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The Dwight–Englewood School (D-E) is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school, located in Englewoodmarker, New Jerseymarker, with an approximate enrollment of 1,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

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 houses its administration in the Leggett building and now the Klein Campus center. Other buildings are the Swartley Arts Center, the Imperatore Library, the Modell Sports Complex, and the Pope Science Building.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 869 students and 106.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 5.4.

Dwight-Englewood is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Dwight-Englewood has been ranked as the 2nd best, following Horace Mann Schoolmarker in Riverdale, NY, 'private' day school in the country by the National Association of Independent Schools

Awards and recognition

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.


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 Universitymarker, 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 serve students in Pre-K through twelve.


The school's principal educational facilities are:

Klein Campus Center250 Seat Theater Auditorium9 General ClassroomsSpecialized Choral, Orchestra and Bell Choir Classrooms4 Soundproof Music Practice RoomsStudent Coop and BookstoreSenior LoungeArts Display SpacesWireless Internet Access

Imperatore Library35,000+ Volumes6 Computer LabsTaub Technology CenterWireless Internet Access

Swartley Art CenterPhotography StudioCeramicsArt History2 Studio Arts ClassroomsMusic PracticeArt GalleryPrintmaking FacilitiesHandbells RoomWireless Internet Access

Pope Science Hall8 Fully-Equipped LaboratoriesWireless Internet Access

Khubani Performing Arts CenterState-of-the-Art TheatreMusic Instruction RoomsWireless Internet Access

Modell's Sports Complex2 GymnasiumsDance/Aerobic StudioWeight Room2 On-Campus Fields3 Additional Fields5 Tennis CourtsWireless Internet Access

Lower School Building15 ClassroomsCafeteriaGymnasiumLibraryComputer RoomWireless Internet Access

Umpleby Hall28 Middle-School Classrooms2 Fully-Equipped Science LabsWireless Internet Access

Leggett Hall21 Upper-School ClassroomsHeadmaster's OfficeHulst HouseWireless Internet Access

Graham HouseAdmissions OfficeAlumni OfficeBusiness OfficeDevelopment Office

Nature Sanctuary


Dwight-Englewood 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.

Boys soccer: This past year, their Varsity Boy's Soccer Team reached the semifinals of the state tournament.

Boys tennis: In spring 2008, the boys tennis team won the following titles: Bergen County Groups 1-2, North Jersey Group B Sectional, and Non-Public B state Championship, finishing with a record of 21-1. The team's only loss was in the Tournament of Champions Semi-Finals to ultimate runner-up Westfield by the score of 3-2. Daniel Shutov a current senior who resides in Cliffside Park, NJ is ranked as the 2nd best tennis player in the state of New Jersey.

Notable Athletes:Peter Boyer ('00): 2003 NSCAA All-American First Team Soccer, 2005 DE Sports Hall of Fame inductee

The Fifth-Grade Opera

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.” 2007 will be the 19th 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

The Dwight-Englewood Student Government is a vital part of Student Life at Dwight-Englewood School. Divided into three Committees, it serves the interests and needs of its Student Body. The Student Life committee focus on things such as social events, and student privileges. The Facilities Committee addresses needs that include mending infrastructure around campus, and Maintenance Appreciation Day. The Curriculum Committee works on the curriculum of the school. There is a President and a Vice-President, along with a Head for each Committee. There is also the position of Class Coordinator within each grade.

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

Notable alumni

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  2. School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed July 29, 2008.
  3. Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), accessed May 11, 2006
  4. D-E News and Notes, accessed July 21, 2008
  5. "Tough talk from a culinary pragmatist", The Record , November 3, 2004.
  6. D-E Athletic Hall Of Fame, accessed March 17, 2007
  7. "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."
  8. 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."
  9. Fabiano, Giovanna. "Bible student caught in wake of Spitzer scandal", The Record , March 15, 2008. Accessed September 8, 2008.
  10. Rohan, Virginia. "Two Jersey guys get it 'Together'", The Record , October 4, 2007. Accessed October 6, 2007. "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."
  11. "The Interview: Lawrence Kudlow", from The American Spectator, March 2001, via Free Republic. Accessed December 24, 2007. "I remember that in this little prep school that I went to, the Dwight Englewood School in New Jersey, we had to say the Lord's Prayer in homeroom."
  12. "People to watch in 2008", (201), January 2008, p. 54.
  13. [1], accessed November, 2007

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