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 to have pioneered an online school affiliated with the Dwight School in New York City, and their global network of schools. 

Our founder Kirk Spahn was the President of 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, Kirk Spahn became the co-founder of the Dwight Global Online School. 

In 2019, the Dwight School and the Institute for Civic Leadership joined forces under Kirk Spahn’s leadership to create ICL Academy and 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.