With a wide range of student ages and residential status, student life at Kildonan has many faces. All elementary age students are day students, making up approximately 30% of the school population. The students in grades 2-6 experience a typical day that includes academics, fine arts, group activities, community building, community service, student government, and after school athletics. They will also participate in field trips, Thursdays at Butternut Ski Resort, and many on-campus all-school events and programs.
Day students in grades 7-12 are fully integrated into daily school life with our boarding students, and are often invited to participate in activities and special dinners following regular dismissal with permission from the Office of Student Life. Day students form close friendships and bonds with boarding students, and often host boarding students at their homes on weekends. They also have the opportunity to participate in weekend outings and/or spend a night in the dorms with boarding students based on their Effort System level. There is a student lounge for day students where they can feel at home on campus.
Day students provide their own transportation to and from school, or may receive bussing from their local school districts.
Boarding is available to all students in grades 7-12. Families have two options: 5-Day boarding and 7-Day boarding. In a typical school year, approximately 70% of our older students reside on campus in our dorms. Our 5-Day boarders usually live within reasonable driving distance and either take the Metro-North train home from Wassaic bus station or get picked up by a parent or guardian after school on Friday afternoon. 5-Day boarders live with us from Sunday dinner through Friday afternoon, and stay on campus over closed weekends which occur two times during the academic school year.
The majority of our boarding students are 7-Day boarders, and they are with us most weekends when school is in session. Students enjoy the many opportunities that boarding school life provides while parents appreciate the enhanced educational experience their child receives, including the structured daily schedule and supervised study time, as well as a defined social network. See what residential life at Kildonan can offer your child!