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Introduction to Serendipity and Encore!
The After School Program at The Dalton School's First Program was initiated approximately 20 years ago.  Today the After School Program spans both campuses and is an integral part of the Dalton experience and a natural extension of the Dalton school day.  It has become a viable and preferred after-hours choice for families; as is evidenced by the enormous growth of the program in breadth and popularity over the years.  After School is a thriving, dynamic, educational enrichment option for all Dalton First Program and Middle School students!

The After School Program has developed into one unified umbrella program with two separate components: Serendipity (K-3) and Encore!(4-8).  The Chess Academy (K-8) and Dalton Language Initiative (K-3) are elements within them. Participation is continually on the increase, reflecting the great level of interest and involvement of Dalton students in after school activities. After School is structured on a semester basis.  Registration takes place twice a year for Fall and Spring semesters.

To view the catalog for Serendipity (k-3), click on the Serendipity link on this page.

To view the catalog for Encore! (4-8), click on the Encore! link, also located on this page.
Philosophy


The After School Program shares a consistent philosophy with The Dalton School. The programs echo the School’s commitment to valuing all dimensions of each child and valuing all disciplines. We actively work to promote a sense of community and responsibility towards others.  Whether achieved through the global reach of our multi-cultural class offerings, or demonstrated through our inter-aged classes which allow older students to serve informally as mentors to younger students, we work to broaden students' experience while we deepen their sense of familiarity. We strive to create a seamless transition from Dalton’s school day into the extended day while taking the opportunity to offer different and unique classes and exposure to areas that might not be available in the daily school curriculum.

The Program is envisioned through two lenses. We promote skill based, progressive classes (i.e. martial arts, dance, languages) which are designed to encourage the development of continuity and craft with their respective disciplines. We also offer classes with the goal of encouraging students to sample many different areas of learning, valuing the process of the exploration as a meaningful end in itself.

Serendipity and Encore! both offer financial aid scholarships to families at a tuition-based percentage fee.  We consistently maintain an atmosphere of equity and inclusion.  We are mindful of the mission of the Program as service-driven and we support our philosophy through practice.  The After School Program is a vital component of Dalton's commitment to diversity and community.
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