Mission and Values

Our Mission Statement

Dutchess Day School is an elementary and middle school that provides a strong academic foundation, values children’s natural curiosity, and fosters an enduring enthusiasm for learning. In an atmosphere of trust and mutual respect, students are encouraged to take intellectual, athletic, and artistic risks and to develop independence, confidence, and imagination.

A talented and dedicated faculty maintains high standards within a balanced curriculum that challenges students to discover their unique strengths.

The School seeks diversity and respects the individuality of each child. Students share their talents through collaboration and through service to the School, the community, and the larger world.

Community Code

"There is something special about a “pre-K to 8” school: as students progress together as friends and classmates from early childhood to the brink of adulthood, they hold a real affection for DDS because it is a wonderful place to grow up."
- Charles Umiker, former teacher