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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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All academics are strong at Dalton. The history department has a reputation for giving the most amount of work, and I feel that has prepared me best for my studies at college. Dalton has an incredibly strong arts program, with an entire floor dedicated to fine arts, an amazing dance studio, and an active theater. Dalton also offers a very strong computer science department. The Dalton Plan is unique- students have several free periods a day, which they are encouraged to use to meet with teachers, not just for extra help but also for learning enrichment. This was very important to my learning experience. All classes were small (17 students max) and discussion-based. Teachers were always available to students, and many came in before school and stayed late. Class size was small. The weekly workload was heavy, but students could use their free periods to get ahead. Extra help was easily available to students on a regular basis or to help with a particularly difficult assignment.

College Counseling

I first compiled a list of colleges with my counselor after winter break of junior....

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

I took the ISEE. My highest score was an 8 and my lowest was a....

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

There are many Dalton traditions, such as arch day, when students officially enter the next grade. Dalton students love Dalton and are extremely committed to contributing to the community however they can. There is always high attendance at school performances. There is strong support from advisors, whether you need academic or personal guidance. ...

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