Sophia Hollander of The Wall Street Journal broke the story today that almost half of Dalton’s incoming kindergarteners are students of color: At Dalton, a Push for Change
Dalton will dramatically exceed the citywide average for kindergarten diversity at New York’s private schools, which was 30% students of color last year, according to data from the National Association of Independent Schools.
It’s a milestone in an aggressive campaign by the admissions director, Elisabeth “Babby” Krents, to broaden the school’s reach since she assumed the position in 1996. The previous year, the kindergarten class was 6% diverse. This year, it will be 47% of the 97-member incoming class.
In my own practice, I have worked with an increasing number of students of color as more families of South Asian, East Asian, and Latin American descent pursue private school admission.