Many times I've read in different bios about Anderson that he attended the Dalton School in Manhattan but I didn't really know much about the school. After I heard the name of the school brought up on a rerun of the Sex in the City I wondered if it was more prestigious than I thought. So, I did a bit of research and found out some interesting things about Dalton.
The school is k-12th grade with two different locations in NYC. Teacher, Helen Parkhurst created something called the Dalton Plan in the early 1900's. This plan was a progressive way to educate students. It focused on not only 2 R's but also on the interests, abilities, and intellect of each child. It was a 3 part plan consisting of House, Assignment and Lab.
According to their website....
House - "The House is home base in school for each Dalton student, and the House Advisor is the parents' key contact with the school. In the First Program and Middle School, House is comprised of students in the same grade. In the High School, House includes students from each of the four grade levels, creating a microcosm of the larger High School community."
Assignment- "The Assignment represents a contract between student and teacher. In addition to defining common obligations for daily class work, long-term projects, and homework, Dalton Assignments are uniquely structured to promote the internalization and refinement of time-management and organizational skills, while offering students opportunities to develop their individual strengths and address their specific needs"
Lab- "The word "Laboratory" refers to the one-to-one and small group sessions between students and teachers which augment the traditional classroom instruction, combining study, research, and collaboration. Students and teachers schedule these Labs at specified times throughout the school day to discuss Assignment projects, expand upon questions of interest that arise in class, clarify issues, and explore new facets of a topic they want to pursue."
Some other interesting facts:
-member of the "Ivy Preparatory School League."
-In 2003, percentage wise, was the 5th ranked school (public or private) in the country of graduating students accepting into Ivy League schools.
-Christian Slater, Max Dlugy (grandmaster of chess),Noah Emmerich (actor),Mary Stuart Masterson (actress) are among some of the people that attending Dalton during the time Anderson was there.
-Chevy Chase, Claire Danes, Jennifer Grey, Traci Pollan and more have attended the school.
-Notable parents of attendees, Tom Brokaw, Michael J. Fox, Mia Farrow, Dustin Hoffman, Ralph Lauren, John Lennon, Sidney Lumet, Rupert Murdoch, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Neil Simon, Wesley Stipes, Barbara Walters.