Dalton School’s “obsessive” focus on race and diversity draws national scrutiny


In December 2020, faculty members at Dalton School issued an eight-page manifesto with 24 “anti-racist” demands. Many of the Dalton School’s “anti-racism” initiatives appear to have been designed and implemented by Pollyanna, a diversity consulting firm; these programs led to parent concern over the divisiveness of the programs.

On January 28, 2021, a group of concerned parents sent an open letter to the Dalton Community regarding the school’s “anti-racism curriculum,” with classes with an “obsessive” focus on race and diversity, “racist cop” reenactments in science, “de-centering whiteness” in art class, learning about white supremacy and sexuality in health class, “wildly age-inappropriate” issues, according to the parents.

On Friday, February 26, 2021, the Dalton School announced that Domonic Rollins, the school’s Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, would be leaving the school.


Teacher Demands at Dalton, The Naked Dollar, December 18, 2020

Revolution Consumes New York’s Elite Dalton School, Wall Street Journal, December 28, 2020

Dalton Parents Push Back, The Naked Dollar, January 28, 2021

Heads Begin to Roll at Dalton (But Don’t Be Fooled), The Naked Dollar, February 27, 2021

Commitment to Anti-Racism, The Dalton School