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Dalton School

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108 East 89th Street New York NY 10128 United States
K to 12th


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Dalton School is very strong in humanities and writing skills, history, English, Latin. Small class sizes, individual attention, and teaching to the needs of the individual. Very accessible faculty, students are sometimes required to get to know the faculty outside of class--great preparation for knocking on professors' doors in college. The faculty are at once experts in their fields and committed to teaching every student. In general they are very personable in addition to being extremely intelligent. Work load is not too bad, though somewhat demanding, nothing compared to college. Academics definitely does not emphasize exams only, though these are certainly important. There are lots of tests, but every 2 weeks or so, so each one isn't too important or covering too much material.

College Counseling

Overall college counseling at Dalton was a bit of a nuisance, though not much of....

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

What test: ISEE? I got in in kindergarden so this wasn't too applicable...Well-rounded individuals. Interview....

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

No housing, cafeteria is excellent, even compared to Princeton's food! neighborhood is extremely safe, facilities are excellent, top-notch academically, but the athletic facilities are somewhat lacking given that it is located right in new york city. social events are a down-side, lots of parties on the weekend, drinking, etc. student body gets more diverse in the high-school, but there are mostly extremely wealthy new yorkers. neighborhood is somewhat upscale, but nice and a good place for a school....

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