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International Leaders Today

The Dwight School’s Strategic Plan: 2005-2012 Abridged Version Update February 2009

Every student has a “spark of genius�, and our goal is to nurture that potential. Kindling their interests, we strive to develop inquisitive, informed, and ethical students who, with a sense of global kinship, will take action to build a better world.

Dwight is an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School that embodies the following ten Learner Profile characteristics: Inquirers Knowledgeable Thinkers Communicators Risk-takers Principled Caring Open-minded Balanced Reflective

The Dwight School’s Strategic Plan

Contents 3 Educational Program 5 Faculty and Staff 7 Student Character and Community 9 Finance and Fundraising 11 Communications and Constituency Relations 13 Admissions, Financial Aid, and College Placement 15 Plant and Facilities

The Dwight School’s Strategic Plan A History of The Dwight, Franklin, and Anglo-American Schools


Educational Program Goal: Develop inquiring, knowledgeable, caring and disciplined young people who use their unique talents to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Dr. Julius Sachs (brother of Samuel Sachs a partner in the international banking firm of Goldman, Sachs & Company) opens the Franklin School on 34th Street and

Objective Number One: Refine process of continuous review of the curriculum and assessment methods in order to enhance the new knowledge and critical thinking skills necessary for our students to become global leaders and citizens.

Broadway within the Sachs Collegiate Institute.

1874 The Franklin School

Objective Number Two: Prepare students for living and leading in a global society by expanding access, education, and practice in the uses of tools of current and emerging technology. Objective Number Three: Provide all students with increased opportunities for artistic expression. Objective Number Four: Continue to expand our athletic and physical education program, which integrates mind, body, and spirit and is characterized by participation, personal fitness, and competitive team play. Objective Number Five: Expand the opportunities to master a foreign language and explore a foreign culture. Objective Number Six: Foster innovation in the Sciences and incorporate best practices internationally into Mathematics. Objective Number Seven: Cultivate international-mindedness and the search for solutions to global challenges.

moves to 45th Street and Sixth Avenue.

1876 The growing Franklin School relocates again to 49th Street and Seventh Avenue and for the first time occupies a whole building.

1880 The New York School of Languages is founded on 15 West 43rd Street as an academy of classical studies.

1882 Franklin School moves to 38 West 59th Street.

1888 The New York School of Languages is renamed in honor of Timothy Dwight, President of Yale University because many of the staunchest friends of the School are Yale Alumni.

1895 Dwight moves to 15


West 43rd Street.

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Faculty and Staff

1896 Dwight becomes part of the New York Preparatory School, whose principal is

Goal: Recruit, develop and retain a core faculty and staff with the personal qualities, skills and expertise to ignite and foster the spark of genius within each student.

Emil E. Camerer.

1898 The first issue of Red and Blue, the

Objective Number One: Continue to increase faculty opportunities to enhance their instructional practices and increase student learning. Objective Number Two: Continue to foster leadership and a collaborative culture across faculty.

Franklin School magazine, is published. Its name changed to The Franklin Press in 1955.

1901 Dr. Sachs is ap-

Objective Number Three: Continue to ensure competitive, flexible compensation and benefit packages for faculty commensurate with responsibilities, performance, and commitment to the School.

pointed Professor of Education at Columbia University and is succeeded by Dr. Otto Koenig, who makes Franklin well known among the leading colleges for men.

1904 Dwight wins the Interscholastic Athletic Association League championship in football.

1912 Franklin changes location for the final time to 18 West 89th Street.

1915 Franklin Students raise $414,000 for the WWI Liberty Loan Drive surpassing the $100,000 quota set for private schools.


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Student Character and Community

1916 Dwight moves for the fourth time to 72 Park Avenue between 38th and 39th

Goal: Develop leadership skills among all students and involve everyone in building a better Dwight community.

streets to accommodate its growth.


Objective Number One: Develop a comprehensive leadership training program for all Dwight students. Objective Number Two: Expand the scope and nature of the School community’s education and training regarding honor and the development of moral character. Objective Number Three: Refine process that allows for a smooth transition of new students into the School.

In June 1932, Dr. Koenig retires and faculty members Clifford W Hall and David P. Berenberg become headmasters at the Franklin School.

1933 Franklin School establishes a student council.

1941 Full-day kindergarten tuition at Franklin is $150 per year. Junior and Senior tuition reaches $600.

1951 Franklin School becomes co-educational.

1952 Dwight has a swim team for one year. It is resurrected from 1978-1982.

1953 Dwight moves for the fifth time to 402 East 67th Street between First and York Avenues. The new campus includes a bowling alley.


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1960 Dwight starts the

Finance and Fundraising

Committee on Student Honor.


Goal: Ensure sufficient, well-managed resources to support and advance the mission of The Dwight School and its Woodside Preschool.

The Dwight School becomes Co-educational.


Objective Number One: Increase funding for student financial aid, faculty professional development, and other enrichment items.

After 20 years as Headmaster of The Dwight School, Winton Miller retires. Stephen Spahn becomes Chancellor

Objective Number Two: Increase funds available for the capital project needs of The Dwight School and ensure stable financial support during all economic conditions.

the following fall.

1968 The brownstone on 88th Street is converted for Franklin school use.

1972 Chancellor Spahn and Sir Maurice Bowra, Warden of Wadham College at Oxford University founds The Woodside Park School in London. Dwight becomes the first independent school in the United States to establish a permanent international campus.

1974 Dwight merges with the Bentley School to add elementary and middle school programs.

1976 The Dwight Girls Volleyball team achieves its first winning season.


The Dwight School’s Strategic Plan 1980 Under Dr. Paul Beresford Hill’s Leadership, Franklin

Communications and Constituency Relations

adopts the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and changes its name to the Anglo-American School.

Goal: Build Dwight’s reputation as one of the preeminent international schools in the world and increase the quality of communication between parents, teachers, students, and alumni.

The Anglo-American Boys Varsity Basketball Team holds first place in the ACIS League, averaging 68 points per game.

Objective Number One: Provide parents with informative events, materials, and other resources and guide them to meaningful volunteer and social opportunities.

1993 Dwight merges with Anglo-American and relocates to 18 West

Objective Number Two: Provide alumni with meaningful opportunities to participate in programs that connect them to the School and build a stronger alumni network. Objective Number Three: Continue to refine publications, online forums, and other outreach vehicles.

89th Street and acquires additional space in 291 Central Park West.

1998 Dwight becomes the first school in North America to offer all

Objective Number Four: Continue to use campus hallways to enhance communication with internal and external audiences.

three International Baccalaureate programs – PYP, MYP, DP – to students in grades K-12.

1999 The Dwight Girls Varsity Basketball has a stellar season, placing first in the ACIS League and second in the GISAL League. In addition, they are First Place GISAL Champions and New York Federation State Champions.

2001 Chancellor Spahn founds the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL), a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire and train the next generation of civic leaders to become active and engaged citizens.

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2004 The Dwight Franklin Anglo-American

Admissions, Financial Aid, and College Placement

Association (DFAA) celebrates its first Reunion Day for alumni.


Goal: Maintain a dynamic and vibrant School population that supports the ideals of the International Baccalaureate programs both at Dwight and beyond.

Former Dwight coaches and Dwight alumnae represent the United States in fencing at the 2004 Summer Olympic

Objective Number One: Maintain a strong, qualified, and diverse applicant pool that supports the values of the IB.


2005 With the opening of Woodside Pre-

Objective Number Two: Add one section of up to 18 students in grades 1-5 in order to have two full sections at each grade level and allow for a more balanced progression of students through the School. Objective Number Three: Strengthen links between Dwight and Woodside Preschool.

school on Riverside Boulevard in 2005, Dwight becomes the first school to offer the IB PYP Program ages 2-4.

2005 Dwight’s theater improv troupe receives

Objective Number Four: Develop reserve funds to provide financial assistance to additional returning families during economic downturns.

one of only ten commendations at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the largest theater festival in the world.

Objective Number Five: Provide students with clearer understanding of how college and other options can best serve them in their life journey.

2005 Commencement is held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for the first time.

2006 The Dwight School Foundation’s Board of Trustees expands to 10 members; the School’s Board of Governors expands to include three nonfamily members.

2006 The DFAA Alumni Council is established. Will Betts ’89 becomes its first President.

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The Dwight School’s Strategic Plan 2007 Dwight completes The Quad, the new academic and social hub of the School. The new space

Plant and Facilities

signals more exciting changes ahead for Dwight. The adjoining building at

Goal: Extend, modernize, and reconfigure physical facilities as resources become available to enhance student life, curriculum and programs. Objective Number One: Provide sufficient classrooms and support space to have two sections from grades 1-5. Objective Number Two: Expand and enhance athletic spaces including locker rooms.

22 West 89th Street is acquired in July 2007.

2007 The Boys Varsity Basketball Team wins the ACIS regular season as well as the ACIS Playoff Championship. The Girls Varsity Basketball Team finishes unde-

Objective Number Three: Expand and enhance science and math facilities.

feated in the GISAL

Objective Number Four: Expand and enhance spaces for technology.

titles for the second

Objective Number Five: Expand and enhance spaces for the Arts. Objective Number Six: Expand and enhance spaces for faculty to collaborate and recharge. Objective Number Seven: Expand and enhance spaces for students to eat, socialize, and relax. Objective Number Eight: Incorporate green design elements into the new and renovated spaces, when possible. Objective Number Nine (Long-term): Acquire nearby space to organize a dramatic expansion of athletics by having tennis courts, soccer field/baseball field, and basketball/volleyball facility.

League, captures the post-season straight season, and advances to the ACIS Championship Game.

2008 Paul Cope ’71 becomes the DFAA’s second Alumni Council President.

2008 Dwight holds its first alumni event outside New York City when Richard Dickson ‘86 hosts a reception and behind-the-scenes tour at Mattel and their Design Center in Los Angeles.

2008 The Boys Varsity Soccer Team wins the ACIS League regular season as well as the ACIS Playoff Championships.

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The Dwight School and Dwight School Foundation’s Volunteer Leadership 2008-09 The Dwight School’s Board of Governors Stephen H. Spahn, Chancellor Constance Spahn Blake Spahn ’89 Kirk Spahn ’95 Andrew Chrisomalis Paul Fribourg – Parent ’05, ’07, and ’09 Gary Fuhrman ’79

The Dwight School Foundation’s Board of Trustees Susan Kessler, Chair – Parent ’10 Libby Callaway Andrew Chrisomalis Michael Kalnick Marie Lippman – Parent ’15 Michael MacDougall – Parent ’19 and ’21 David Magier – Parent ’11 and ’12 Alexander Migdal – Parent ’17 Robert Shafir – Parent ’19 Shiv Vasisht ’95 Richard Zinman – Parent ’11 PA President – Ex-Officio Alumni Council – Ex-Officio Development Director – Ex-Officio

The Dwight School Parents Association’s Executive Board

Fiona Imboden, President – Parent ’11 Ann Asciutto, Event Coordinator – Parent ’17 and ’19 Kathy Dillon Goldstein, Secretary – Parent ’10 Sharon Feldman, Communications Liaison – Parent ’16 Elizabeth Gorai, Safety Patrol Coordinator – Parent ’14 and ’19 Stefani Langel, Vice President and Class Rep Coordinator – Parent ’13 and ’17 Elena Rothfeld, Treasurer – Parent ’13

Woodside Preschool Parents Association’s Executive Board Mary Bradley, President – Parent W4s

Dwight, Franklin, and Anglo-American Alumni Council Paula Cope ’71, President William Betts ’89 Amy Dichter ’93 Sibile Morency ’01 Blain Namm ’97 Sarah Power, Anglo ’83 Lara Schriffen ’01 Annie Sigal Medina ’93 William Thomashower, Franklin ’66 Peter Timmins ’90

Additional Volunteers, Consultants, and Advisors

Audrey Zinman, Annual Fund Co-Chair – Parent ’11 Devon Fredericks, Senior Gift Co-Chair – Parent ’09 Liz Schiff, Senior Gift Co-Chair – Parent ’09 and ’10 Susan Kempler, Benefit Co-Chair – Parent ’11 Jane McEvoy-Petrycki, Benefit Co-Chair – Parent ’11 Jennifer O’Neil, Benefit Co-Chair – Woodside – Parent W4s and W2s Barbara Marks, Architect – Parent ’95, ’98, and ’99

The Dwight School Foundation 291 Central Park West New York, NY 10024

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