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