Dalton Academy's curriculum is informed by the best practices in both China and the wider world but is an independent and evolving model that emphasizes bilingual Chinese and English liberal arts, interdisciplinary education, and independent student initiatives and research. Its humanities-led curriculum is built around small seminar-style classes of approximately 15 students designed to encourage discussion. Students begin the program with a foundation year that includes exposure to the Chinese and Western classics and a modern world history course. The program is rooted in humanities but is coupled with a rigorous math and science curriculum that blends the strengths of the Chinese educational achievement with laboratory-based learning.


Dalton students are given a broad scope of course offerings ranging from The Middle East Refugee Crisis to Board Game Design and Physics for Space Engineering. Students are given the freedom to choose their own academic path as we prepare them for a future of choices.

Elective Courses - Mathematics

  • Mathematics

  • Game Theory

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Project-based Calculus

  • Statistics

  • Mathematical Modeling

  • Discrete Math

  • Econometrics

Elective Courses - Liberal Arts

  • Post-Colonial Afro-feminist Thought

  • Empire and Literature

  • Where the World is Construct: Fantasy Fiction Writing

  • Deconstructing Creativity

  • Education Theory and Practice

  • Theatre Theory

  • Film Studies

  • Food Writing

  • Hispanic Literature and Poetry

  • Accelerated Spanish Language and Cultures

  • French 1 and 2

Elective Course - Chinese Liberal Arts

  • Chinese Arts and Culture

  • Society and Culture in the Tang and Song Dynasties

  • Linguistics: Buzzwords in Chinese Internet Culture

  • Presenting Facts in Good Faith: Nonfiction Writing

  • Cross-cultural Exchanges and the Silk Road

Elective Course - Sciences

  • Animal Behavior

  • Marine Biology

  • Biochemistry Lab X

  • Immunology

  • Organic Chemistry

  • Optic Engineering

  • Mass Systems, Rigid and Field Physics

  • Wave, Thermal and Modern Physics

  • Advanced Inorganic Chemistry

Elective Course - ARTS

  • Creative Writing for the Stage

  • Theatre Practicum: Create Direct Perform

  • Graffiti Art

  • Service Learning Through the Arts

  • Digital Photography

  • Studio Art 1 and 2

Core Requirements

  • English Liberal Art

  • Chinese Liberal Arts

  • Integrated Math 

  • World Cultures and Civilizations

  • Microscopic and Macroscopic Biology

  • Theoretical and Physical Chemistry

  • Chemistry: Revolution in Human Civilization

  • Project-Based Mechanics and Electromagnetism

  • Writing Workshop

  • The Independent Research Project

Elective Courses-Global Studies

  • Elective Courses

  • Global Studies

  • Madness in Civilization

  • Patterns of Human Violence

  • U.S. History

  • The Middle East Refugee Crisis

  • Italian Renaissance Art

  • Psychology of I.D.E.A.L.S.

  • The Political Economy of Post-Secondary Education