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Head of School Letter

Head of School Letter

Welcome to the Dutchess Day website.  I hope you will take some time to navigate through our pages to get a sense of the character of this special school.

Dutchess Day School was founded in 1955 by a group of families who believed in the benefits of a rigorous academic program, athletic accomplishment and appreciation for the arts.  The School has consistently followed its mission while embracing a tradition of service, environmental stewardship, collaborative learning and respect for others.

Our curriculum exposes each child to a wide range of courses to develop the skills necessary to achieve success in all future academic endeavors.  In addition to a core curriculum, students take classes in music, sports, art, technology, health, writing, and in 3rd, 6th, and 8th grade students participate in class musicals.  Students of all ages also make use of our library for reading and research.  A selection of electives rounds out our program, including individual musical-instrument lessons, two choruses, a jazz band, and a variety of clubs and activities, such as robotics, photography, and interscholastic sports.

We offer a traditional education but find innovative and often memorable ways to present the material.  In a warm, safe, and supportive environment, students comfortably interact with one another and their teachers and have the confidence to ask questions and share their opinions.

We are a small rural school with a strong sense of community.  For example, third graders pair up every week with their kindergarten reading buddies to read and listen to stories.  Second graders practice their writing skills by writing regularly to their eighth grade pen pals.  On Thursdays, our eighth graders lead the family style meal at lower school lunch, and during the year our Friday assemblies include cross-class activities.

Each child arrives for school and greets me with a handshake and a morning salutation.  You can almost feel their enthusiasm as they enter their school.  Our experienced teachers understand what makes each of their students unique.  When our graduates leave DDS after eighth grade, they are self-assured, self-aware and well prepared.

Our goal is to provide opportunities for children to tap their strengths, with the hope that these strengths will become lifelong passions.  From the frequent communications we receive from graduates, we know we are succeeding.


Nancy Hathaway

Head of School
Dutchess Day School