Dwight-Englewood School

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Dwight-Englewood School
Dwight-Englewood logo.jpg
Per ardua ad veritatem
(through hard work, to truth)
315 E. Palisade Avenue
Englewood, NJ, 07631
Type Independent Day
Established 1889/1928/1973
Principal Joseph Algrant (Upper)
Kathy Christoph (Middle)
Kim Lewis (Lower)
Headmaster Rodney V. DeJarnett
Faculty 105.6 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades Pre-K - 12
Enrollment 872 (as of 2013-14, plus 28 in Pre-K)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 8.3:1[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s)      Blue
     Gold and
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Mascot Bulldog
Newspaper Spectrum, The Flea
Yearbook Carpe Diem

The Dwight–Englewood School (D-E) is an independent coeducational college-preparatory day school, located in Englewood, New Jersey. The school teaches students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade via three functionally separate schools. The Lower School (also known as the Bede School) serves students in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade in the Bede building. The Middle School, in Umpleby Hall, serves students in grades 6-8. The Upper School serves grades 9-12, and it houses its administration in the Leggett building and the Klein Campus center. Other buildings are the Hajjar STEM Center, Swartley Arts Center, the Imperatore Library, the Modell Sports Complex.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 872 students (plus 28 in Pre-K) and 105.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.3:1.[1]

Dwight-Englewood is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools[2] and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1999.[3]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

Dwight-Englewood was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, during the 1986-87 school year.[4]


In 1889, the Dwight School for Girls was founded as a college preparatory school by Euphemia S. Creighton and Ellen W. Farrar. The name is chosen to honor the then president of Yale University, the Rev. Timothy Dwight V, whose educational philosophy they admired. The Englewood School for Boys was established in 1928 as a college preparatory school. In 1973, the two schools formed a nonprofit corporation known as Dwight-Englewood School. In 1993, Dwight-Englewood School and The Bede School merged to add students in Pre-K through sixth grade.[5]


The school's Campus consists of 15 buildings totaling 318,000 square feet (29,500 m2). The principal educational facilities are:

Leggett Hall - 21 Upper-School Classrooms - Middle School Drama Classes - Headmaster's Office - Hulst House - Wireless Internet Access

Klein Campus Center - Hajjar Auditorium - 9 General Classrooms - Student Coop and Bookstore - Senior Lounge - Bells Classroom - Choir Room - Arts Display Spaces - Wireless Internet Access

Hajjar STEM Center - Wireless Internet Access

Imperatore Library - 35,000+ Volumes - Computer Workspaces - Student Lounge - 4 Language Classrooms - Taub Technology Center - Wireless Internet Access

Swartley Art Center - Photography Studio - Ceramics - Art History - 2 Studio Arts Classrooms - Music Practice - Art Gallery - Printmaking Facilities - Wireless Internet Access

Pope Science Hall - 8 Fully Equipped Laboratories - Wireless Internet Access

Khubani Performing Arts Center - State-of-the-Art Theatre - Music Instruction Rooms - 1 Sound and Lighting Booth - 1 Projection Booth

Modell's Sports Complex 3 Gymnasiums - Dance/Aerobic Studio - Weight Room - 2 On-Campus Fields - 2 Additional Fields - 5 Tennis Courts

Lower School Building 15 Classrooms - Cafeteria - Gymnasium - Library - Computer Room - Wireless Internet Access

Umpleby Hall - 28 Middle-School Classrooms - 2 Fully Equipped Science Labs - Wireless Internet Access

Graham House - Admissions Office - Alumni Office - Business Office - Development Office

Nature Sanctuary


Dwight-Englewood competes in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, which consists of public and private schools located in Bergen County, Passaic County and Hudson County, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[6] Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Dwight-Englewood was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League.[7] The school has many athletics programs, including boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys baseball, girls softball, boys football, coed golf, girls field hockey, boys basketball, girls basketball, girls volleyball, boys tennis, girls tennis, coed spring and winter track, coed cross country and coed Ultimate Frisbee.

Boys tennis: In spring 2002 the boys tennis team won the Non-Public B State Championship and was the runner-up to Holmdel High School in the Tournament of Champions, falling by the score of 3-2 in the finals.[8] In spring 2008, the boys tennis team finished with a record of 21-1 and won the Bergen County Groups 1-2, North Jersey Group B Sectional, and Non-Public B State Championship with a 5-0 win over Sacred Heart High School.[9] The team's only loss was in the Tournament of Champions semi-finals to ultimate runner-up Westfield High School by the score of 3-2.[10] In 2010 the boy's team won the North Jersey Group B sectional and the Group B title once again, before falling in the Tournament of Champions semifinal to Westfield, 3.5-1.5.

The girls varsity tennis team won the Bergen County Small Schools title in 2010, finishing the season with a record of 18-1 and earning Courtney Baiardi Stasi recognition by The Star-Ledger as its Coach of the Year for the season.[11]

The Fifth-Grade opera[edit]

In fifth grade, students compose and write an original opera. They form an opera company and go through all the steps necessary to stage a full production—script writing, libretto, costumes and makeup, set design, lighting, and publicity. This project is part of the Metropolitan Opera’s program, “Creating Original Opera.” 2014 will be the 28th year of opera production at the Lower School.


Internally, the school has Principals for the lower, middle, and upper schools, as well as deans of students. The overall executive position which oversees all three schools is that of the Head of School. The current head is Dr. Rodney V. De Jarnett. Within the schools, there are departments for Math, English, History, Science, Language, Physical Education, Technology, and Arts. Each department has a department chair. Additionally, each grade in the middle and upper schools has a class dean, formerly grade level adviser, or "GLA," who acts to help the students in their grade.

Student government[edit]

The Dwight-Englewood Student Government is divided into many initiatives. There are three groups of initiatives, which includes a Curriculum, Facilities, and Life/Spirit Group. Within each group, there are multiple initiatives. Each initiative focuses on a certain issue such as workload or the Coop. There is also a President and a Vice-President, along with a Head for each Group and Initiative. There is also the position of Class Coordinator within each grade.

Before, the Student Government was divided into four Committees, Life, Spirit, Facilities, and Curriculum. The Student Life committee focused on things such as social events, and student privileges. The Spirit Committee concurrently worked with the life committee on social events, and they also hosted Spirit Week. The Facilities Committee addressed needs that include mending infrastructure around campus, and Maintenance Appreciation Day. The Curriculum Committee worked on the curriculum of the school.

The Facilities Committee passed a cell phone proposal, which will help with student-parent communication. The Curriculum Committee succeeded in securing several new course for this next year, including a Philosophy course.

Popular culture references[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Dwight-Englewood School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  2. ^ School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  3. ^ Dwight-Englewood School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  4. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education, p. 52. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  5. ^ Lurie, Maxine M.; Mappen, Marc. "Dwight-Englewood School", Encyclopedia of New Jersey, p. 227. Rutgers University Press, 2004. ISBN 0-8135-3325-2. Accessed September 2, 2011. "Dwight-Englewood joined with the Bede School in 1993 to create an independent day school that included children from preschool through the sixth grade."
  6. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  7. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  8. ^ Boys Team Tennis - Tournament of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 21, 2011.
  9. ^ Whittaker, Celeste E. "C.H. East just misses", Courier-Post, May 23, 2008. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Sacred Heart's bid to win a Non-Public B championship ended at the hands of Dwight-Englewood, which got the easy 5-0 victory in the title match."
  10. ^ Staff. "Westfield 3, Dwight-Englewood 2", The Star-Ledger, May 29, 2008. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Justin Snyder and Graeme Stahl gutted out a 6-3, 7-5 victory at first doubles to clinch a 3-2 victory for top-seeded Westfield, No. 1 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, over fourth-seeded and No. 5 Dwight-Englewood yesterday at Mercer County Park in West Windsor."
  11. ^ Guthrie, Charles. "NJ Girls Tennis: North Jersey season review, 2010", The Star-Ledger, December 17, 2010. Accessed September 2, 2011. "Coach of the year: Dwight-Englewood’s head coach, Courtney Baiardi Stasi, has gone 33-2 in her two years at the helm. This year, Dwight-Englewood finished 18-1 and won the Bergen County Small Schools championship."
  12. ^ D-E News and Notes, accessed July 21, 2008
  13. ^ [1], accessed March 30, 2013
  14. ^ a b c d e f "Jenny's Dish.", The Star-Ledger, October 26, 2004. "Actually, Lesley Gore wasn't planning to cry at all when she returned to her old high school, Dwight-Englewood in Englewood, on Friday night. Gore and her composer brother, Michael (he wrote "Fame," the Irene Cara hit) were inducted into Dwight-Englewood's Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.... She's not the only Dwight-Englewood alum to hit it big. Other graduates include former Secretary of State George Schultz, Brooke Shields and Mira Sorvino."
  15. ^ Biography, Peter Balakian. Accessed December 26, 2012. "Balakian was born in Teaneck, New Jersey, and grew up there and in Tenafly, NJ. He attended Tenafly public schools and graduated from Englewood School for Boys (now Dwight-Englewood School) before earning his B.A. from Bucknell University, an M.A. from New York University, and a Ph.D. from Brown University in American Civilization."
  16. ^ [Stephen Borg graduated from Dwight-Englewood School, holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College and received his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School."
  17. ^ Staff. "High Demand: Leonia's Anthony Bourdain requested to write for HBO's Treme", (201) magazine, March 5, 2011. Accessed September 2, 2011. "Star of Travel channel's No Reservations has been asked to write the culinary scenes for David Simon's HBO series Treme. Former Leonia resident and Dwight-Englewood alum, Anthony Bourdain, was happy to abide."
  18. ^ Eskenzai, Gerald. "SIDELINES: NOT A BAD IDEA; Still on the Air After 19 Years", The New York Times, March 18, 1991. Accessed September 2, 2011. "DICK BUTTON was wistful the other day when the Sullivan Award was announced.... 'I was the worst athlete at the Englewood School in New Jersey,' he recalled. 'If I was up at bat in a baseball game, the outfielders would sit down.'"
  19. ^ Athletic Hall Of Fame, Dwight-Englewood School. Accessed March 17, 2007
  20. ^ ALLISON HIRSCHLAG, Guiding Light. Accessed September 30, 2007. "Upon graduating the prestigious Dwight-Englewood School, New Jersey native Allison Hirschlag landed the role of Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light."
  21. ^ Sampson, Peter J. "Bergrin helped run call-girl ring, woman testifies at trial", The Record (Bergen County), February 7, 2013. Accessed January 3, 2015. "Bergrin was one of the lawyers retained by her boyfriend, Jason Itzler, a self-proclaimed 'king of all pimps' who wanted to turn his upscale brothel into a national enterprise, she said. Itzler grew up in Cliffside Park and attended the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood and Tenafly High School."
  22. ^ a b Rohan, Virginia. "Two Jersey guys get it 'Together'", The Record (Bergen County), October 4, 2007. Accessed January 3, 2015. "Comedy writers Matt Silverstein and Dave Jeser met at the Dwight-Englewood School, where a prank, fittingly enough, led them to realize they were kindred creative spirits."
  23. ^ a b "D-E News of Note". Retrieved 5 November 2006. 
  24. ^ "The Interview: Lawrence Kudlow", from The American Spectator, March 2001, via Free Republic. Accessed December 24, 2007. "...this little prep school that I went to, the Dwight Englewood School in New Jersey..."
  25. ^ Rettig, Jessica. "10 Things You Didn't Know About Michael Leiter", U.S. News & World Report, January 7, 2010. Accessed April 13, 2011. "Michael Leiter grew up in Englewood, N.J., where he graduated from the Dwight-Englewood Prepatory [sic] School in 1987."
  26. ^ Hertog, Susan. "Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life", p. 73. Random House, 2000. ISBN 0385720076. "Out of Englewood and in the mainstream of city lfe, Anne saw her world begin to expand. Like Elisabeth, she had attended the Dwight School in Englewood, and, although it was a fine academy, dedicated to the individual needs of girls, it was a conservative school in a suburban enclave."
  27. ^ White, Liz. "He’s With the Program: Bruce McKenna, Englewood native", (201) magazine, January 2008. Accessed June 29, 2011. "The standard he sets for himself in Hollywood took root in Englewood. A Dwight-Englewood alum, class of 1980, McKenna left a lasting impression on faculty there."
  28. ^ Kleimann, James. "Englewood Native's Band First in History to Perform on Empire State Building; Indie darlings the Yeah Yeah Yeahs filmed the music video "Despair" in April on top of the famous building.", Englewood-Englewood Cliffs Patch, June 26, 2013. Accessed January 3, 2015. "Karen O, the stage name of Karen Lee Orzolek, a Dwight Englewood grad, kept the filming a secret for logistical and creative reasons, she told the Times."
  29. ^ Singer, Natasha. "15 Pounds: Part of Freshman Meal Plan?", The New York Times, August 31, 2006. Accessed May 30, 2011. "And that is where Daphne Oz, a junior at Princeton from Cliffside Park, N.J., comes in.... And at the Dwight-Englewood School in Englewood, N.J., she wrote a high school research paper on teenage nutrition and lobbied for healthier cafeteria food, she said."
  30. ^ Salerno, Heather. "Rockland's Tim Peper is one of ABC's 'Carpoolers'", The Journal News (subscription required), October 1, 2007. Accessed March 22, 2011. "He notes that he was made fun of a lot for doing musicals as a student at the Dwight-Englewood School, a prep school in New Jersey."
  31. ^ Connor, Erinn. "Leonia native explores the delicate relationship between three sisters in The Pretty One", The Record (Bergen County), February 4, 2013. Accessed February 4, 2013. "I went to Leonia Middle School and Dwight-Englewood School for high school."
  32. ^ Commencement 2012 Speaker, University of Vermont. Accessed September 10, 2012. "Born in Iran and raised in New Jersey, Zarghami attended Dwight Englewood preparatory school in Englewood, NJ and came to UVM in 1980 to study education."
  33. ^ Balakian, Peter. Black Dog of Fate: A Memoir, p. 135. Basic Books, 2009. ISBN 0-465-01019-9. Accessed May 30, 2011. "One day a few years later, when I was teaching high school English at Dwight-Englewood School, I picked up a copy of The Anaïs Nin Reader off the desk of one of my colleagues and began reading."
  34. ^ Jones, Christopher. "Interview: Peter Balakian", The Cortland Review, Issue 22, February 2003. Accessed December 27, 2012. "TCR: Let me ask you about two of your contemporaries. You dedicate this volume to the poets Bruce Smith and Jack Wheatcroft? PB: In a world as small and intense as poetry, one's comrades are dearer than ever.... Bruce Smith and I met in 1974 at Dwight Englewood School in Englewood, New Jersey, where we were both teaching English and coaching football."

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