The Kildonan School

425 Morse Hill Rd.
Amenia, NY 12501
Tel: 845-373-2012
  • The Kildonan School is a leading co-educational boarding and day school for students with dyslexia and/or language-based learning differences, grades 2-12 and PG. Located two hours north of Manhattan on a beautiful 150-acre campus, it offers daily 1:1 Orton-Gillingham tutoring and a competitive curriculum, which includes integrated assistive technology, athletics, and the arts.
  • The inquiry-based subject matter curriculum provides interdisciplinary, active, collaborative learning for all students with a small class size and Orton-Gillingham-trained faculty.
  • Students in grades 11 and 12 can choose to study in a year-long Independent Project of their design.
  • Kildonan graduates have a 100% college acceptance rate. Dunnabeck at Kildonan is the oldest established summer camp for kids with dyslexia.
  • Established in 1955 to meet the needs of intelligent children who are underachieving or failing in their academic work because of dyslexia, it offers children a fun, educational experience centered around daily one-to-one OG tutoring.
  • The recreational programs (e.g. horseback riding, arts & crafts, water-skiing) enable students to work hard without feeling deprived of a summer.
  • Dunnabeck at Kildonan provides an individualized, enjoyable experience enabling each student to return from his or her summer to find success in school, some for the first time.

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
The Kildonan SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)6-12, PG9-12
Grades Offered (Day)2-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19691910
Campus Size150 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment80 students300 students
% Students of Color
8%
20%
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
65%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Lands End)
Casual
Average Class Size8 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:31:7
Number of IB Courses Offered5-
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
30%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$1 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$70,000
(5 day boarding 67,000)
$52,760
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$51,000
(Grades 2-5 $39,9000 6-12,PG $51,000)
$28,270
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$67,000$38,200
% Students on Financial Aid
43%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$23,500$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
60%
57%
Director of AdmissionsMimi Babcock

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1014
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1023
ExtracurricularsCommunity Service Club, Dorm Prefect System, Horseback Riding, Music, Project Eye-to-Eye, Ski and Snowboard Program, Student Council, Student Leadership, Theater, Two- and three-dimensional art

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 201310 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Adelphi University1
Colorado Mountain College1
Colorado State University1
Cooper Union1
Cornell University1
Davis and Elkins1
Lynn University1
Muhlenberg College1
New England College1
Roger Williams University1

School Notes

  • The Kildonan School is a coeducational day and boarding school (5 and 7 day boarding options) for students with dyslexia and/or language-based learning differences (grades 2-12,PG). Kildonan's mission is to empower students by increasing self-esteem and motivation. Each student receives daily one-to-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring. In addition, Kildonan offers small, college-preparatory classes, assistive technolgy program, extensive artistic opportunities, and competitive sports teams. Kildonan graduates have a 100% college acceptance rate. Dunnabeck at Kildonan is the oldest established summer camp for kids with dyslexia. Established in 1955 to meet the needs of intelligent children who are underachieving or failing in their academic work because of dyslexia, it offers children a fun, educational experience centered around daily one-to-one OG tutoring. The recreational programs (e.g. horseback riding, arts & crafts, water-skiing) enable students to work hard without feeling deprived of a summer. Dunnabeck at Kildonan provides an individualized, enjoyable experience enabling each student to return from his or her summer to find success in school, some for the first time.
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia, language-based learning differences
  • School accreditations: NYSAIS, AOGPE, TABS
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