Dwight School Dubai will no longer collaborate with Dwight School New York, it was announced today. The association with a leading IB curriculum schools in the US will come to an end of the 2021/22 academic year.
The end of this academic year will also see Dwight School Dubai vacating the purpose-built Al Barsha campus it has occupied since opening in 2018. Sources close to the school have indicated that Dwight will move to the Dubai Sports City campus currently occupied by the GEMS Education’s GEMS United School Sports City. Prior to this, the campus was formerly the GEMS US curriculum school, Bradenton Prep.
In a letter jointly signed by Dr Blake Spahn, Vice Chancellor of the group of Dwight Schools and Mrs Nilay Ozral, Bloom Education’s CEO, current students are assured that they are “welcome to continue” their education with the school. The letter goes on to assure parents that “the education of your children remains our foremost priority”.
The ending of the association with Dwight School New York will likely impact one of the Dubai school’s key selling points: that entry to one Dwight School assures entry to any Dwight school in the world.
The existing Dubai campus is shared with Brighton College Dubai, also a Bloom Education school. The two schools share ‘core-facilities’ (including outdoor sports facilities, an auditorium and, in the original marketing for the school, an ‘Arabic Centre of Excellence’). How this change will impact pupils at the Brighton College is not yet clear. The “super campus” as it was described when it first launched was part justification for its fees which made it, at the time, the most expensive day school in the UAE.
Founded in 1872 in New York, Dwight is a leading international IB World School with campuses on three continents. The school was founded in 1872 by Julius Sachs as part of the Sachs Collegiate Institute, Dwight School was first known as “The Sachs School” and has been evolving through mergers and acquisitions New York style ever since.
Dwight School in New York is now owned by the Spahn family who have worked with the school for 50 years. The Dubai school was the fifth in the Dwight network after New York, London, Seoul, and Shanghai.
WhichSchoolAdvisor.com has approached both Dwight School Dubai and Bloom Education for comment and will continue to update this story.