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Dalton School

The Dalton School is a coeducational, K-12 independent school located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, founded by Helen Parkhurst as a progressive school in 1919. Today, Dalton is a competitive, elite, college preparatory school with tuition over $30,000 per year.

The school followed Helen Parkhurst's philosophy, embodied by the Dalton Plan for education, which was designed to individualize instruction and create community. Parkhurst's Dalton reflected the child-centered progressive movement of its time: often chaotic and disorganized, but at the same time caring and familial. It focused on child growth and development, community, and social service, and it strove to synthesize the affective and cognitive domains of the child. In 1942, Parkhurst was forced to resign due to financial irregularities. By the time she ...

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