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The Kildonan School

The Kildonan School is a coeducational private boarding special needs school for students in grades 2 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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The Kildonan School says

The Kildonan School is a leading co-educational boarding and day school for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences, grades 2 through grades 12 and PG. Located two hours north of Manhattan on a beautiful 150-acre campus, we offer daily 1:1 Orton-Gillingham tutoring and a competitive curriculum which includes integrated assistive technology, athletics, and the arts.
Our inquiry-based subject matter curriculum offers interdisciplinary, active, collaborative learning for all students with 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. All students participate in both 2D and 3D visual art and design classes, and music program, which offers, individualized instruction in various instruments and voice. The athletic program offers both competitive and non-competitive sports options including skiing, horseback riding, tennis, soccer, and biking.
In the summer, Kildonan offers a six-week summer camp, Dunnabeck, with an engaging blend of daily 1:1 Orton-Gillingham remediation and confidence-building recreational activities.

Camp Dunnabeck at Kildonan

Since 1955, Camp Dunnabeck at Kildonan has helped intelligent children ages 8-16 with dyslexia and or/language based learning differences achieve academic success. Located on the beautiful campus of the Kildonan School in Amenia, NY., Camp Dunnabeck combines the one-on–one individualized Orton- Gillingham tutorial with a selection of fun-filled camp activities such as horseback riding, tennis, archery, and visual arts. Campers build the reading and language skills they need while having the fun time they deserve. Both day and boarding options are available.


The academic program is comprised of two parts: Orton-Gillingham language tutorials and subject-matter courses. Both parts of the academic program work together to provide each student with a rigorous educational program that meets the student’s individual learning needs while preparing for 21st century college and career readiness in a global environment. The student body is grouped by age into the Lower School (grades 2-8) and the Upper School (grades 9-12). Students take classes in all buildings on the lower campus. There are many occasions when the whole school gathers for united learning experiences, thus supporting the close-knit community of learners at Kildonan, and fostering constructive friendships between our youngest and oldest students. Curriculum in grades 6-10 follow the MYP IB program.

Mission Statement

Our Mission: The Kildonan School empowers students with dyslexia to regain confidence and exercise their strengths. Daily one-to-one language tutorials complement an innovative, challenging curriculum that inspires students to love learning while preparing for college and beyond.


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Admission Information

Kildonan and Camp Dunnabeck accept students of average to above-average intelligence with a diagnosis of dyslexia and/or a language-based learning disability. Students must have recent testing [educational and psychological testing given within the last three years (WISC/WAIS test must include sub-test scores; also include measures of achievement such as WJ-III or WIAT-II)].




Grades Cost Term
Middle School $68,900 Annual

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  (845) 373-2012
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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 80
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
3 7
4 3
5 4
6 3
7 8
8 8
9 7
10 16
11 12
12 12

The Kildonan School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing The Kildonan School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 3 : 1
Gender 62% Male / 38% Female
Dress Code Formal
Percent Boarding 40%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 88%
Multi-racial 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 6%
Director of Advancement   Mimi Babcock
Dean of Student Life   Karl Oppenheimer
Academic Dean   Mary Taft
Assistant Head   Jeremy Robbins
Headmaster   Kevin Pendergast


Extra Curricular activities range from competitive and non-competitive team sports including an Equestrian and Ski program. Offerings in fine arts, including media/technology, theater arts, and design. A music program which includes instrumental offerings and voice. Community Service and various club offerings.
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Drawing
  • Equestrian
  • Photography
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Student Council
  • Tennis
  • Theater
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting

Associations & Memberships

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

State or regional independent school association

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

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