This page includes answers to some of the most commonly asked parent questions, important information from the Business Office, and travel information from the Dean of Students Office. If you cannot find the information you are looking for, please call the main school telephone number during business hours Monday through Friday (845-677-8261) or the AOD or MOD (listed at the bottom of this page) during evening hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 11 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: I have to get in touch with my child immediately (between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.)

    Call the school's main number - 677-8261
  • Q: I have a question of an academic nature

    Begin the conversation with your child's advisor. If there is a specific question regarding course selections or struggles in a particular course, IIIrd and IVth form parents should contact Academic Dean Jeffrey Smith (jsmith@millbrook.org or 845-677-3798). Vth and VIth form parents should contact Academic Dean Jarratt Clarke (jclarke@millbrook.org or 845-677-3798).
  • Q: My child will be late for school

    Call the Miller Brown Health Center, 677-5612
  • Q: My child must leave early/miss class time (medical reasons)

    Call the Miller Brown Health Center, 677-5612
  • Q: My child must leave early/miss class time (non-medical reasons)

    IIIrd and IVth form parents should contact Academic Dean Jeffrey Smith (jsmith@millbrook.org or 845-677-3798) and Vth and VIth form parents should contact Academic Dean Jarratt Clarke (jclarke@millbrook.org or 845-677-3798).
  • Q: I have a question about billing or finances

    Call the Business Office at 845-677-5361 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EST.
  • Q: I have a question related to package delivery: UPS, Fed Ex, and the like.

    Call the Business Office at 845-677-5361 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EST.
  • Q: I have a question about transportation for my child

    Call Assistant to the Dean of Students Maria Shanks at 845-677-6753 or email her between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. EST.
  • Q: I have a question about lost and found items

    Call the Business Office at 845-677-5361 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EST.
  • Q: I have a question about weekend permissions.

    Call Assistant to the Dean of Students Maria Shanks at 845-677-6753 or email her between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Q: Where can I stay when visiting my child?

    Please click here to access our Visitors Center page, which includes a list of places to stay.

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  • Information for International Students

    Millbrook charges an international student fee of $1,500.00 per year to help support the international student program. All those who require an I-20 to study in our country are assessed this fee in the July billing.
    1. The international student advisors coordinate activities in this program by:
    2. Helping with the orientation of international students to Millbrook School.
    3. Planning activities on-campus and off-campus which allow the students to become more familiar with each other and with areas of local and historical interest.
    4. Working as a liaison with the students' faculty advisors.
    5. Acting as a resource for content area teachers of students for whom English is a second language.
    6. Working with the admissions office and the dean of faculty to ensure the proper placement in academic courses.
    7. Handling matters of insurance and visas.
    8. Helping to locate home stays or other accommodations for students during long weekends and vacations.
    9. Counseling the students.
    10. Serving as a resource for the faculty and as a link with all the administrative offices.
    Our international student advisors are Mrs. Eleni Stefanopoulos and Mr. Luke Westman. Please feel free to contact them at (845) 677-8261 or via email at estefanopoulos@millbrook.org or lwestman@millbrook.org.
  • Instructions for Wiring Money to Millbrook School

    Please log in to the Millbrook website and refer to wiring information from the Business Office available on the parent Resouces board.
  • Transportation Information

    Airport Transportation
    The Dean of Students Office is happy to assist and coordinate with a local livery service for those families that need transportation for their student to and from airports for school breaks andweekends.

    Please contact Maria Shanks in the Dean of Students Office at mshanks@millbrook.org or 845-677-6753 and provide your student’s itinerary including name, airport, travel date/times, airline and flight numbers. This must be done at least three days in advance so that she can coordinate with Anna’s Airport and Limousine Service, a professional, insured, and reliable livery service. We will, when possible, group students traveling to the same airports together and share the cost equally between all the passengers. The cost of each trip varies depending on airport, time of day, type of vehicle, andnumber of passengers. Taxes, tolls, and tips are included in the cost and will be billed directly to your student’s “My Millbrook Spending” account. (The school does not charge a fee for coordinating this.) Please note: While there is a cost savings if we are able to group students traveling to/from the airport together, there will also be times when your student has to wait either before or after their own scheduled flight to accommodate others traveling on the sameride.

    There are numerous airports in the tri-state area.  The most frequently used are John F. Kennedy (JFK), LaGuardia (LGA), and Westchester (HPN). It you choose these airports, it increases the possibility that your student will be able to be grouped with other students. Please schedule flights well after your student’s last school commitment or dismissal time to allow for travel, traffic, weather, and security check in at airports (at least 4-5 hours for JFK). Please refer to the calendar for school vacations and dismissal times before purchasingtickets.

    We are aware of a number of families who currently have personal accounts with Anna’s Airport and Limousine Service (www.annaslimo.com), and, if you prefer, you are welcome to make your own arrangements and payment directly with them or any other livery service you select.
     
    Trains
    The closest train station for service to New York City is Wassaic, New York (Metro-North Harlem Line with service to NYC). The station is 15 minutes fromschool. The school provides free transportation to/from the train station before and after breaks and long weekends and on open weekends. Train tickets can be purchased at the station with cash or credit card.
     
    Before/After Breaks and Long Weekends:
    • Activity Bus will leave after school is dismissed for the holiday or long weekend.  Departure times vary and will be posted. Students must sign up on the Activities Board in Schoolhouse. 
    • Activity Bus will pick up from the train station at a prearranged time. 
    Non–scheduled departure times will require students to make their own arrangements at their own cost.
     
    Open Weekends (No transportation provided on closed weekends)

    Saturday

    • Activity Bus will leave campus for the train station promptly at 2:00 p.m. (for 2:25 p.m. train**)
    • Activity Bus will leave campus for the train station promptly at 6:00 p.m. (for 6:21 p.m. train**) 
    Sunday
    • Activity Bus will pick up at the train station at approximately 7:37 p.m.** (Train leaves NYC Grand Central at approximately 5:22 p.m.**) 
    **Times vary slightly depending on season
     
    Students must sign up on the Activities Board in SchoolhouseNo transportation to/from the Wassaic station will be set up by the school for other times. For other times students may call taxi only if they have parental permission.  Please Note:  If students don’t sign up and ride or sign up and don’t show up, there will be a $10 charge to the student’s spending account. To avoid a charge, please email MOD@millbrook.org if plans change.
     
    Tickets for the train can be purchased at the station with cash or credit card.  Remember, students must have parental permission to leave and must sign out with MOD before leaving.
     
    Metro-North Railway Train Schedule can be viewed at www.mta.com.
     
    Amtrak
    Amtrak services Poughkeepsie, NY (POU) with connecting service north and south (50 minutes from school to the station).  We can assist with transportation to the AMTRAK station in Poughkeepsie (the cost is $40 each way). Students must make arrangements with Mrs. Arndt in the Health Center at least three days in advance. AMTRAK tickets must be purchased by the student (online or at the station).  For schedules, tickets and information please visit www.amtrak.com.
     
    Taxis
    In each instance you would like your child to use a taxi service, you must email the Dean of Students Office (mshanks@millbrook.org) and MOD (MOD@millbrook.org) to provide permission. The following list is not exhaustive and is provided as a convenience only; inclusion on this list does not constitute an endorsement or warranty by Millbrook School. Students and parents are encouraged to investigate all of their transportation options and to choose the option that is best for them. Students must pay the driver at the time of drive.
     
    Lakeville Taxi Service
    Salisbury, CT
    (860) 435-8000
     
    Millbrook Car Service LLC
    Millbrook,  NY
    845-264-5401
     
    Taxi Man
    Wassaic,  NY
    845-789-1242
    dutchesstaximan@yahoo.com
  • Travel Requirements and Guidelines for Students

    To aid in your transportation from and to school, the following information should be of help:

    1. Make transportation arrangements ASAP.  If traveling by air, check with your parents to be aware of what your flight schedule(s) will be, and please check with airline prior to departure to make certain there are no delays or cancellations. This information should get to the Dean of Students Office well in advance of your travel so that we can make arrangements to get you to the airport or train station on time.

    2. You need to be at the designated airport according to the following schedule:
    One hour prior to scheduled departure for domestic flights
    Two hours prior to scheduled departure for international flights

    IF YOU HAVE ARRANGED WITH THE DEAN OF STUDENTS OFFICE TO BE DRIVEN TO AN AIRPORT OR TRAIN, YOU WILL MEET THE DRIVER in the small quad. Find out from the Mrs. Shanks the name of the person who will be driving you. Please be at the small quad at least 15 minutes before your departure from Millbrook.

    3. Luggage - carry-on luggage is greatly restricted. Check with your particular airline prior to flight.
    The following items cannot be packed in carry-on luggage:
    A. Knives of any length
    B. Cutting instruments of any kind (metallic or non-metallic) including carpet knives, box cutters and other folding or retractable blades, regardless of length
    C. Items such as ice picks, straight razors, elongated scissors and knitting needles. (Safety/disposable razors, such as Bic and Gillette, are allowed)
    D. Presently, liquids and gels of any kind
    4. Bring photo identification - needed for check-in and boarding process. If you are traveling overseas, bring your passport. If you are an international student who will be returning to the US, please bring your passport and I-20 (make sure it is signed by Mrs. Stefanopoulos or Mr. Westman). Driver’s license or passport will meet identification requirements as well as a photo ID from Millbrook School.

    5. Bring your tickets! According to American Airlines, “Passenger screening checkpoints will only accept those passengers with a ticket or ticket confirmation for the current travel date. A ticket or ticket confirmation includes a paper ticket, a boarding pass, official travel agency or airline-generated itinerary receipt confirming an electronic ticket, or airline/airport issued entrance document.”

    6. Security Checkpoints. You most likely will be asked to have carry-on items thoroughly checked - see list above of items not to bring with you in your carry-on bag. Be prepared to be stopped at various times in airports for random checks for identification, tickets, or even bags. DO NOT LOCK LUGGAGE TO BE CHECKED. KEEP VALUABLES WITH YOU.

    DO NOT LEAVE ANY BAG UNATTENDED AT ANY TIME. Be patient and attentive to requests made. Be alert at all airports.

    7. Returning to Millbrook School - you will have made arrangements to be picked up at airports or train terminals before you leave school. Make sure you know the name of the person who will provide your transportation back to Millbrook. You normally will meet the carrier at the end of the baggage claim location. Often we will arrange to pickup others who are arriving shortly before or after your arrival time. Please be patient and wait for your ride. If you are not met at a reasonable time, please call the school 845-677-5361 during normal business hours, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. On Saturday or Sunday, please contact the MOD (Master on Duty) by calling the general school number (845-677-8261 x195) or emailing mod@millbrook.orgIF YOU ARE DELAYED, PLEASE CALL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WE CAN MAKE ALTERNATE ARRANGEMENTS.

    If you have any questions before you leave, please check with Dean of Students Dan Skoglund or his assistant Mrs. Maria Shanks.

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  • What is "My Millbrook Spending"?

    • It is a debit system. All student charges, with the exception of tuition, will be processed through the “My Millbrook Spending” debit system. Although we will not be issuing a card, the idea is similar to an ATM card in that purchases and withdrawals can only be made as long as there is a sufficient balance in the account to cover the transaction.
    • Every student is required to have a “My Millbrook Spending” account.
    • A minimum initial deposit of $1,000 for boarding students and $500 for day students is required to activate the account.
    • The debit system gives our students a valuable and realistic financial experience while allowing parents to retain control over their child’s spending.
  • How does it work?

    • A student’s use of the system is divided into two categories, discretionary and non-discretionary.
    • Parents can place limits in some categories, beyond which the system will not authorize spending.
    • Statements will be emailed once a month to the preferred email address that you provide on the worksheet, along with a copy to the student.
    • Unused balances will be returned when a student completes their education at Millbrook School.
  • What do I have to do?

    • Please complete and return the “My Millbrook Spending” debit system worksheet to the Business office via mail, email at myspending@millbrook.org  or fax: (845) 677-0339.
    • Fund your initial deposit. Ways to fund the account are listed below. Along with “My Millbrook Spending”, we would like to introduce you to MyKidsSpending.com. This user-friendly website allows parents to fund and view the debit account at any time. The system synchronizes with our database once a day, providing up-to-date information on your student’s spending in each category. Even if you choose to fund the account by sending a check, we would like to encourage you to sign up with this website. Setting up an account is a very simple process, all you will need is your student’s ID number and your preferred email address.
  • How do I fund the account?

    • MyKidsSpending.com: via credit card or electronic check. This can be at your discretion or by setting up auto replenish (via EFT). We highly recommend this feature since checks sent directly to Millbrook School could take up to 5 business days to arrive and be processed.
    • Wire Transfer: Please reference student name, and “MMS” in memo field. Wire information is available here, as well as in the Business Office.
    • Mail a check to: Millbrook School, Attn: Business Office. Please indicate your student’s name and “MMS” in the memo field on the check.
    • In-person in the Business Office at Millbrook School.
  • What are the spending categories?

    The following provides an explanation of each spending category for which the My Millbrook Spending debit system will be used. Funds within debit accounts are NOT held within specific categories. 

    Non-Discretionary Purchases: involve purchases which are generally essential in nature and cannot be restricted except by the availability of funds in the account.
    • Academic Supplies: Includes teacher handouts, course-books, and other academically required items, and laundry cards.
    • Transportation: Includes transportation to and from airports, bus, train stations, and health center related transportation charges. The amount in this category can vary widely depending on your student’s travel requirements.
    • Athletic Charges: Generally, students participating in inter-scholastic sports will be issued uniforms by the school. Charges to this category would include required athletic clothing and equipment. Personal items, such as footwear, gloves, skates, rackets, lacrosse sticks, and hockey sticks, etc., will be the student’s responsibility.
    • Health Center: This category covers all health related charges, such as vaccinations, infirmary charges, and prescriptions.
    • Miscellaneous: This category covers all student charges not provided for in other expense categories. Items to be included are academic testing, lab and art fees, library charges, room or property damage, and postage.
    Discretionary Purchases: Those which supplement the core school programs, and although we do not require restrictions, spending limits can be placed on the following areas. 

    Please note: students will not be able to make discretionary purchases unless funds are available. 
    • Personal Allowance: Is your student’s access to cash for off campus personal spending. There is a pre-set limit of $25/week. This amount can be increased or decreased. If the full restricted amount of allowance is not withdrawn each week, the allowance will accrue from week to week while the school is in session. Parental permission will be required to exceed restricted limits. (See Extraordinary Cash Withdrawals below). The school also has an ATM machine available on campus.
    • Extraordinary Withdrawals: This category is to cover special cash requirements not covered by personal allowance. Specific instructions are required for release of funds. Written parental permission must be emailed (myspending@millbrook.org) or faxed (845) 677-0339, and must be received 48 hours in advance.
    • School Store: Provides school supplies, toiletries, and various clothing items.
    • Snack Bar: Provides food outside dining service hours.
    • Trevor Zoo Mill: Provides zoo keepsakes, i.e. plushies, t-shirts, DVDs, and locally made soaps and lotions. 
  • Is there a minimum balance requirement?

    We suggest an ongoing balance of $100 during the school year. On April 15th, MMS will automatically set a $100 spending threshold to all VI formers' accounts to ensure that all last minute charges and purchases will have sufficient balance. Unused balances will be returned when students complete their education at Millbrook School.