When Alumni come back to visit the school, they frequently note how pleased they are to see what has changed and what remains the same about their alma mater. Administrators at Dalton work as a team, setting common goals to achieve consistency in academic excellence, behavioral expectations, and educational philosophy across the three divisions. Meanwhile, numerous staff members work tirelessly to ensure that every department and building operates smoothly.
The world outside Dalton is an intrinsic element of the school's educational process. The diverse cultural population within Dalton is a reflection of the extended urban community. Respect for others and an emphasis on each individual's responsibility to the group form the basis for interaction in resolving problems inherent in any grouping. Gender, ethnic, and equity issues are actively explored as part of community life at Dalton.
In the twenty-first century, Dalton continues to be firmly committed to Helen Parkhurst's pragmatic approach to education. Priorities change with the times. What time does not alter, however, is the school's reputation for developing independent thinkers whose knowledge and understanding are rooted in the real world, who are conversant with their culture, and who are confident, eager, and self-motivated learners.