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Dalton School

Student rating 5/ 5 by Harvard University student
108 East 89th Street New York NY 10128 United States


Dalton Schoolreview by Harvard University student. Dalton prepared me very well for Harvard - the math department is phenomenal and offers courses beyond the AP level, the science department is similarly strong and boasts numerous Intel and other prize winners; the English department is not quite up to par with the others, but the history department picks up the slack on the humanities side and is comprised largely of PhD teachers. The student body is very collegial and competition is not extensive because students know top colleges will take numerous students from each class year. Overall, I feel very prepared for Harvard based on my experience at Dalton.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

Student life was great at Dalton. Because of the lack of stifling competition, students made lifelong friendships, and many of my friends from Dalton are still my best friends today. The school is very liberal, but I think that is the norm in the New York City prep school community. The socioeconomic background is diversifying, similarly to most elite colleges, as Dalton has made a concerted effort to recruit diverse candidates from around the city. The school is still predominantly composed of Upper East and Upper West Side wealthy families, but it is definitely changing with the times. Facilities at the school are great and students rarely complained about the state of the school's buildings and offices.

The school has top extra-curricular programming, including a student-run newspaper that wins numerous awards, various types of artistic and political publications, a student government that students generally take seriously, nationally ranked Model UN, Model Congress, and Debate teams, and a generally strong extra-curricular establishment. Students seem to take school and extra-curriculars both very seriously during their time at Dalton.