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At Dutchess Day School every student participates in physical education classes during the school day, two to four times a week. The physical education program is designed to encourage physical activity and to promote good sportsmanship, cooperation, and respect for others. The correlation between health and fitness is explored, and activities that promote health and fitness are a vital part of the program. In the early grades, students learn basic motor and game skills. In the middle grades, students learn the rules and concepts of games, with an emphasis on teamwork, cooperative problem solving, and respect. In the seventh and eighth grades, the PE program has a dual objective. First, students gain sports experiences that will help prepare them for the transition to high school athletics. Second, students are introduced to sports and activities that they can participate in throughout their lives. The goal is to engender a desire in each student to pursue lifelong participation in physical activity.

“The physical education program is designed to encourage physical activity and to promote good sportsmanship, cooperation, and respect for others.”

In addition to the physical education curriculum, upper school students (grades 5-8) may participate in an after school athletics program, in which DDS teams compete against teams from a number of regional private schools in New York and Connecticut. While all students are encouraged to participate in one of the after school sports, participation is optional.

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Interscholastic Sports




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Outdoor sports are played on the athletic fields of our 29-acre campus. Our tennis team uses the facilities at the nearby Millbrook Golf and Tennis Club and our squash team use the facilities at Millbrook School.

Indoor sports, as well as physical education classes, take place in our two gymnasiums. The newer gymnasium was opened in September of 2002 and features a full-size basketball court, girls and boys locker rooms, a conference room, and office space. The second gymnasium also houses a basketball court, a tennis court, and locker rooms.

Between January and March, our Friday afternoon ski and skate program offers students the choice of skiing at the Catamount Ski Area (parent participation is required for younger students) or ice skating at the Millbrook School rink. Lessons for each sport are included.


Concussion Policy

Parent concussions fact sheet can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/parents_fact_sheet-a.pdf

Athlete concussion fact sheet can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/pdf/athletes_fact_sheet-a.pdf

More information on concussions can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/