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 
2016 School Data
The Kildonan School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 6-12, PG 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) 2-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1969 1910
Campus Size 150 acres 105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 80 students 298 students
% Students of Color
8%
20%
% International Students
10%
20%
% Students Boarding
65%
66%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Lands End)
Casual
Average Class Size 8 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:3 1:7
Number of IB Courses Offered 5 -
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
30%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $1 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$70,000
(5 day boarding 67,000)
$52,698
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$51,000
(Grades 2-5 $39,9000 6-12,PG $51,000)
$28,400
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$67,000 $38,500
% Students on Financial Aid
43%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $23,500 $22,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
60%
57%
Director of AdmissionsMimi Babcock

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 10 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 10 23
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 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Adelphi University 1
Colorado Mountain College 1
Colorado State University 1
Cooper Union 1
Cornell University 1
Davis and Elkins 1
Lynn University 1
Muhlenberg College 1
New England College 1
Roger Williams University 1

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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