Welcome from the Head of School

As both an alumna and the Head of School, I am delighted to welcome you to our web site and provide a brief introduction to The Dalton School. 

The Dalton School is an independent, co-educational day school (K-12), founded in 1919 by the renowned progressive educator Helen Parkhurst. Parkhurst’s visionary Dalton Plan remains the keystone of the school’s progressive educational philosophy and is now the model for over 200 Dalton schools in other parts of the world.

Dalton is recognized for its rigorous, innovative educational curriculum and offers its 1,300 students a breadth of stimulating and challenging programs taught by our dedicated faculty. Our high academic standards are complemented by an exemplary performing and fine arts curriculum – taught by faculty who are professionals in their fields – and a full range of athletic teams and extra-curricular activities.

The school’s First Program (K-3) occupies four adjoining townhouses on East 91st Street in New York City. Middle and High School students attend classes nearby in our schoolhouse on East 89th Street. Indoor physical education for Middle and High School students is provided in our state-of-the-art facility on East 87th Street.

The Dalton School is committed to providing an excellent education that meets each student’s interests, abilities, and needs and promotes an appreciation for diversity in our community as an integral part of school life. Dalton challenges each student to develop intellectual independence, creativity and curiosity and a sense of responsibility toward others both within the School and in the community at large. Dalton continues to reaffirm the ethical and moral development of its students, and lively discussions focusing on values evolve naturally from our curriculum. Guided by the Dalton Plan, the School well prepares students to “go forth unafraid” not only as academically strong graduates, but also as informed, intuitive, and responsible social citizens.

I hope our website conveys the warmth and enthusiasm of our dynamic community of students, teachers, staff, parents and alumni and the unparalleled curriculum and learning environment that we at Dalton are proud to offer.

Ellen Cohen Stein ’65
Head of School