Welcome to Dalton today — and tomorrow

Where We Begin

Planning is in Dalton's DNA

We were founded on a progressive plan. We are always looking for ways to thoughtfully pursue new ideas, new possibilities and new ways to be the best version of ourselves.

The plan you see before you was developed at an important moment in our societal and institutional history.

Our society is experiencing rapid change. There are daily revolutions in technology and communication; major advances in the way we understand how people learn, grow and adapt; seismic shifts in the social, political, economic and environmental landscape, locally and globally.

Our school is changing as well.

We’re expanding and re-stacking Big Dalton — the largest single investment in the School’s history — presenting opportunities for growth and innovation. We are pursuing progressive and inclusive practices, adopting new methodologies and offering wider perspectives to broaden and deepen our curriculum. We are advancing a successful capital campaign.

Dalton is in a position of tremendous strength.

We have reached record numbers in Admissions applications, our endowment is historically high, our student body is historically diverse and our teachers are continually inspired and inspiring. We are guided by an enduring ethos of engaging in responsible innovation, of exploring possibilities and of saying yes to smart, strategic opportunities.

Our response to this moment is not revolution — it is evolution.

We are not overhauling Dalton’s mission; we are making it sustainable. We go forth with open minds and open hearts. We go forth with a commitment to new ideas, and fresh perspectives and the willingness to execute them. We go forth empowered by Helen Parkhurst’s directive: to change with the changing world.