Emerging from the lower school as active learners, students have a strong foundation of skills and a great enthusiasm for investigation, reading, learning, and discussion. In the upper school, students move from class to class, with a core of homeroom teachers and advisors overseeing their progress. Academic subjects include science, mathematics, social studies/history, English, foreign language (French, Spanish, Latin), computers, art, music, and physical education. Dutchess Day School emphasizes independent thinking and exploration, a strong academic foundation in the key disciplines, writing and speaking skills, social and community responsibility, and integrity. As in the lower school, projects and field trips augment classroom study and provide many opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Fifth and sixth graders experience an in depth two year water study and marine biology curriculum which incorporate many field explorations and culminate in a week long environmental and biology field trip to Cape Cod. Seventh and eighth graders explore history and art in a week long trip to Washington, D.C. Historical landmarks in the Hudson Valley are excellent resources for students as they study American history. Local museums as well as the proximity to New York City provide rich opportunities for students to explore the arts. These learning adventures are exciting and highly anticipated traditions at Dutchess Day School.