The Kildonan School

  • Kildonan is a co-educational day and boarding school for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences.
  • Kildonan serves day students in grades 2-12 and boarding students in grades 7-12.
  • Founded in 1969, Kildonan offers one-to-one daily Orton-Gillingham tutoring, a college-preparatory curriculum, and small, multisensory subject matter classes.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other special emphasis association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 2-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia/Language-based LD
Year Founded1969
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students82 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 28%
Students by Grade The Kildonan School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
40%
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Lands End School Uniforms)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$63,800
Tuition Notes$63,800 7-day boarding; $61,300 5-day boarding;$46,900 day student; $37,100 elementary
Average Financial Aid Grant$15,000

Sports

Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBasketball, Equestrian, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, WeightliftingBasketballEquestrian,
LacrosseMountain Biking,
SnowboardingSoccer,
TennisWeightlifting,

School Notes

  • The Kildonan School is a coeducational day and boarding school for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences. Located in Amenia, NY, halfway between NYC and Albany, Kildonan accepts students with average to above-average intelligence who may be frustrated in school because of their learning difference (i.e. difficulty with reading, spelling, and/or writing). Serving grades 2-12. The school's mission is to empower students with dyslexia to reach their potential by increasing self-esteem and academic motivation. Each student's schedule includes daily one-on-one Orton-Gillingham tutoring and small, college-preparatory subject matter classes. The school has well developed arts and athletic programs and an immensely popular ski/snowboard program. Five minutes away from Metro-North, Kildonan offers 7-day boarding, 5-day boarding, and day options. During the summer, Kildonan hosts the esteemed academic summer camp, Dunnabeck at Kildonan, for students ages 8-16.
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  • Amenia
    Maplebrook School
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    2 miles
    5142 Route 22
    Amenia, NY 12501
    (845)373-8191
    2 6-12
    100
  • Millbrook
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    9.9 miles
    415 Route 343
    Millbrook, NY 12545
    (845)677-5014
    9.9 PK-8
    178
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    82.9 miles
    126 West 17th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    (646)638-2705
    82.9 4-12
    237
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    All-boys (Episcopal)
    Grades: 7-12 | 293 students
    21.6 miles
    700 Route 22
    Pawling, NY 12564
    (845)855-4825
    21.6 7-12
    293
  • Greenwich
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    59.7 miles
    45 Glenville Road
    Greenwich, CT 06831
    (203)622-9240
    59.7 K-9
    265

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
This school has changed our son's life. He has a new love of learning. We have seen such progress since sending our son to Kildonan. They also offer wonderful arts and music programs. My son cannot wait to go to school in the morning. Teachers are wonderful and caring. Small classroom size is a plus!
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Kildonan and camp Dunnabeck changed our son's life. I'm not sure what their magic formula is, but after starting at Dunnabeck, and continuing as a full-time boarder at Kildonan, he found himself and flourished academically and socially. An extraordinary group of people run this school, and we will be forever in their debt.
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5  
The best school of its type . Learning differently students are given their confidence back by a host of caring , loving , supportive miracle workers . Each is a part in the process . Academics , sports , the arts , hands on projects , college prep and more it's all here . May Kildonan help forever!
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