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Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, USA view map
All Boys, No Religious Affiliation
1888 Brett Lane, Saltsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
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Admissions Phone:724-639-8035Toll-Free Admissions:877-547-5448Fax:724-639-8596
The Kiski School conducts several Open House events each year. These events include presentations by the Headmaster, Athletic Director, and College Counselor; classroom presentations by teachers; a campus tour; and a formal lunch with faculty, staff, and current students.
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Average Class Size: 10
Full Time Teachers: 38
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 50.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6/1
Summer Programs Offered: Offered
Number of AP Courses Offered: 13
Summary: Vibrant. Positive. Enriching. Supportive. This is the foundation of the Kiski experience.
Add another word: friendship. The friends you make at Kiski are the friends you'll keep for the rest of your life.
You'll make these friends through a shared experience of excellent academic preparation inside the classroom and engaging activities, events, and programs outside the classroom. (Kiski Boys have fun, whether through sports, enjoying the great outdoors, doing something artistic, or simply sitting and talking.)
True, we're a seven-day boarding school. You'll live in a dormitory along with other boys and faculty members and their families, but living at Kiski doesn't mean giving up your family. They can visit at any time.
These shared experiences help foster personal growth, hone leadership skills and prepare you for the future.
Department Director: Sandy Acquard
Number of Dorms: 6
No. of Boys Dorms: 6
Dress Code: Formal
Summary: A pillar of the Kiski experience...
Along with academics and athletics, residential life is one of the keystones of the Kiski experience. More than half of a boy's hours at Kiski are spent in and around the dormitory. There are few places where a boy can interact with his peers 16 hours a day – The Kiski School is one of them. Under the supervision of prefects and dorm masters, Kiski boys develop lifelong friendships and learn to be accepting of differences while living in our dorms.
Supporting personal growth and development.
Nothing more fully prepares our boys to be gentlemen throughout their lives than the boarding experience at The Kiski School. It is this aspect of the Kiski experience where boys learn the proper behavior for a member of a community. In addition to the independence required to care for oneself, our boys cooperate with their roommates, working together to keep their room tidy and to resolve the inevitable petty squabbles associated with adolescence. They will learn to schedule their time, avoid procrastination and develop the universally respected habit of punctuality.
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The Kiski School has a long and distinguished athletic history. The young men who attend Kiski learn a great deal about themselves through their athletic participation. Kiski values the “athletic experience” and the benefits it produces for our students. The concepts of team work, unselfishness, working toward a common goal, and never giving up are invaluable lessons that our graduates carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Kiski coaches have a tremendous ability to make the average athlete better, and the better athlete greater. The reason for this is simple: because our coaches spend the extra time with our athletes before and after practice. Kiski produces Division I athletes, but we are just as proud of our Division II and III athletes.
Kiski has twenty-three athletic teams and participates in over 300 contests, so there are plenty of opportunities to explore a variety of athletic challenges. Many of our students will participate in sports they have never played before and succeed at them. They come to Kiski as freshmen with little to no experience in a sport, and by the time they graduate they have earned All-League honors.
In our art studio, students paint, sketch, sculpt, and create other forms of visual artwork.
Our drama program produces three major performances each year, and brief sketches on special occasions.
The music program provides a wealth of opportunities for Kiski boys to develop and share their talent. Introductory courses teach performance, theoretical, and listening skills. The instrumental music program includes a jazz and symphonic ensemble with opportunities for individual study with private instructors. Two singing ensembles, the Glee Club and the Double Quartet, tackle music from the classic Americana to contemporary a cappella. All groups perform numerous times throughout the year, including trips to nearby girls' schools for joint concerts.
Arts Department Director: Kim Conover-Loar
Athletics Department Director: Chris Spahn
Summary: The College Counseling Team at Kiski is committed to helping our boys with the entire college search process. We work in conjunction with the administration, faculty, students and parents in an attempt to find a proper fit for the college bound student. Accordingly, there is a specific agenda that we follow for each group of our boys along the way.
Clearly the college search process is an important one to all people involved; certainly we take our role quite seriously in the College Counseling Office. Working as a team with the administration, faculty and students, we aspire to place each one of our boys in the college or university that offers the best “fit”. Throughout this entire process we will be here as an advocate for each one of our boys and their parents. We are available for any questions that may come up along the way. Also, please take some time to peruse the list of helpful internet sites as well as some helpful forms that we’ve developed which should provide additional support during this process.
Department Director: Jaye Beebe
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
Beano Cook (Class of 1949) He began by serving as Pitt's sports information director for ten years — then went on to ABC Sport as NCAA press director, to the St. Petersburg Times as a sports writer, to the Miami Dolphins as a public relations director, and back to ABC Sports as a telecaster for another four years.Finally, in 1986, he signed on with ESPN, serving there as a radio and television commentator
John Murtha (Class of 1951) Congressman Murtha represented the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and chaired the subcommittee on defense, which controls the largest component of the federal budget. At Kiski, he played varsity basketball and baseball.
Jack Hanna (Class of 1965) At Kiski, Jack was a prefect, played varsity football and baseball, and sang in the Glee Club. As director of the Columbus Zoo, Jack manages the facility and supports national and international efforts to conserve habitat and wildlife.
James Moore, Jr. (Class of 1971) Professor Jim Moore is the former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development and helped to launch the Uruguay Round, which led to the creation of the World Trade Organization. He also served as the chief U.S. negotiator for several bilateral commercial agreements, including the last trade and economic agreement with the Soviet Union. He has served on the boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the U.S. Export-Import Bank as well as the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. For several years he represented the United States as Head of Delegation to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
David Conrad (Class of 1985) We had no idea he was going to use his Kiski Drama Club experience as a springboard to Hollywood. Now, suddenly, he's a big star!
Curtis Enis (Class of 1995) When the country's hottest young backfield prospect asked Joe Paterno how to prepare for the Penn State academic program, Paterno suggested Kiski (where his own son, Scott, graduated in 1991). It was a great decision for the School too because Curtis turned out to be a true Kiski boy. His positive personality and hard-nosed work ethic made their mark here — not only on the gridiron, but in the Glee Club, on the honor roll, and in the lives of his classmates and teachers.
Daryll Clark (Class of 2005) Daryll Clark was named the Nittany Lions' starting quarterback for the 2008 season. Clark's balanced, mistake-free performance throughout the first half of the season earned him the #6 spot on the Sporting News' list of the season's "Most Indispensable Players." Clark was elected team captain by his teammates prior to the 2009 season and at the end of the season Clark established many Penn State records for quarterbacks.
Summary: SUMMER ESL AT KISKI
Kiski offers one of the best summer ESL programs in the world for international boys. Situated on a bluff overlooking the Kiskiminetas River and town of Saltsburg, Kiski has a spectacular resort-like campus that resembles a Victorian village. This majestic campus, located just 40 minutes from America's "2009 most livable city" Pittsburgh (according to Forbes magazine), has 350 acres of towering pines, streams, and fields coupled with state of the art facilities that include: a golf course, tennis courts, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, football and soccer fields, a baseball diamond, a first class weight room, miles of hiking trails, spacious Tudor-style dormitories, a just built spectacular multi-million dollar student center and much more.
Upon arriving our students are interviewed and placed in appropriate class levels specifically tailored to their English needs and with other children from all over the world. Our classrooms have it all: Power Point, smart boards, projectors, video and DVD players. Furthermore, classes take place in a spacious, carpeted, air-conditioned classroom in our award-winning John A. Pidgeon Library .
9:00-10:00AM: 1st class (Skyline-4 skills)
10:30-11:30AM: 2nd class (reading/writing)
1:00PM-1:50PM: 3rd class (Culture class)
2:00-2:30PM: Discussion Cafe
2:45-3:30PM: 4th class-(Hobby Shop)
6:30-7:10PM: Evening Activities in Swank Student Center
7:15-8:00PM: Study Hall
8:00-10:00PM: Night Trip
10:30PM: Lights out
In the afternoon students can participate in exciting activities such as: white water rafting , kayaking, bowling, caving, tennis, touch football, golf, frisbee-golf, basketball, hiking, baseball, soccer, soccer baseball, swimming, and more.
Monday Night: Food Party
Tuesday Night: Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday night: Walmart shopping trip
Thur night: ice cream Night
Friday night: Ghost Story Night
Saturday night: Mini Golf/Bowling Night
Sunday Night: Movie Night
On the weekend, we offer trips to Pittsburgh and surrounding areas In the past we have gone to Pirate baseball games, visited science and art museums, water parks, toured the Universities of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, eaten at authentic American and international restaurants ( Korean, Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Indian, etc.) and have had American style dinners at Mr. Kwiateks' house.
Kiski's Summer ESL teachers are highly talented and have many years of ESL experience.
ESL students will reside in one of our spacious Victorian style dormitories and have full access to our dayrooms, high speed internet, a laptop computer, and many other amenities.
Department Director: Brad Kwiatek
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