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Dalton School

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108 East 89th Street New York NY 10128 United States
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Dalton prepared me very well for Harvard - the math department is phenomenal and offers courses beyond the AP level, the science department is similarly strong and boasts numerous Intel and other prize winners; the English department is not quite up to par with the others, but the history department picks up the slack on the humanities side and is comprised largely of PhD teachers. The student body is very collegial and competition is not extensive because students know top colleges will take numerous students from each class year. Overall, I feel very prepared for Harvard based on my experience at Dalton.

College Counseling

My advisor played a pivotal role in the college application process, and consistently provided good....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Many students are accepted in kindergarten, so I cannot speak to that process or how....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

Student life was great at Dalton. Because of the lack of stifling competition, students made lifelong friendships, and many of my friends from Dalton are still my best friends today. The school is very liberal, but I think that is the norm in the New York City prep school community. The socioeconomic background is diversifying, similarly to most elite colleges, as Dalton has made a concerted effort to recruit diverse candidates from around the city. The school is still predominantly composed of Upper East and Upper West Side wealthy families, but it is definitely changing with the times. Facilities at....

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