The Reading Barn at Dutchess Day School

Summer Reading Fun For Your Child

The Reading Barn gives your child a fun and creative experience, enhancing their reading, writing, and math skills on the beautiful Dutchess Day School campus for the summer of 2022. Dutchess Day is located on rural farmland with a majestic view of the pond, athletic fields, and Walbridge Farm in the distance. The classrooms offer modern facilities within the structure of the original farmhouse, and our creative arts classes are conducted in the open air under a large tent, all within the safety and serenity of breathtaking Millbrook, New York. We custom-design an academic program to meet each child’s individual needs.

This summer, the program will accept enrollment of up to 50 students. Please review the Program section below to learn more.


The Reading Barn enrolls children from the pre-kindergarten level (who have completed preschool) through grade six (students who have completed fifth grade). The objective is to offer a comprehensive educational tutoring experience in a relaxed, fun-filled environment and to ingrain a love of learning.

Each child receives a custom-designed individual educational plan based upon a parent conference and an evaluation from a classroom teacher. Students are then enrolled for enrichment, remediation, or maintenance of academic skills. Your child’s plan will address the following needs according to their requirements:

  • An enrichment program for the gifted
  • Special needs including dyslexia, ADD, ADHD (please note, special needs children are eligible for 10% reduced rates)
  • Maintenance of grade level skills

Every student receives forty-five minutes each of reading, creative writing or math, and creative arts instruction daily. Each week academic and arts-related activities revolve around a theme. For example, if the theme is wildlife, student projects and assignments would address the topic animals. In addition, a visiting zookeeper or veterinarian would present to students and their families on Thursdays.

Hours of Operation

The 2022 five-week summer program begins Tuesday, July 5. After the first three-day week, which begins Tuesday, July 5, the program operates Monday through Thursday until Thursday, August 4. The Reading Barn operates Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Sample Schedule

9:30-9:45 a.m. – Assembly
9:45-10:30 a.m. – Reading
10:30-10:45 a.m. – Snack Time
10:45-11:30 a.m. – Creative Writing or Math
11:30-12:15 p.m. – Creative Arts
12:15-12:30 p.m. – Clean Up
12:30 p.m. – Dismissal


The Reading Barn is a five-week program designed to reinforce reading, writing and math skills. If your child has academic challenges, it is highly recommended that he or she attend for the entire duration. Students enrolled for enrichment could be considered for one week of absence or an alternative schedule.