At Kildonan, we change lives...
The Kildonan School is a leading coeducational, independent college-preparatory school for students with dyslexia and language-based learning differences in grades 2 through 12, PG, offering both day and boarding options. Kildonan's founder, Diana Hanbury King, is an educational pioneer. She established Kildonan for students with average to above-average intelligence who struggle with dyslexia and language-based learning differences in 1969, a time when few understood the meaning of these words. While Kildonan has grown to meet the changing needs of our students, we are as committed to Diana's singular mission today as when it was founded more than 40 years ago.
Our mission is to empower students by increasing their self-esteem and motivation. Kildonan is unique in that each of our students receive daily 1:1 Orton-Gillingham language skills tutoring which meets the child at the level of their individual need. In addition, Kildonan offers small, college-preparatory, innovative subject matter classes, extensive fine arts, music and design experiences, and competitive athletic teams. 100% of our graduates are accepted to a wide range of colleges and universities throughout the country and Canada.
What are Language-Based Learning Differences?People with dyslexia, or a language-based learning difference, are those who, despite traditional classroom teaching, struggle with elements of our language system. The dyslexic brain is wired in such a way that the usual pathways for reading and writing language function differently.
At Kildonan, we have developed the academic program to address each student's language-based needs as well as to develop the special gifts and talents each possesses. Learning here is structured, sequential, individualized and student-centered — an approach that recognizes the unique struggles and strengths of each student and enables our students to gain the confidence they need to be successful.
Love learning again...
"Kildonan changed the way I think about school."We frequently hear these words from our students and graduates. Kildonan believes that students with dyslexia are bright, resourceful and creative, but lack the tools they need to use their gifts and reach their full potential.
We have helped many students gain those tools, build their confidence, and learn how to learn and love school again. With more than 40 years of experience, we know what works.
by Peggy Tarvin, parent of Annabel '17My grandparents, parents, and children are all the products of a public school education. My grandmother taught in a one room school house in Virginia in the 1920's. Both grandmothers were school teachers as well as my father, my brother and my sister. Two of my older children are newly certified NY state teachers. Education is ingrained in my very being, and consequently my number one priority. And for me personally, reading has been a life long passion. I belong to not one - but three book groups.
Going into senior year, two years later, I had serious reservations about whether my child would get into college. Again, Kildonan ensured that every child taking the SAT/ACT's had appropriate accommodations. No longer was my child singled out in class for "special" test-taking - because every one got the same treatment. Kildonan's professional staff ushered her through the college application process and she was accepted to 5 excellent colleges. She has the same opportunities ahead of her as her non-dyslexic peers.
Love what your future holds...
"Kildonan has helped me with my confidence in the classroom. Now I am not afraid to ask how to spell a word or for a teacher to repeat what she just went over. I often wonder where I would be if I had not come to this school."With an education from Kildonan, your child's future is boundless. Our students learn that they can achieve anything they put their mind to and succeed. They have the tools, confidence and ability to conquer challenges, think critically, and set their sights as high as they dare.
Make the Change...Love School Again!