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Values

The task of developing good human beings and responsible social citizens requires empathy, deliberative reasoning, and the moral imagination of all members of the Dalton community. The school remains committed to Helen Parkhurst's original goals to create not only academically strong graduates but also those who will become informed, intuitive, and responsible citizens.
"A school cannot reflect the social experience which is the fruit of community life unless all its parts, or groups, develop those intimate relations one with the other and that interdependence which, outside of school, binds men* and nations together."
*The use of male pronouns in Helen Parkhurst's writings reflects language usage of her era and does not denote male preference.