in Contemporary Spanish Politics; Effect of Ginseng in Treating Pediatric AIDS; and Authenticity of Authorship in Shakespeare’s Body of Work. We always encourage students to integrate knowledge from many different and sometimes surprising sources, directing them toward a path of lifelong learning. An ethics component is integrated into many of our courses, along with a dedicated ethics seminar in the sophomore year. Community service required throughout the Upper School and small-group advising also offer opportunities for students to explore and refine personal values. Dwight-Englewood School simulates an environment students will encounter as adults. Learning is a never-ending process characterized by inquiry, discussion, and openness to other viewpoints. Our graduates develop an authentic voice and a record of achievement that gives them the confidence to excel in college and beyond. Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“At Dwight-Englewood School, English and history courses helped develop my critical-thinking and organizational skills. I learned how to achieve a good balance between school life and life outside school.” – Chad Sitgraves ’, Stanford University


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Grade  Curriculum

Grade  Curriculum

English The Quest, The Quest – Honors, Creative Writing, Journalism, Public Speaking, Learning to Read Old English, including Beowulf

English American Literature: Choices & Voices, American Literature – Honors, Creative Writing, Journalism, Public Speaking, Learning to Read Old English, including Beowulf

History Ancient & Medieval World, Ancient & Medieval World – Honors

History Modern World History, Modern European History AP, A Brief History of God, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics

Math Integrated Mathematics with Modeling , Integrated Mathematics with Modeling  – Honors, Applied Topics in Computing, Advanced Math Science Integrated Biology and Chemistry , Integrated Biology and Chemistry  – Honors, Advanced Independent Research Seminar (AIRS) Computer Science Applied Topics in Computing Latin Latin: Level , Latin: Level , Latin Level  – Honors, Latin: Level , Latin: Level  – Honors Modern Language French: Level , French: Level , French: Level  – Honors Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level  – Honors, Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level  – Honors Visual Arts Studio Art : Foundations of Art and Design Theater Arts Introduction to Acting, Mime, Movement, and Physical Theater, Scene Study for the Actor, Improvisation, Technical Theater Arts, The Spoken Word: Speaking vs. Acting Music Arts Hand Bell Choir, Chorus, Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Performance Workshop, Stage Band, Inside Music: Composers, Compositions and Their Place in History, Music Theory: Rhythm, Sight-Singing and Dictation, D-E Guitar Ensemble Health and Physical Education Health , Physical Education  Additional Requirements Essential Skills for the 21st Century, Community Service Additional Programs Literary Skills, Expository Writing, Academic Skills, Instrumental and Voice Private Lessons, Salamanca D-E in Spain, Student Activities, Student Publications, Athletics

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Math Integrated Mathematics with Modeling , Integrated Mathematics with Modeling  – Honors, Plane Geometry, Applied Technology and Engineering, Fundamentals of Finance, Calculus AB AP, Calculus BC AP Science Integrated Biology and Chemistry , Integrated Biology and Chemistry  – Honors, Advanced Independent Research Seminar (AIRS) Computer Science Programming , Programming , Computer Science AP Latin Latin: Level , Latin: Level , Latin Level  – Honors, Latin: Level , Latin: Level  – Honors Modern Language French: Level , French: Level , French: Level  – Honors, French: Level , French: Level  – Honors, History of French Cinema, Literature of the Francophone World, French Conversation, Literature of the Francophone World 2, French through the Cinema, Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level  – Honors, Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level  – Honors, Spanish: Level  – Honors Language, Spanish: Level  – Honors Literature, Spanish: Hispanic Studies Spain, Spanish and Latin American Literature, Spanish Conversation, Spanish: Hispanic Studies Latin America, Foreign Films in Spanish, Learning Spanish through Film Making, Introduction to Philosophy in Spanish Visual Arts Studio Art : Foundations of Art and Design. Innovative Design , Ceramics , Studio Art , Advanced Study in Art and Design, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Architectural Drawing and Design, Photography – Video Production ,Video Production , Photography , Ceramics  Theater Arts Introduction to Acting, Mime, Movement and Physical Theater, Scene Study for the Actor, Improvisation, Theater: Culture, Times, & Places, Writing for the Stage, Technical Theater Arts, The Spoken Word: Speaking vs. Acting, Collaborative Theater Workshop, Techniques of Acting, Styles of Acting, Directing for the Stage, Theater: Culture, Times and Places Music Arts Hand bell Choir, Chorus, Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Performance Workshop, Stage Band, Inside Music: Composers, Compositions, and their Place in History, Jazz: The American Music, Music Theory: Rhythm, Sight Singing and Dictation, D-E Guitar Ensemble Health and Physical Education Health , Physical Education  Additional Requirements Community Service, Foundations in Ethics Additional Programs Literary Skills, Expository Writing, Instrumental and Voice Lessons, Arts Independent Study, Salamanca D-E in Spain, Student Activities, Student Publications, Athletics

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Grade  Curriculum

English America in the Civil Rights Era, Gender and Identity, Gothic Literature, Latin American Literature, Literary Humor/Satire, Literary Romance, Looking East, Looking West, Shakespeare Tragedies, Theater in America, Ties That Bind, Welcome to the st Century, America in the Vietnam Era, America Post /, The American South, Creative Writing, Ethnicity, Class and Gender (double section with History), The Harlem Renaissance, Learning an Author, Literature and Film, The Postcolonial Experience, Myth and Memory, Understanding India, AP English Literature (full year), Journalism (minor) and Public Speaking (minor) History American Industry and War  – , American Industry and War:  – Present, The U.S. and the World: Revolution – , The U.S. and the World:  – Present, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender: Colonial Times – , Ethnicity, Class, and Gender:  – Present (double section with English), The American Presidency:  –  (offered -), The American Presidency:  – Present (offered -), History of New York City: Colonial Era –  (offered -), History of New York City:  - Present (offered -), America in the Civil Rights Era (English or History credit), America in the Vietnam Years (English or History credit), U.S. Government: History, Structure and Criticism, Looking East, Looking West: Modern Japanese Culture (English or History credit), Latin American History: Pre-Columbian – , Comparative History of the U.S. and South Africa, Hollywood History, U.S. History AP, Twentieth Century World History – Honors, Psychology, Art History AP, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, A Brief History of God, Conspiracies in American History  (minor), Conspiracies in American History  (minor), Issues in Public Policy Seminar (minor) Ethics Introduction to Western Philosophy, Introduction to Eastern Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy in Spanish, Bioethics Math Math , Math - Honors, Plane Geometry, Discrete Math, Introduction to Statistics, Fundamentals of Finance, Precalculus (Honors), Calculus AB AP, Calculus BC AP, Multivariable Calculus – Honors, Nonlinear Dynamics Science Brain & Behavior, Physics, Engineering, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Honors Physics, Biology AP, Chemistry AP, Environmental Science AP, Advanced Independent Research Seminar (AIRS)

Computer Science Programming , Programming , Computer Science AP, Advanced Topics in Computing: D Graphics and Animation Latin and Greek Latin: Level , Latin: Level , Latin: Level  – Honors, Latin: Level , Latin: Level  – Honors, Latin: Level  Epic AP, Latin: Level , Greek: One, Myth and Memory: The Origin and Impact of Classical Mythology, Subversion and Dissent: Ancient and Modern Modern Language French: Level , Accelerated Beginning French, French: Level , French: Level  – Honors, French: Level , French: Level  – Honors, French: Level  – Honors, Literature of the Francophone World, French Conversation, Literature of the Francophone World , French through the Cinema Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level  – Honors, Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level  – Honors, Spanish: Level  Language – Honors, Spanish: Level  Literature – Honors, Spanish: Level  Literature AP, Spanish: Level  Language – AP, Spanish: Hispanic Studies, Spain, Spanish and Latin American Literature, Spanish Conversation, Spanish: Hispanic Studies, Latin America, Foreign Films in Spanish, Learning Spanish through Film Making, Introduction to Philosophy in Spanish Visual Arts Studio Art : 2D, Studio Art : 3D, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Innovative Design , Architectural Drawing and Design, Photography , Video Production , Ceramics 2, Printmaking, Non-Western Art History Survey, Modern Art History: 1900-Present, Arts Independent Study Theater Arts Introduction to Acting, Mime, Movement, and Physical Theater, Directing for the Stage, Scene Study for the Actor, Improvisation, Theater: Culture, Times, & Place, Writing for the Stage, Technical Theater Arts, Theater Production Credit, The Spoken Word: Speaking vs. Acting, Collaborative Theater Workshop, Techniques of Acting, Styles of Acting Music Arts Hand bell Choir, Chorus, Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Performance Workshop, Stage Band, Inside Music: Composers, Compositions, and their place in History, Jazz: The American Music, Instrumental and Voice Lessons, Music Theory: Rhythm, Sight-Singing and Dictation, D-E Guitar Ensemble, Arts Independent Study Health and Physical Education Physical Education  Additional Requirements College Knowledge, Community Service Additional Programs Peer Mentoring: Supporting Adolescent Group Experiences (SAGE), Departmental Independent Study

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“It’s the connections that students make with faculty in–and out–of class that makes for a richer learning experience here.” – Erin Rafferty, Upper School Dean


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Grade  Curriculum

English America in the Civil Rights Era, Gender and Identity, Gothic Literature, Latin American Literature, Literary Humor/Satire, Literary Romance, Looking East, Looking West, Shakespeare Tragedies, Theater in America, Ties That Bind, Welcome to the st Century, America in the Vietnam Era, America Post /, The American South, Creative Writing, Ethnicity, Class and Gender (double section with History), The Harlem Renaissance, Learning an Author, Literature and Film,The Postcolonial Experience, Myth and Memory, Understanding India, AP English Literature (full year), Journalism (minor) and Public Speaking (minor) History American Industry and War  – , American Industry and War:  – Present, The U.S. and the World: Revolution – , The U.S. and the World:  – Present, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender: Colonial Times – , Ethnicity, Class, and Gender:  – Present (double section with English), The American Presidency:  –  (offered -), The American Presidency:  – Present (offered -), History of New York City: Colonial Era –  (offered -), History of New York City:  - Present (offered -), America in the Civil Rights Era (English or History credit), America in the Vietnam Years (English or History credit), Issues in the American Law, U.S. Government: History, Structure and Criticism, Looking East, Looking West: Modern Japanese Culture (English or History credit), Latin American History: Pre-Columbian – , Comparative History of the U.S. and South Africa, Hollywood History, US History AP, Twentieth Century World History – Honors, Psychology, Art History AP, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, A Brief History of God, Conspiracies in American History  (minor), Conspiracies in American History  (minor), Issues in Public Policy Seminar (minor) Ethics Introduction to Western Philosophy, Introduction to Eastern Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy in Spanish, Bioethics Math Plane Geometry, Discrete Mathematics, The Practice of Statistics, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus, Fundamentals of Finance, Statistics AP, Calculus AB AP, Calculus BC AP, Multivariable Calculus – Honors, Non-linear Dynamics – Honors Science Brain & Behavior, Physics, Engineering, Forensic Science, Environmental Science, Organic Chemistry, Physics, Bioethics, Brain and Behavior, Engineering, Environmental Science, Honors Physics, Biology AP, Chemistry AP, Physics AP, Environmental Science AP

Computer Science Programming , Programming , Computer Science AP, Advanced Topics in Computing: D Graphics and Animation Latin and Greek Latin: Level , Latin: Level  – Honors, Latin: Level  Epic AP, Latin: Level , Greek: One, Myth and Memory: The Origin and Impact of Classical Mythology, Subversion and Dissent: Ancient and Modern Modern Language French: Level , French: Level  – Honors, French: Level  – Honors, French: Level  Language AP, Literature of the Francophone World, French Conversation, Literature of the Francophone World , French through the Cinema Spanish: Level , Spanish: Level  – Honors, Spanish: Level  Language – Honors, Spanish: Level  Literature – Honors, Spanish: Level  Literature AP, Spanish: Level  Language – AP, Spanish: Hispanic Studies, Spain, Spanish and Latin American Literature, Spanish Conversation, Spanish: Hispanic Studies, Latin America, Foreign Films in Spanish, Learning Spanish through Film Making, Introduction to Philosophy in Spanish Visual Arts Studio Art : 2D, Studio Art : 3D, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, Innovative Design , Architectural Drawing and Design, Photography , Video Production , Ceramics 2, Printmaking, Non-Western Art History Survey, Modern Art History: 1900-Present, Arts Independent Study Theater Arts Introduction to Acting, Mime, Movement, and Physical Theater, Directing for the Stage, Scene Study for the Actor, Improvisation, Theater: Culture, Times, & Place, Writing for the Stage, Technical Theater Arts, Theater Production Credit, The Spoken Word: Speaking vs. Acting, Collaborative Theater Workshop, Techniques of Acting, Styles of Acting Music Arts Hand bell Choir, Chorus, Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles, Jazz Performance Workshop, Stage Band, Inside Music: Composers, Compositions, and their place in History, Jazz: The American Music, Instrumental and Voice Lessons, Music Theory: Rhythm, Sight-Singing and Dictation, D-E Guitar Ensemble, Arts Independent Study Health and Physical Education Physical Education  Additional Requirements Community Service Additional Programs Peer Mentoring: Supporting Adolescent Group Experiences (SAGE), Departmental Independent Study, Senior Focus Honors

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“We believe that high school students learn best when they can express some choice in their classes. We foster a culture that engages students regularly.” – Joseph Algrant, Upper School Principal


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Placing the Arts Center Stage

A structured involvement in the arts unleashes the kind of creativity that can invigorate one’s entire learning experience. Studying the arts can also help a student grasp mathematical and visual concepts, develop critical literacy, and see patterns across academic disciplines. At Dwight-Englewood School, the arts play an important role from prekindergarten through grade twelve. All Lower School students learn how to listen to and create music. One activity that defines the Lower School experience is the Creating Original Opera program, in which all fifth-graders participate. Additionally, our studio-art program offers children the opportunity to explore many forms of visual art. Students work from both their own imagination and direct observation. By starting out early in life making art, our students ignite a lifelong love for the arts. At the Middle School level, drama, music, and studio art challenge students to become confident and imaginative innovators. This growth continues in the Upper School, where a program such as Jazz Rock helps aspiring singers and musicians select the right composition to showcase their talents. In the Upper School, students can choose from courses in studio art, sculpture, ceramics, and photography/video production; theater courses that explore acting technique, writing for the stage, production, and the technical arts; and music courses in orchestra and chamber ensembles, chorus, stage band, or handbell choir. One of the most exciting aspects of Dwight-Englewood’s arts program is that so many of our instructors boast significant professional experience. Many are active on Broadway, play in musical ensembles, or pursue visual-arts careers. By sharing their real-world experience with students, our teachers serve to inspire and to prepare a new guard made up both of people who make art and those who deeply appreciate it.

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“The greatest thing about Dwight-Englewood School is that students can discover their passions and thrive in more than one area.” – Matthew Schukis, Middle and Upper School Music Teacher and Varsity Softball Coach


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Honoring the Scholar-Athlete

The spirit of the scholar-athlete—those students who are equally achieving in academics and athletics—permeates our school culture. Our coaches, most of whom are academic faculty, help students become strong team players and effective leaders—both on the field and in the classroom. In this way, students develop character as much as physical skill. We teach the concept of good sportsmanship beginning in the Lower School, where young students develop gross motor skills and third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders enjoy co-ed intramural soccer, basketball, and baseball games. In the Middle School, in addition to a variety of sports, we introduce interscholastic competition. Physical education in the Upper School includes four years of coursework in lifetime fitness and two years of health. Sports at the Middle and Upper School include the following:

Boys Girls Baseball Basketball Basketball Cross-Country Cross-Country Field Hockey Football Golf Golf Lacrosse Lacrosse Soccer Soccer Softball Tennis     Tennis Touch/Flag Football*   Track Track    Volleyball   

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

“The coaching staff is amazing; they make you not only a better player but also a better leader.” – Ben Feldberg ’, Franklin & Marshall College

*Middle School only


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Learning Beyond the Classroom

Activities

The School offers an extensive variety of cocurricular activities in such areas as student leadership, publications, the arts, interscholastic athletics, special interest clubs, and volunteer work. These activities complement the academic program and serve to enrich student life at DwightEnglewood School, and we urge all students to take part in those areas that are of interest. Students try out for athletic teams; membership in clubs is open to all students. New activities are constantly being formed and others dropped in response to student interest.

Animé Club AIDS Awareness Amnesty International Animal Rights Club Bergen County Math League Book Club Chamber Music Chemistry Olympics CODES (Community Outreach of Dwight-Englewood School) Comedy Club Cultural Diversity Dance Club DDIP (Discussion and Debate of Philosophy and Ideas) Debate DEADD (Dwight-Englewood Against Destructive Decisions) DEFAC (Dwight-Englewood Fight Against Cancer) Dinner Theatre Dwight Mix (co-ed a cappella) Environmental Awareness Club Fall Play Fencing Film Club Financial Club GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) Guitar Ensemble Help the Special Olympics JADE ( Jewish Awareness at D-E) Jazz Rock JSA (Jr. Statesmen of America) Juggling Club Korean Culture Club

The habit of cocurricular involvement begins in the Lower School, where students engage in intramural sports, beginning in third grade, as well as in a third-through-fifth grade chorus and string program. Lower School children at all grade levels may also engage in enrichment classes through D-E Explorers, an after-school program. In Middle School, cocurricular activities include Continental Math League, Cultural Diversity Club, Debate Club, Drawing Club, Environmental Action Club, Makers of Tomorrow (a community-service organization), The Dwightee (Middle School newspaper), Middle School Play/Musical, Science Club, Stage Crew, and Student Leadership. In the Upper School, the cocurricular opportunities expand exponentially (see facing page). Upper School students may also elect to take advantage of learning experiences in Europe and Asia. Many D-E students have spent a month studying at the University of Salamanca in Spain, whereas others have participated in School trips to France, Italy and India. We are dedicated to providing an environment that promotes learning in diverse ways about a complex, dynamic world. We view cocurricular involvement as opportunities for students to grow personally and develop critical leadership skills. In the structure of our Upper School schedule, we allow students to choose to be engaged in many areas of interest such as the following:

“Through my participation in service activities like AIDS Awareness, I knew I was growing in my own personal leadership skills while contributing to the greater community beyond Dwight-Englewood.” – Julia Schneider ’, University of Chicago

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MAGIC (Michael Andrew Glowski Intramural Competition) Martial Arts Middle School Debate Middle School Theatrical Production MODE (Musicians of Dwight-Englewood) Model U.N. Nature Sanctuary Ping Pong Club Prom Committee Promotional Arts Society Robotics Club Science and Society String Jam Student Government (US) Student Leadership Council (MS) Student Technology Assistants Teens Talk About Racism Theatrical and Stage Technicians Tour Guides Treblemakers (female a cappella) Ultimate Frisbee Voice Male (male a cappella) Winter Musical Woodwind Ensemble Student Publications Carpe Diem Focal Point Spectrum Open Roads Parnassus Theatre Fare Calliope The Flea

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.


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Beyond Dwight-Englewood School

Sample List of College Matriculation

With nearly , graduates living in the United States and abroad, what distinguishes our alumni is their sense of community and caring, along with the strong work ethic they bring to their endeavors. Many graduates are leaders in their fields. In addition to an Olympic athlete and a former U.S. Secretary of State, our alumni include broadcast executives and Broadway producers, foundation and museum directors, economists and college professors, writers and editors, actors and singers, as well as physicians and surgeons.

Amherst College Bard College Barnard College Boston College Boston University Bowdoin College Brown University Bryn Mawr College Bucknell University California Institute of Technology Carleton College Carnegie Mellon University Colgate University Columbia University Cornell University Dartmouth College Emory University Fordham University Franklin & Marshall College George Washington University Georgetown University Harvard University Johns Hopkins University Lehigh University Maryland Institute College of Art Middlebury College Muhlenberg College New York University

One thread that runs through the Dwight-Englewood School educational experience is the importance of giving back to the community over one’s lifetime. Many of our graduates work with their communities to help bring about change in the lives of others. Isaac-Davy Aronson ’98, writer and radio broadcaster, host on New York Public Radio Daniel Baker ’, M.D., plastic surgeon Peter Balakian ’, author and university professor Anthony Bourdain ’, chef, author, and television personality Jeff Bushell ’, writer and co-producer, Beverly Hills Chihuahua Dick Button ’, Olympic athlete, Broadway producer and figure-skating television commentator Lucy Fisher ’, film producer Danny Forster ’, host of Discovery Channel’s Extreme Engineering Charles Giancarlo ’, former Cisco Systems chief development officer Lesley Gore ’, singer Michael Gore ’9, American song writer, Oscar winner for the original score for Fame Andrew Jaffe ’, astrophysicist Susan Henshaw Jones ’, director of the Museum of the City of New York Michael Kazin ’, historian and university professor Michael Klein ’, former Citigroup chairman and co-chief executive officer, Citi Markets & Banking Lawrence Kudlow ’, economist and talk-show host, former Presidential economic advisor Jay Lesenger ’, opera stage director Tracey Maclin ’, university professor of law Katharine McKenna ’, painter Jesse Mills ’, Grammy Award winning violinist Lisa Diaz Nash ’, CEO of Blue Planet Run Foundation Karen Orzolek ’, lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Sabrina Peck ’, choreographer Harumi Rhodes ’, violinist and founding member of Trio Cavatina, winner of  Naumburg

Northeastern University Northwestern University Oberlin College Pomona College Pratt Institute Princeton University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rhode Island School of Design Rice University Rutgers University Spelman College Stanford University Swarthmore College Syracuse University Tufts University Union College University of Chicago University of Michigan University of Pennsylvania University of Southern California University of Virginia University of Wisconsin Vassar College Villanova University Washington University Wesleyan University Williams College Yale University

Dwight-Englewood School is an independent preschool through grade 12 day school committed to academic excellence.

Award for Chamber Music

Wendy Gordon Rockefeller ’, philanthropist Brooke Shields ’, model and actress George P. Shultz ’, former U.S. Secretary of State Mira Sorvino ’, actress Cyma Zarghami ’, president of Nickelodeon and MTV Networks Kids and Family Groups

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“At Dwight-Englewood, I was allowed to cultivate my passion for science and invention and to reach for things that many others thought would be impossible. I learned that nothing was impossible.” – Charles Giancarlo ’, former Chief Development Officer, Cisco Systems


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Dwight-Englewood School is a non-profit corporation accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Dwight-Englewood does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in its admissions or employment, or in the administration of any of its programs.


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