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Dr. Spencer A. Fowler, CEO & Superintendent of International Programs, BDFZ Education Group sharing his warm and inspiring welcome message to the Dalton family.

Dear Students, Faculty, Colleagues, Parents, Alumni, and Friends,


It is my distinguished honor to welcome you all to the 2021-2022 academic year. The milestones we have reached as a community over the years never cease to amaze me. This year, is one of personal significance, marking my sixth year having the privilege of leading our inspirational and prestigious academic program. Honored to be the longest serving head of school, I have graduated approximately 600 pupils who went on to attend, or have graduated from, many of the most world’s most prestigious universities. I am fortunate to have worked closely with two cycles of Dalton students, from their Senior I years through their Senior III years. With similar excitement, I announce


that our Haikou campus in Hainan is commencing its third year of operation, on course to graduate its second class. Progress throughout these years, in Beijing, Haikou and beyond, has been nothing short of remarkable. 


Since first setting foot on the campus of The Affiliated High School of Peking University’s Dalton Academy, my life has changed dramatically; I will forever be grateful that fate connected me to a program boasting the world’s most unique approach to education. When I set out to work at Dalton, I never could have imagined an education program like this would have been viable; a program that is simultaneously open, free, and enlightening, a program capable of empowering teachers and students to advance global progress. Our community has remained steadfast in our philosophy, continuing to rise to every challenge, even in the face of recent obstacles, most notably the infamous COVID-19 pandemic. 


As we begin another academic cycle, a sense of nostalgia permeates throughout our campus, coupled with a renewed sense of purpose, bolstered by a commitment to forging the effort of education’s needed reform. Every year presents another opportunity for our program to leverage its unique talents, interests, networks, and resources in order to spread a Dalton sized impact across the world.  Our program’s story speaks to endless possibilities as a result of its organic, nimble, and agile nature. The world needs creative problem solvers, our students, those who are passionately making a difference. Our modus operandi is not pigeon-holing gifted students with the singular focus of preparing them for standardized exams; it is to demonstrate to the world what education can be, an education empowering our students to contribute to progress, everywhere from academia to industry.  


Every moment, relationship, and opportunity should be met with open-mindedness, love, and unwavering efforts to leave one’s mark on this world. Our individual dreams must collectively include supporting others who seek to realize their own. Our program embodies Frost’s road less traveled. It speaks to the level of fulfilment that our lives can reach when we decide to take chances, believe in ourselves, and embrace those around us. 


In the succinct and immortal words of Brian Tracy: “What would you dare to dream if you knew you wouldn’t fail?”



Sincerely yours,


Dr. Spencer A. Fowler 

CEO & Superintendent






Students from the Affiliated High School of Peking University will begin a tutoring program for refugee students and others from economically marginalized families in Jordan who want to take the tawjihi in June 2021. The program will match high-performing Chinese students from one of the best high schools in all of China one-on-one with eligible students from Jordan. Intensive tutoring in English and math will begin at the end of February 2021. Tutoring sessions will be 6 hours a week through video conferencing. The program will provide eligible students in Jordan with the means to participate in a video conferencing platform through smart phones and Internet data plans. Those who successfully complete the program will have their exam fees paid.


All  You Want to Know about Dalton Academy!

The Affiliated High School of Peking University's Dalton Academy holds a grand Open House every year. Teachers and valedictorian introduce Dalton 's philosophy, mission, curriculum, university admission and other information to perspective parents and students in the event .

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold a traditional open house, however we hope you can learn more about Dalton Academy through this video. See what make us innovative and exciting directly from our outstanding leaders: CEO and Superintendent of Dalton Academy Dr. Spencer Fowler, Deputy Head of School – Dean of Faculty Mr. Ian Deakin, Deputy Head of School – Dean of Students Dr. Zeng Yao, Director of College Counseling Center Ms. Gaby Dong, and Dean of Dalton Haikou Mr. Nils Olson.

BDFZ Dalton Academy Received the International ACAC Opportunity Grant


Due to the efforts Deputy Head of School and Dean of Faculty Ms. Aileen Lee, the Affiliated High School of Peking University's Dalton Academy was awarded the  International ACAC Opportunity Grant. The grant supports refugee students who have had their education disrupted by war conditions. Students of Dalton Academy have since dedicated their time and effort to tutoring refugee students, helping them prepare for the Tawjihi exam. Thanks International ACAC for recognizing the importance of higher education for refugees!

Dr. Spencer Fowler Shared Powerful Models for Remote Learning at Scale in Dalton 

 The coronavirus has inarguably caused change. Whole societies are responding to it, including our wonderful educators at Dalton. 

On April 4th, Dr Spencer Fowler joined Dr. Zhao Yong's interview The Silver Lining for Learning and shared how did Dalton's educators and learners take school online and make learning more authentic, more relevant to the real world, more learner-centered during COVID-19 pandemic  . 

Find out more in the video and visit their website :

Congratulations to Aileen Lee on receiving the 2020 International Association for College Admission Counseling's Rising Star Award !

Congratulations to The Affiliated High School of Peking University School Group Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Director of College Counseling Ms. Aileen J. Lee on receiving the 2020 International Association for College Admission Counseling's Rising Star Award!

Ms. Aileen J. Lee is passionate about education and supporting those disadvantaged in life. Aileen played a crucial role in supporting and enacting The Affiliated High School of Peking University's first-ever Access Scholarship whereby bringing marginalized youth from the Middle East to Beijing with the opportunity to complete their secondary education in one of China and the worlds leading high schools. 

Aileen's conviction does not go unnoticed. Her story is compelling and inspirational.  And she has planted the Access Scholarship seed within the International ACAC network at every opportunity. Aileen is being recognized by her peers, distinguished for her commitment to public service, social justice, and addressing international inequality to access higher education. 

Congratulations and thank you to Ms. Aileen J. Lee, a game-changer in the world of college counseling. 

Aileen Lee
Aileen Lee

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Rising Award
Rising Award

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Jordan ELP

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Studio Interview of Dr. Spencer Fowler with CGTN “Culture Express”

The movie “Better Days” is causing a sensation across the country. It has continuously won the single-day top score since it premiered on Oct 25 in China. And it’s led to discussions nationwide. Dr. Spencer Fowler, CEO & Superintendent of International Programs, BDFZ Education Group, and Max Yang live from Shanghai, who is producer joined the studio of Culture Express to discuss why is this movie so popular, not only among young people but all of society? And what are some effective ways to help students who are bullied?

Find out more in the special program!

Congratulations To 10 Students Who Won the Prizes in ANCQ!

The Affiliated High School of Peking University’s Dalton Academy would like to congratulate 10 students who won the prizes in Australian National Chemistry Quiz run by the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. The Quiz has been in operation since 1982, growing from humble beginnings into an international event spread over 23 countries, 7 languages, 1400 schools and over 94,000 students. 


2021 Full of Faculty Festivities

Let’s Talk About Your Writing!

The Dalton Writing Center is in full operation this academic year. Peer consultants are trained to talk with students on a variety of writing projects. From brainstorming to polishing, from speeches to research papers, consultants offer feedback at any stage of the writing process. In a one-on-one session, the consultant will ask a series of questions that help students articulate the ideas they want to communicate. Together, the consultant and student will discuss ways to achieve the goals of the writing project. Consultants will never write for students, they will never tell students what to do, and they will never replace teachers, but what they can do is offer a comfortable space for students to talk about unfinished work. You can learn more about our services and how to reserve an appointment in the video.




Dalton Academy mentors came out in full force to support the Zhi Shan 至善 and  Xin Min 新 民 houses' men's and women's basketball teams. The aforementioned houses are comprised of Dalton Academy mentees who competed in the PKUS Basketball Tournament Opening Ceremony.

Three faculty events were hosted early on in fall 2021. On August 3o, the year kicked off with a day of ice breaker activities, informative presentations, department meetings and new faculty orientation. On September 8, while everyone was still sporting their back to school haircuts, faculty seized the opportunity to pose for a few shots during faculty picture day. September ended with Dalton Academy mentors coming out in full force, on September 26, to support their Dalton mentee's during the opening ceremony of the PKUS Basketball Tournament, where Chinese Basketball stars such as Zhang Qingpeng sat in attendance.



Our Experiential Learning Program is project-based and offered twice a year. Programs are designed to ignite curiosity and positively transform students and their communities. Students can enroll in domestic or international programs, spanning over five continents.


The Belt and Road Global Youth Summit is an international event which focuses on economics and development along the Belt and Road Corridor. Participants include representatives from China, Japan, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, and Malaysia.

Pkudalton's One Belt One Road


The Co-op Program provides our students with supervised, career-related experiences; community service practices; and university research opportunities that enhance professional development, while enriching the Dalton learning experience.


Pkudalton's Independent Research Program is at the core of Dalton Academy as it prepares students for the rigors of post-secondary level research.


The Dalton Access Scholarship is China’s first scholarship program targeted towards displaced students as a result of conflict or political instability. Our program currently supports deserving students in Jordan by giving them the opportunity to complete their last year of high school at Dalton Academy.

Dalton Academy's Access Scholarship

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela


Passionate Educators

James Spires is recognized as a hard-working, student-centered educator who continually seeks to improve learning. He earned a B.A. degree in Music Education and also received a Certificate of Music Technology, focusing mainly on studio recording. Besides being an extremely devoted teacher who goes the extra mile for his students, James is also a passionate saxophonist who performs in various festivals and venues with his band Stevie Mac and the MacDaddies, declared the best Beijing band in the year 2016. Dalton Academy is privileged to have him as he can pass along his stage experience while customizing instruction for each individual student. With James, the students can learn how to perform, how to minimize mistakes, write their own songs, and perform in front of people. He teaches The Language of Music, Survey of Western Music History, Fretted String Ensemble and a class called Ensemble Performance Practices. 


Chinese Liberal Arts Department Chair

Dr. Huang Xiaojuan joined Dalton Academy two years ago and we are so thankful she decided to embark with us on this meaningful journey of transforming education. Devoted educator, Dr. Huang truly understands our students’ reality as she also graduated from The Affiliated High School of Peking University. She has an incredible academic background: Master’s degree completed at Peking University and a Ph.D. at Princeton University. Dr. Huang has lived abroad for a total of ten years (United States and Canada). She also worked in France, Italy and Belgium as a visiting scholar and a postdoctoral fellow focusing her research on religious and social history in pre-modern China for a year. We are extremely fortunate to count Dr. Huang among our faculty members. Not only does she share her rich knowledge with passion to our students but she also incorporates project-based learning into her Chinese Liberal Arts classes so students develop deep content knowledge as well as critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills in the context of meaningful projects, which help students define their cultural identity and cultural heritage.



Biology & Chemistry Department Chair

Dr. Zhang began her journey as a Microbology Laboratory TA, earning her stipend as a student . She explained, "it was then when I found out many Chinese students were too quiet to express themselves." She took it upon herself to develop a culture where students are encouraged to discuss labs, debate and develop scientific arguments.

Click on Dr. Zhang's photo to read her Faculty Spotlight.


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