OUR HISTORY

ICL Academy is a better online school that is championed by a legacy of 150 years of academic excellence, where dedicated teachers enable talented students to pursue their passions

OUR HISTORY

ICL Academy’s legacy of innovation and personalized learning dates back to 1872. We’re proud of our pioneering  as an online school affiliated with the Dwight School in New York City, and their pioneering global network of schools. 

Our founder Kirk Spahn created the Institute of Civic Leadership (ICL) in 2001 which helped countless students follow their dreams in the realm of social entrepreneurship and professional development. The ICL was founded to inspire, educate, and innovate, and  funded thousands of student initiatives, dreams, and service projects in 6 continents in over 40 countries. 

In 2014, Dwight Global was founded as an international distance learning school, becoming an innovator and champion of online learning. Students across 6 global campuses received a world-renowned education in locations including but not limited to New York, London, Seoul, Shanghai, Dubai. 

In 2019, ICL Academy was founded to ensure online education continues to inspire our student network, empowering students to learn about, develop, and pursue their passions. Throughout history, ICL Academy’s visionary leaders have transformed the educational landscape, while our illustrious alumni have left their mark on our world.