Dutchess Day School feels very much like a home. Most classes are held under one roof in our main building, an extended and renovated nineteenth century farmhouse, and students and teachers eat together family style. Within this traditional setting, however, innovation thrives. Classrooms are large, with plenty of room for individual work, exploration, and hands-on learning. The school is fully equipped with an art room, a music rehearsal studio, a library, a computer lab, a dining room/auditorium, a preschool wing, and a brand new (summer 2014) science wing with a state-of-the-art laboratory. The main building is surrounded by gardens maintained by parents and students. An outdoor classroom offers a sheltered area for classes to meet in the fresh air. Beyond the recess fields and pond is our The Bontecou Gymnasium, built in 2002, and six acres of athletic fields. A second gym and an extensive lower-school playground sit atop a sledding hill and a play area for the upper school. Farmland and forested hills allow our teachers to extend their classrooms into outdoor exploration.
New Science Wing Opens Its Doors
Starting two days after graduation in June 2014, demolition crews brought down the school’s old science wing, dating back to the 1970s, and construction immediately began on a new, state-of-the-art wing. The new construction was built in about 11 weeks, and was ready for occupancy on September 4th when Dutchess Day School opened the doors for its 59th school year. The new space features three new classrooms where there were two, including a large, modern lecture and laboratory space for upper school science classes. The new classrooms have greater capacity to accommodate growing class sizes. A new staircase improves traffic flow in the school. In addition, lower school science moved to a newly renovated room nearer to their homerooms, making it more convenient and user friendly for K-4 students.
The Nancy Hathaway Science Wing has been named in honor of our current head of school, in recognition of her 20 years of devotion to Dutchess Day, first as a parent and trustee, later as a history teacher, and, for the last five years, at the helm.