About Us

The next evolution in education is ICL Academy, a transformative private online school for grades 7-12 that connects students’ passions with personalized academics, using the best in educational technology and philosophy to meet the demands of today’s generation.

At ICL Academy, students achieve college readiness in addition to jumpstarting the career of their choosing, whether it’s performing arts, athletics, entrepreneurship, or more.

Our nearly 150-year-old academic tradition is rooted in the history and mission of the renowned Dwight School, and is underpinned by the Institute for Civic Leadership’s award-winning youth leadership and character-building program.

With a blended learning approach that incorporates technology and innovation, partnerships with distinguished industry experts, and a variety of curriculum components, we put real-world context to content. ICL Academy embraces the philosophy that learning can be achieved outside the traditional classroom, and that a world-class education begins with great teachers.

At ICL Academy we follow the Mantra of ‘Respect Tradition – Embrace Tomorrow.’

Our Mission:

ICL Academy is a revolutionary private online school (7-12) that ties students’ passions and purpose with personalized academics, culminating in the best of blended learning for the next generation of inspired students. We match state-of-the-art online learning technology with the core principles of great education in order to seamlessly mold academics to students’ interests.

Our Vision:

Our students know themselves, their talents, their capabilities and deepest passions; in turn, ICL Academy provides them with a world-class high school education coupled with a tool belt of leadership skills, laying the foundation for a lifetime of innovative thinking and problem solving.

An education molded to students’ passions.

Our students receive a personalized course of study sculpted to their unique interests . In addition to earning their high school diploma, ICL students may also be able to jumpstart their careers by having the flexibility to pursue their passions

Inspire, educate, innovate

Our program is the first of its kind to combine the 143-year academic tradition of the renowned Dwight School with ICL’s award-winning Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship program in a digital environment. The result? An innovative and effective private online high school that teaches students how to be independent thinkers.

Students who dare to dream.

ICL Academy students take risks and show leadership through action, earning an outstanding education along the way.

Born from an ecosystem of educational innovation and success

ICL Academy was founded by Kirk Spahn, executive board member of the Dwight School, the internationally renowned independent school (nursery through grade 12). Founded in 1872 at its flagship brownstone campus on New York City’s Upper West Side, the Dwight School has campuses throughout the world, including in London, Seoul, Shanghai, and Dubai. It also delivers a comprehensive education via its online secondary school, Dwight Global, which offers AP courses and International Baccalaureate curriculum.

A truly blended approach to learning

ICL Academy courses are taught by blending innovative virtual learning styles, including:

  • Synchronous classes – Real-time, online, video-based, virtual classroom
  • Asynchronous classes – Self-paced, pre-recorded classes with notes, text and video references, and other virtual learning aids
  • Flipped classrooms – Students listen to prerecorded videos before they come to class, so that seminar time can be used for active discussion
  • College scheduling – Students meet with their college counselor via video conference at least once a week with office hours

Our Affiliates

The Dwight School

Founded in 1872, the Dwight School is an internationally renowned independent school (nursery–grade 12) committed to educating the next generation of innovative global leaders—one student at a time. Providing a personalized experience for each student through the academically rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, the Dwight School is dedicated to “igniting the spark of genius” in every child. The Dwight School has been recognized by the IB organization as a world leader in international education

The Institute for Civic Leadership

Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders, Today: For the past 20 years, the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL) has been honing student passions and focusing them in the realm of social entrepreneurship and professional development. The ICL provides the skills, recognition, and funding necessary to make the connection between passion and civic engagement — between ideas and real-world success.

Learn About ICL: Upcoming Open House || Tuesday September 21, 2021 7pm ET/4pm PT
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