The Kildonan School

Amenia, New York, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Located 90 miles north of New York City, Kildonan is a college-preparatory school for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. Students study traditional subjects in small classes and develop their skills in one-on-one tutorials. Nightly supervised study halls are part of the academic program. The tutors are carefully trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. There is a strong emphasis on the arts and healthy activities. All students participate in interscholastic or individual sports.

425 Morse Hill Road, Amenia, New York, USA 12501

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Director of Admission: Beth Rainey
Admissions Phone:845-373-2012Fax:845-373-2004
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $50
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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Campus Master Plan Goes Live!

Posted on January 14, 2012
We are excited to announce a new addition to Kildonan’s website: the Campus Master Plan section. Now you can view all the main details of the master plan simply by visiting our website. Click the link above or click the Master Plan button on any page of the site. Hard copies of the Master Plan ar

  • Founded: 1969
  • Campus Size: 350 acres
  • Grades Offered: 2nd-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NYSAIS
Student Body
Grades 5th-post-grad
Grades 2nd-post-grad
Girls     15 5 20
Boys     27 24 51
Total     42 29 71

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $68,900
  • 5-Day Boarding: $66,200
  • Day Tuition Fee: $49,900
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 43.00%
  • Average Awarded: $24
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $1,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Department Director: Robert Lane

Average Class Size: 6

Full Time Teachers: 57

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 30.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 2/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • 5-Day Boarding
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Orton-Gillingham
  • Literature
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Health
  • Physics
  • Forensics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Multimedia
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Publications
  • Sculpture
  • Studio Art
  • Woodworking
  • Multimedia
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Internships
  • Effort System Project Eye-to-Eye
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Project Eye-to-Eye

AP Courses Available:

Department Director: Karl Oppenheimer

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 3

No. of Girls Dorms: 1

No. of Boys Dorms: 2

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Formal

Student Life

Summary: Kildonan adopts a strict dress code for school (Lands' End School Uniforms), but casual dress is appropriate after academic classes. Kildonan has an exceptional winter term ski/ snowboarding program. Students who remain on campus for weekends enjoy exciting weekend trips and activities.


  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Indoor basketball court(s)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Environmental Club
  • Gardening
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Skateboarding Clubs
  • Snowboarding
  • Student Government
  • Weightlifting
  • Woodworking Club
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga

Arts Department Director: Sandra Charlap

Athletics Department Director: Blake Wynot

  • Brass Ensemble
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Basketball
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Power Lifting
  • Skateboarding
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting
  • Cycling

Department Director: Eckert Hoyt

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

New England College
Savannah School of Art
Mitchell College

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: Dunnabeck at Kildonan, the oldest residential program of its kind, was established in 1955 to meet the needs in a camp setting of intelligent children who are underachieving or failing in their academic work because of dyslexia or language based learning differences. Dunnabeck at Kildonan provides the necessary kinds of teaching to students who return from their summer of intensive work to find successes in school, often for the first time. The camp's outdoor setting, informal atmosphere, and varied recreational program enables students to work hard without feeling that they are being deprived of a summer. To achieve this, the camp recreational program is designed to complement rather than compete with the academic one. Specifically, we concentrate on those activities that develop self-confidence and creativity since failure in school seems to inhibit creativity as well as erode confidence.

Department Director: Jeremy Robbins

Camp Dunnabeck at Kildonan

June 27, 2014 to August 08, 2014

A six-week academic summer program for students (ages 8-16) with dyslexia or a language-based learning difference. Students receive one-to-one Orton-Gillingham language tutorials daily, in addition to traditional, fun, camp activities.

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2014
Tuition: $100,000
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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