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The Storm King School

The Storm King School is a coeducational private boarding traditional school for students in grades 8 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural

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Overview

Overview

The Storm King School says

Founded in 1867 and located at the peak of Storm King Mountain in the Hudson River Valley, The Storm King School's 54 acre campus is just about an hour north of New York City. As an independent co-ed boarding and day school for students in grades 8-12 and PG, we represent 25 different countries this year! We are proud to be one of the few schools in the country that has a five to one student/faculty ratio with an average class size of 10 students. With this great ratio, we are able to focus on providing an individualized educational environment that is both supportive and challenging to each student.

The SKS education is highly experiential. Our teachers often utilize our surrounding resources of New York City, The Storm King Arts Center, or the 3,800 acre Black Rock Forest across the street just to name a few. Our diverse college preparatory curriculum (including 10 AP courses of at least 1 in every subject area) seeks to stimulate our students and immerse them in a highly experiential education. We truly believe that active experiential engagement is an educational keystone and one of the reasons we are leaders in the 21st century classroom.

Personal growth is provided not only within the academic program but also through championship athletics, superb performing, visual and fine arts, a wide variety of extra-curricular and weekend activities, and community living that is "one big family." At SKS, we attribute our success and 100% college acceptance rate to small classes, individualized attention and a nurturing learning environment.

The Storm King School campus has three academic classroom buildings, library (with computer laboratory and smart boards in each classroom), theatre (230-seat capacity), visual arts center (including a state-of-the-art digital design lab), ceramics studio, gymnasium with a wrestling room, cardio fitness center & weight room, two athletic fields, two rock climbing walls, five dormitories, beautiful dining hall (with extensive menu options and a view that overlooks the majestic Hudson River/Shawangunk Ridge/Catskill Mountain Ranges), observatory (with Newtonian telescope), and much more!

Curriculum

The Storm King School is deliberate in making the student-teacher relationship the heart and center of the work we do. Every part of our program, each class, team, club, and weekend activity is an extension of this purpose and the tools we use to accomplish it. In doing this, we continue a tradition of teaching and learning that extends back to the school’s founding in 1867.

Storm King is an innovative place where students see themselves as world citizens. We are preparing them for the 21st century through a personalized and challenging academic curriculum, through a variety of programs in the arts and athletics, and through opportunities for leadership and community service.

Often, our students leave the traditional classroom to take advantage of the Hudson Valley’s and New York City’s extraordinary cultural and educational opportunities.

Committed to service, students participate in at least 20 hrs of community service project every year. Our students contribute significantly through student government, arts and literary publications and their participation in co-curricular programs.

Believers in physical fitness and the benefits of team and individual sports, Storm King students have the opportunity to choose from 20 interscholastic athletic activities and compete in interscholastic competition throughout New York State and New England.

Our small class size encourages our students to pursue a wide range of interests and to take active responsibility for the well-being and growth of our school community. Every student is empowered to participate in the creation of a caring and engaging community of learners.

All students at the Storm King School receive academic support in the form of designated extra help periods, meetings with their Academic Advisor, and structured study halls during the day and every evening Sunday through Thursday. In addition to this support, further services are in place for students with a history of difficulties in school as well as students with documented learning differences. These services are provided through our Academic Support Program.

The Academic Support Program is designed to work with bright, college-bound students who need additional support. All students in the Academic Support Program enroll in our Metacognition class (“Metacog” for short). While this class is dependent on the learning requirements of each student, it generally focuses on helping each student understand his or her learning needs. The class is taught by a teacher who specializes in working with students who have language-based differences, executive functioning needs, or other similar challenges that sometimes stand in the way of bright students’ preparation for college. The goals of the Academic Support Program at SKS include:

  • Practicing strategies for critical reading and reasoning
  • Enabling students to strengthen self-esteem and self-monitoring in the academic arena
  • Guiding students to develop and maintain systems for managing schoolwork, extracurricular responsibilities and free time
  • Providing students with organizational techniques to fit their needs and styles
  • Providing support so that their natural talents may be demonstrated
  • Teaching students to be constructive advocates for themselves in and out of the classroom
  • Working together with the Academic Dean’s Office to secure testing accommodations for College Board tests including the PSAT, SAT, and AP Exams and the American
  • College Test (ACT) in cases where students have documented learning differences requiring them
  • College Planning and Transition Support for students with documented learning differences

Mission Statement

The Storm King School inspires students toward academic strength and confidence. We offer a caring faculty and community that embrace character, balance, and trust.

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Student Life Information

A Message from The Dean of Students (Mr. Al Lewis) -- For nearly 150 years, The Storm King School has been a thriving community of scholars, athletes, and artists. With our core values of truth, respect, and responsibility, we strive to bring out the very best in each of our students, both in and out of the classroom. The Storm King School is a true boarding school—about 85 percent of our students live on campus. The residential experience at Storm King educates the whole student, both in and out of the classroom. The residence experience builds a strong community through evening and weekend activities, such as club meetings, study groups, off-campus trips, and much more. The student activities committee keeps dorm life active with pizza study breaks, dances, concerts, and much more. Living on campus helps you get to know your teachers better because most faculty members also live there. Many of them even live in the dorms. In fact, up to 20 faculty members are active in each dorm as advisers, residents, coaches, or friends—and there’s at least one faculty apartment on each floor of every dormitory. Our focus at SKS is on individual development, and or programs are designed to facilitate that development. We believe that students learn best in a supportive and safe environment, and we challenge our students every day to continue to improve. Please take a look at the exciting descriptions of the activities and opportunities available to SKS students and feel free to contact us with any questions. See you on the mountain!

Finance

Finance

Tuition

Grades Cost Term
Middle School $28,816 - $53,945 Annual
High School $28,816 - $53,945 Annual

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Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (845) 534-9860
Email
  [email protected]

Academics

Academics

Academic Calendar: Trimester

Test Scores

1440 25th percentile score for the SAT Composite

1700 75th percentile score for the SAT Composite

1550 Average score for the SAT Composite

  • AP Art History
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics B
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
  • AP Studio Art: Drawing
  • American Sign Language
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
  • English

Student Services

Student Services
    Academic Support Services
  • The Academic Support Program is designed to work with bright, college-bound students who need additional support. All students in the Academic Support Program enroll in our Metacognition class (“Metacog” for short). While this class is dependent on the learning requirements of each student, it generally focuses on helping each student understand his or her learning needs. The class is taught by a teacher who specializes in working with students who have language-based differences, executive functioning needs, or other similar challenges that sometimes stand in the way of bright students’ preparation for college. The goals of the Academic Support Program at SKS include: - Practicing strategies for critical reading and reasoning - Enabling students to strengthen self-esteem and self-monitoring in the academic arena - Guiding students to develop and maintain systems for managing schoolwork, extracurricular responsibilities and free time - Providing students with organizational techniques to fit their needs and styles - Providing support so that their natural talents may be demonstrated - Teaching students to be constructive advocates for themselves in and out of the classroom - Working together with the Academic Dean’s Office to secure testing accommodations for College Board tests including the PSAT, SAT, and AP Exams and the American - College Test (ACT) in cases where students have documented learning differences requiring them - College Planning and Transition Support for students with documented learning differences
  • Centers Of Research
  • Counseling Services
  • Research Facilities

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 170
Student Teacher Ratio 5 : 1
Average Class Size 10
Gender 53% Male / 47% Female
Dress Code Formal
Percent Boarding 80%
Assistant Dean of Students   Mr. James Bennett
Headmaster   Mr. Jonathan Lamb
Dean of Academics   Mr. Harold Heno
Assistant Dean of Academics   Ms. Ingrid Ciunga
Dean of Students   Mr. Al Lewis
Assistant Dean of Students   Ms. Kristen Shuart
College Counselor   Mr. Jim Leppla
Dean of Faculty   Mr. Jeremy Freeman

Extracurriculars

  • Acapella
  • Art Club
  • Ceramics
  • Choir
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Hiking
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Team
  • Musical Theater
  • Photography
  • Sailboat Building
  • Student Government
  • Yearbook

Associations & Memberships

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

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