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. 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.
In 2014, a thorough renovation of our science wing took place, transforming it into a state-of-the art facility that includes a science lab downstairs and two classrooms upstairs where there once was only one. The Nancy Hathaway Science Wing was named in honor of a former head of school.
New Performance, Arts, and Athletic Facility
During the spring and summer of 2016, the lower school gymnasium, built in 1975, was transformed into a multi-purpose building that provides much needed space for the music and theater departments, including a stage and auditorium with seating capacity of around 400, two new music rooms, and three practice rooms. The building continues to be used as a gymnasium for pre-K through 2nd grades.
With the move of the music and theater departments, additional renovations were made to the main school building. The reallocation of space allowed for enlargements to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade classrooms as well as the creation of a break-out room for small lower school instructional groups was added.
Along with the above-mentioned changes, the library is relocated in the former music space (plus much of the area where the stage was), and the dining room was enlarged to more comfortably fit our growing student body.