Let us think of it (school) as a place where community conditions prevail as they prevail in life itself.
An important pillar of the Dalton Plan for building community and attending to the needs of every child,
House is the home base in school for each Dalton student, and the House advisor (classroom or homeroom teacher) is the parent's key contact with the school. In the First Program and Middle School, House is comprised of students of the same age. In the High School, each House includes students from every grade level, a microcosm of the larger school community. In all divisions, the House Advisor guides and assists each student in the learning process.
Students at Dalton begin working with the three elements of the Dalton Plan from a very young age. At the First Program, children are presented with opportunities to make educated choices about their learning and in the process discover how to identify their interests and take responsibility for pursuing them. Over the years, Dalton students learn how to budget their time, seek out faculty, and take responsibility for their own education. Dalton graduates frequently comment on how well prepared they were for college because the Dalton Plan taught them how to take control of their own educational destinies.